Dong fung po   2010   Hong Kong Merry-Go-Round
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Director:Clement Sze-Kit Cheng, Yan Yan Mak
Studio:Dragonfly J
Writer:Clement Sze-Kit Cheng, Yan Yan Mak
IMDb Rating:6.4 (108 votes)
Awards:1 win & 1 nomination
Duration:126 min
Clement Sze-Kit Cheng, Yan Yan Mak  ...  (Director)
Clement Sze-Kit Cheng, Yan Yan Mak  ...  (Writer)
Teddy Robin Kwan  ...  Uncle Hill
Nora Miao  ...  Eva
Lawrence Chou  ...  Allen
Ella Koon  ...  Merry / Young Eva
Denise Ho  ...  Yanny (as HOCC)
Tung Cho 'Joe' Cheung  ...  Uncle Radix
Shaw Yin Yin  ...  Nancy
Wilfred Lau  ...  Leslie
Yulai Lu  ...  Young Uncle Hill
Jayson Li  ...  Shop Assistant in San Francisco Fook Yuen / Kahlil
Siu Kwan Lui  ...  Uncle Polyporus
Suet-sum Tse  ...  Radio Host (voice)
Kwai Sam Chui  ...  Uncle Elephas
Jeff Lam  ...  Toby
Jason Kwan  ...  Cinematographer
Comments: A complicated story of two women, two generations. Doubly complicated at first because one of the actresses plays the other actress's younger self. It takes a while for the film to settle into, and make clear, what it is attempting to explore. I can't put my finger on where this film comes up short of being the masterpiece it almost could have been. It has all the ingredients: tradition, love, death, etc, but the script isn't crisp enough, and one of the main characters is a little wooden and cold (beyond what the script calls for). Kudos to robo-babe Ella Koon, though, who plays two quite different roles in the film.

Summary: This is the story of two women, two generations apart, who coincidentally return to Hong Kong from San Francisco where they had their first, fleeting encounter on the streets as strangers. Back in Hong Kong they meet again, still a brief encounter, when one buys Chinese herbal drugs from a store owned by the other. Their lives are actually much more connected, through two unrelated men, as the audience will soon find out.

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