Lost in Hong Kong (2015)
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Critic Reviews for Lost in Hong Kong
Perhaps because it tries too hard to be too many things, the movie loses its punch.
Whereas "Lost in Thailand" felt like a homage to Stephen Chow's brand of slapstick, "Lost in Hong Kong" looks to be an all-encompassing love letter to Hong Kong filmmaking.
Apart from letting audiences play spot-the-Wong-Kar-Wai-reference, the movie also puts viewers in the mood for Cantopop.
A full-on homage to the best of Hong Kong pop culture from the 1980s and '90s.
Audience Reviews for Lost in Hong Kong
I remember watching Lost in Thailand either a year or two years ago and I didn't really think it was a great movie. While I gave this movie the same rating as its spiritual prequel, I found this to be a slightly better flick. A large part of the film is really paying tribute to classic Hong Kong romantic, comedy and, even, some action cinema. The film, however, doesn't really come together as well as it should, since there is a 'murder mystery' involved, there's Xu bonding with his, annoying at first, brother-in-law, there's Xu trying to finally get that one kiss from his first love that has eluded him for over 20 years, Xu's wife desperately trying to get pregnant and whether or not he's really in love with her. Structurally speaking, this is very much a sketch movie and I think that structure really does hurt the film quite a bit. None of it really ends up feeling like it's supposed to be a singular narrative. It does end up feeling that way in the last 15 minutes, but for the rest of 90+ minutes of it, it struggles to get that feeling that it's all meant to be one movie with one story and that's a problem. The film moves fast enough and it has enough to distract you from its structural flaws, for a time at least. Once the film is over, however, every flaw in the film is as obvious as the nose on my face. Again, I'm not even suggesting that the film is ever bad at any point, it's just that it never comes together in a coherent fashion to where everything feels like it's one narrative. I will say, however, that parts of the climactic act itself are surprisingly really sweet, in how Xu realizes that the woman he's always wanted is the one he has been married to for 20 years and how holding on to a past love has kept him from realizing that. It's done in a fairly melodramatic manner, like it was designed that way, as a tribute to old romance classics from Hong Kong, but I thought it actually was kind of sweet. Again, maybe a tad melodramatic but I completely understand why it was like that. The characters themselves aren't exactly super compelling, Xu being the most interesting of them all, obviously, but even Xu doesn't have any real depth. While I can understand holding on to your first love because you never got the chance to make it work, I think the character really needed something more than just that. Maybe I'm wrong, but that's just me. It's not bad, just felt that the character needed something more than that and his unfulfilled dreams of being a painter. Though those are some fairly universal themes, a great percentage of people aren't doing what they really wanna do in life. So I guess that's what they were going for. So, yea, not a bad movie, an improvement over Lost in Thailand, but it's sketch-like structure really ended up hurting the movie when it came to trying to tell a story. This is average at best, but I can't really recommend it.
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