Dance Of A Dream

As a plain Jane who falls for a handsome ballroom dancer, comedienne Sandra Ng steals a march on her more famous co-stars in "Dance of a Dream," a modern-day Cinderella story that will enchant Sinophiles but probably seem terminally lightweight to others.

With:
With: Andy Lau, Anita Mui, Sandra Ng, Lam Ka-tung, Edison Chen, Cherrie Ying, Ronald Cheng, Helena Tam, Belinda Hamnett, Shirley Huang, Lam Tze-chung, Suzanne Chung, Stephanie Chan.

As a plain Jane who falls for a handsome ballroom dancer, comedienne Sandra Ng steals a march on her more famous co-stars in “Dance of a Dream,” a modern-day Cinderella story that will enchant Sinophiles but probably seem terminally lightweight to others. A healthy, midrange success locally over Christmas and New Year, pic would have benefited from more gloss on the production side, but otherwise makes a diverting entry for Asia-friendly fests.

Star-driven vehicle features three names playing off each other: Ng as Kam, a waitress who signs up at the school run by heartthrob N.S. Lau (superstar Andy Lau), only to be politely ignored as N.S. gives rich-bitch Tina (Cantopop queen Anita Mui) personal tango lessons. Given the entirely predictable plot, enjoyment comes from watching the actors (all very buff) go through their moves, while the screenplay leaves plenty of room for character comedy by the staff and other pupils (including Cherrie Ying as a hooker), some of which hardly comes over in the subtitles. Pic’s good-natured tone is summed up by a full production number halfway through, to the music of “Never on Sunday.”

Dance Of A Dream

Hong Kong

Production: A Media Asia Films/Teamwork Motion Pictures presentation of a Teamwork production. (International sales: Media Asia Distribution, H.K.) Produced by Clement Mak, John Chong. Executive producers, Andy Lau, Andrew Lau. Directed by Andrew Lau. Screenplay, Felix Chong.

Crew: Camera (color), Andrew Lau, Ko Chiu-lam; editors, Danny Pang, Curran Pang; music, Jacky Chan, Macro Wan; art director, Joel Chong; costume designer, Lee Pik-kwan. Reviewed at Berlin Film Festival (Forum), Feb. 14, 2002. Cantonese dialogue. Running time: 93 MIN.

With: With: Andy Lau, Anita Mui, Sandra Ng, Lam Ka-tung, Edison Chen, Cherrie Ying, Ronald Cheng, Helena Tam, Belinda Hamnett, Shirley Huang, Lam Tze-chung, Suzanne Chung, Stephanie Chan.

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