The Floating Landscape

A bland sudser in which a grieving young woman, whose boyfriend has died of cancer in Hong Kong, travels to his home town in Mainland China and finds new love with a kindly postman. Set in the attractive coastal city of Qingdao, the film looks handsome but lacks substance and doesn't look likely to make much of an impact internationally.

With:
With: Karena Lam, Liu Ye, Ekin Cheng.

A bland sudser in which a grieving young woman, whose boyfriend has died of cancer in Hong Kong, travels to his home town in Mainland China and, after a great deal of suffering, finds new love with a kindly postman. Set in the attractive coastal city of Qingdao, the film looks handsome but lacks substance and doesn’t look likely to make much of an impact internationally.

With memories of her dead artist lover, Sam (pop star Ekin Cheng), very much in her mind, Maan (Karena Lam) decides to find the beautiful, tree-lined home he frequently told her about which was the subject of his final landscape painting. She wants to place his ashes there. But she can’t find the place, even with the help of friendly postman Lit (Liu Ye), who falls in love with her. It takes a long time for the inevitable to happen, as the soulful heroine wanders the streets of the town, consumed with flashback memories of Sam, or gets ever closer to the seriously charming Lit. The film contains no surprises and no new insights into the grieving process. Production values are sumptuous, however.

The Floating Landscape

Hong Kong-France-Japan

Production: A Filmko Entertainment, Sil Metropole Organization (Hong Kong)/NHK (Japan)/Rosem Films (France) co-production. (International sales: Filmko Films Distribution, Hong Kong.) Produced by Stanley Kwan, Arthur Wong. Co-producers, Ueda Makoto, Sylvain Bursztejn, Christine Ravet. Directed by Carol Lai Miu-suet. Screenplay, Carol Lai Miu-suet, Lai Ho.

Crew: Camera (color), Arthur Wong; editors, Carol Lai Miu-suet , Danny Pang; music, Shigeru Umebayashi; production designer, Ben Luk; costumes, William Chang. Reviewed at Venice Film Festival (Venice 60, competing), Sept. 1, 2003. Running time: 103 MIN.

With: With: Karena Lam, Liu Ye, Ekin Cheng.

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