|Yat luk che 2002 Hong Kong Just One Look|
Summary: This coming-of-age film from Riley Yip features very little urgency, but the nostalgic atmosphere and agreeable emotions make this one of the most enjoyable Hong Kong films of the year. Featuring those Twins girls.
Director Riley Yip recovers from the saccharine overload that was Lavender to deliver Just One Look, probably this year's most agreeable Hong Kong film. A rather simple coming-of-age story, it fuses fine Cheung Chau locations with a sweet tone and a generous love of Chinese cinema. It also downplays the fact that pop darlings Twins act in the film. Sure, their mugs are front and center on the advertising, and they can be heard on the soundtrack, but everything the girls do is in service to the film, and not once do we get to see a trademark pout or ingenue-type fit. It's all quite refreshing.
Shawn Yue stars as Fan, a Cheung Chau-born young man who spends his time selling sugar cane with his grandmother (Lee Fung) outside the local cinema. Years ago, his father (Sam Lee) reportedly shot himself in the restroom of the cinema, but Fan has suspected all along that is was local gangster Crazy (Anthony Wong) who pulled the trigger. In the ten years since, Fan has fueled his vendetta by secretly sniping Crazy with a slingshot, though he's too scared to confront him in person.
Fan's cohort in youthful mischief is buddy Fishball Ming (Wong Yau-Nam of boy band Shine). Ming leads their group of friends as they fight with local toughs and torture rats for fun. Both also take a shine to Nam (Charlene Choi, AKA: Twin #1), the daughter of a kung-fu teacher (Eric Kot). Fan and Ming join up at the school in order to get closer to Nam, whom Ming dubs "heroine". However, Fan finds himself attracted to a mysterious girl in white (Gillian Chung, AKA: Twin #2), who lives in a local convent. He resolves to write to her, but finds himself unable to find the words. Luckily, he can use the film synopses outside the cinema to compose his letters, which she receives willingly. Then...more stuff happens.