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Dang doi lai ming (Hong Kong 1941) (Waiting For Dawn) Reviews

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½ May 23, 2015
this period pic set as the title suggests in 1941 was cheesy and uneven.
April 5, 2013
A woman narrates her personal story of the Japanese takeover of Hong Kong in 1941, and the two men who protected her. An inconsistent pace and an awkwardly placed ending do not spoil its nostalgia and attentiveness to character development and a genuinely heart warming story of friendship.
bbcfloridabound
Super Reviewer
May 22, 2012
The worst movie I have seen from asia to date, just had no meaning 1 star
August 27, 2011
Old drama that is often painfully slow. Some good directing in parts, especially the chicken/katana scene near the end.
½ February 8, 2011
Biographical narrative from the perspective of the daughter of a wealthy land owner set against the occupation of Japanese forces in 1941 Hong Kong.

Chow Yun-Fat stands out with his usual charms.

Featuring some truly horrific scenes, it also plods along at other points without much purpose, making the whole of it tough to get through. The third act improved the quality.

I wanted to like it, but it was just paced too slowly given there was a lot of action to portray.
½ January 31, 2011
Interested story with interesting characters. Superb acting from Chow, Man and Yip who combines together to create this friendship story in surviving World War II in China while Japan invades. Beautiful cinematography with smooth editing and music.
½ March 31, 2010
One of my least favorite Chow Yun-fat movies. Forgettable really.
September 23, 2009
A romantic piece of drama with mixed and complicated sentiment: brotherhood, love, and patriotism. That dawn was immortal and ever beautiful. Chow Yun Fat, Ip Tung and Man Jie leung were as great as usual, amazing casting by the crew!
½ May 18, 2008
Slept on by far too many. In the golden days of the HK-actionflick Po Chieh Long delivers this gripping epic tale with top performances from all three main actors. And all of this in under 100 minutes. A feat.
May 13, 2008
slow, slow and oh yeah. SLOW. I the actors were good but I had a hard time staying awake.
May 11, 2008
this movie is great, it is kind of predictable but it captures a certain sentiment perfectly.
½ April 17, 2008
For a Hong Kong film of the early 1980s this is a well made film. It would have been nice to have seen the Japanese attack Hong Kong although this would never have been possible on the budget.
For a character driven story there is some considerable depth to the film, starting with the British evacuating the city for Australia (Leaving behind the locals and a small force of soldiers to hold back the Japanese invaders), to the mainland refugees who have fled to Hong Kong.
It's also nice to see how the local people tried to survive in occupied Hong Kong either by assisting the Japanese or risking brutal punishment. It doesnt go into too much depth of the Japanese brutality but what we do see is deeply moving and shocking.
Hong Kong 1941 is well worth seeing, not just for the impressive cast but also for the touching and moving story of 3 friends trying to survive in wartime Hong Kong.
January 24, 2008
waiting for someone...?????
deano
Super Reviewer
January 19, 2008
Chow Yun-Fat does good performance as a drifter who befriends a young couple in Hong Kong during World War II. Director Leong Po-chih tells the story as a flashback, in nostalgic gold hues, with an unusual attentiveness to character and plot.
January 2, 2008
sooooo good
beautiful and romantic, i heart chow yun fat
December 24, 2007
Excellent, if brutal World War 2 melodrama, with a typically great performance from Chow Yun Fat.
September 10, 2007
Chow Yun-Fat stars in this beautiful drama about the occupation of Hong Kong. Chances are you haven't seen it so do yourself a favor and check it out now.
½ September 1, 2007
it was one of a few serious production in early 1980s Hong Kong cinema. Need to bear in mind the social context of the film production when watch it.
½ July 30, 2007
Darker and more gruesome than expected.
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