Love and the City

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Like a fine soup, this Hong Kong film offers a deft blend of several film genres to tell the story of an unlucky ex-con and the woman he loves. Having just been released from prison, Wu returns to the home of his widowed father. He is the classical angry young man; much of his anger stems from his disappointment in his father who failed to protect him when Wu was a child. The boy soon became a delinquent. When the adult Wu gets home he is not welcomed as his arrival interrupts his father's plans to remarry. As the aimless ex-con wanders about the city looking for action, he encounters Jo-Jo- who a mobster's moll who also is looking for fun. The two are drawn to each other, but are torn apart by Jo-Jo's boyfriend's henchmen who beat Wu and warn him to stay away. Back home, the daughter of Wu's father's fiance wants to stop the wedding. She forces herself upon Wu and then screams "rape." Wu continues to see Jo-Jo, but during one secret meeting encounters the scene of a murder. He is accused and sentenced for the crime. Wu escapes and heads for Jo-Jo. His father realizes that Wu was innocent and tries to help him. ~ Sandra Brennan, Rovi


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