Beautifully lit and shot (by Pang Ho-cheung’s regular d.p., Charlie Lam), but archly written and played, “Amphetamine” will be a downer for any except gay male auds in search of some lusciously lensed softcore porn. Third feature by Mainland-born, Hong Kong-based filmmaker Scud (aka Danny Cheng) flips the cross-horses theme of his previous “Permanent Residence” (gay falls for straight) in a scattershot yarn about a straight fitness trainer falling for a gay financial consultant. A modest career in card-carrying ghettoes looms.
Pint-sized martial artist Kafka (buff Byron Pang), breaking up with g.f. May (Linda So), falls for cocky yuppie David (Anglo-Chinese DJ Thomas Price) and after a lot of flirting, the pair finally get it on. But Kafka has a troubled past (and a drug problem) and David a onetime g.f., Linda (former Miss Hong Kong Winnie Leung). Co-directed by the experienced Lawrence Lau (“Spacked Out,” “Queen of Temple Street”) but none the better for it, the pic boasts often excruciating dialogue matched by an increasingly risible story: On the day Lehman Bros. tanks, David leaves work early to go rappelling with Kafka. Right.