Review: ‘Heroes In Love’

Rightly describing itself as "streetwise arthouse fare," film is a complete one-off even by Hong Kong standards. Three short films and a tailpiece, made by an eclectic combo of young talent, pic reps a conscious attempt by new production powerhouse EMG to diversify its opening slate and test the waters of commercial acceptability.

Rightly describing itself as “streetwise arthouse fare,” “Heroes in Love” is a complete one-off even by Hong Kong standards. Three short films and a tailpiece, made by an eclectic combo of young talent, pic reps a conscious attempt by new production powerhouse EMG to diversify its opening slate and test the waters of commercial acceptability. Ranging in style from Wong Kar-wai Lite to more conventional filmmaking, pic is only partly successful as an overall dish and looks limited to fests and some ethnic channels.

Highest profile seg is “My Beloved,” by young matinee idols Nicholas Tse and Stephen Fung (“Gen-X Cops”), which springs few surprises in its moody tale of a gun freak who terrorizes his ex-boss at a pizza parlor. Best of the bunch is, ironically, the most straightforward: “Oh G!,” by popular disk jockey GC Goo-bi, a charming sketch, in bright, clean colors, of a young couple’s meeting and romance. Weirdest is still-photographer Shya Wing’s “Kidnap,” all cranky angles and collage-like, about a crazed lesbian making off with a loud-mouthed babe. Co-producer Jan Lamb contribs the coda “TBC,” with a narrator musing on the characters’ fates.

Heroes In Love

Hong Kong

Production

A PCC Skyhorse/Emperor Multimedia Group presentation of a TML production. (International sales: EMG Distribution, Hong Kong.) Produced by Winnie Yu, Albert Yeung. Executive producers, Gordon Chan, Jan Lamb.
KIDNAP: Directed by Shya Wing. Screenplay, Chang Tze-hin. Editors, William Chang, Chan Chi-wai; music, Mal Mik; art director, Man Lim-chung. Original Cantonese title: Feichau bat ho.
MY BELOVED: Directed by Nicholas Tse, Stephen Fung. Screenplay, Tse, Fung, Patrick Kong; story, Fung. Editors, William Chang, Chan Chi-wai; music, Keith Leung; art director, Chan Sai-hung. Original Cantonese title: Oidak cheung wong.
OH G!: Directed, written by GC Goo-bi. Editors, William Chang, Chan Chi-wai; music, Chan; art director, Chan Sai-hung. Original Cantonese title: Batdakliu.
TBC: Directed by Jan Lamb. Editors, Lamb, Chan Chi-wai. Original Catonese title: Doichuk.

Crew

Camera (color), O Sing-pui. Reviewed at Locarno Film Festival (Filmmakers of the Present), Aug. 7, 2001. Running time: 88 MIN. KIDNAP Directed by Shya Wing. Screenplay, Chang Tze-hin. Editors, William Chang, Chan Chi-wai; music, Mal Mik; art director, Man Lim-chung. Original Cantonese title: Feichau bat ho. With: Chang Tze-hin, Elegant Tong, Gloria Cheng. MY BELOVED Directed by Nicholas Tse, Stephen Fung. Screenplay, Tse, Fung, Patrick Kong; story, Fung. Editors, William Chang, Chan Chi-wai; music, Keith Leung; art director, Chan Sai-hung. Original Cantonese title: Oidak cheung wong. With: Wu Por. OH G! Directed, written by GC Goo-bi. Editors, William Chang, Chan Chi-wai; music, Chan; art director, Chan Sai-hung. Original Cantonese title: Batdakliu. With: Charlene Choi, Lawrence Chou. TBC Directed by Jan Lamb. Editors, Lamb, Chan Chi-wai. Original Catonese title: Doichuk.

With

KIDNAP: Chang Tze-hin, Elegant Tong, Gloria Cheng. MY BELOVED: Wu Por. OH G!: Charlene Choi, Lawrence Chou.
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