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Cross-Harbour Tunnel

(Cantonese dialogue)

(Cantonese dialogue)

Four stories ranging in tone from broad comedy to melodrama intersect against a backdrop of Hong Kong night life in Lawrence Wong’s modest but diverting feature debut, “Cross-Harbour Tunnel.” Hip and amusing without offering much that’s entirely fresh or new, this indie production has a loose, playful feel and a busy musicvideo aesthetic that should pave its way into limited festival and TV lineups.

Toying with various contemporary Asian film genres, Wong dexterously crosses the paths of the various characters without having them interact in any significant way. The stories concern a couple checking into a love hotel to try partner-swapping for the first time; a teenage mob recruit on his debut assignment for a triad gang; a drunken barfly who finds the keys to an apartment and falls in love with its absent owner; and a Philippine maid who demands the return not only of a ring but also of the severed finger of her lounge-singing former lover. While some of the humor is clumsy and glib, and none of the stories carries much weight, the pic remains pacey and entertaining.

Cross-Harbour Tunnel

(HONG KONG)

Production: A Billy's Outgrowth Workshop production. (International sales: Billy's Outgrowth Workshop, Hong Kong.) Produced by Karen Chu, Ken Wong, Lawrence Wong, Carly Wong. Directed by Lawrence Wong. Screenplay, Wong, GC Goo Bi. Camera (color, Super- 16, video), Ng Yuet-fung, Ah Wai; editor, Chan Chi-wai; music, Anthony Teoh; art director, Kim Lo, Su Au. Reviewed at Rotterdam Film Festival (Main Program), Jan. 30, 2000. (Also in Berlin Film Festival --- Forum.) Original title: Guo hoi suido. Running time: 93 MIN.

With: With: Syna Lee, Martin Kam, Anthony Teoh, Pauline Yam, GC Goo Bi, Kwan Lung.

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