A undeniably 90s, gritty Chinese romance. The film is separated into two parallel stories of policemen who both struggle with their love lives. The two segments are presented differently when it comes to genres. The first story is more of a gritty noir-style story, whilst the second part is more of a romantic comedy. Definitely an breath of fresh air (even though it's older than me) when it comes to structure.
The first time I saw this movie I didn't like it. I don't think I was ready for it. I think Roger Ebert once said this is a movie for film buffs. You have to know something about film to enjoy it. At the time, I guess I had to get my knowledge up. Revisited it some years later and I fell in love. Wholeheartedly. It's in my heart yo. A part of my heart, my self image, my identity. A little movie. But a profound one.
Gets me every time. The colors, the camera work, the unexpected acts of kindness, the love and shitty days we go through by ourselves. Brief encounters and unexpected interactions leave you with the bittersweet feeling that you're not far at all from their reality, their lack of hope so big that one doesn't even notice the changes the apartment suffered after being broken in on a daily basis.
Asserita la qualità della regia, poco rimane da fare se non stupirsi davanti all'intreccio narrativo piacevole e brillante. Ho storto il naso al primo cambio di protagonista ed al calo di tono del passaggio da una storia all'altra, dal momento che sia Kaneshiro che la sua amata risultano di gran lunga più affascinanti delle loro controparti, ma ciononostante ho apprezzato il soggetto. Mettetevelo sulla lista.