Dang doi lai ming (Hong Kong 1941) (Waiting For Dawn) Reviews
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.
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.
beautiful and romantic, i heart chow yun fat