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Crying Heart

As its title suggests, Jing Wong's weepy "Crying Heart" (also less delicately known as "A Dumb Boy") isn't afraid to suspend logic or pile up melodramatic incidents in service of a full-on tearduct assault. Tale of an impoverished, dying mother and her retarded son lays on the formula bathos too thickly for all but undiscriminating fans, despite adequate direction and decent lead perfs.

With:
With: Deanie Ip, Patrick Tam, Suki Kwan, Sau Leung, Emotion Cheung, Joe Lee, Jimmy Wong Ga Lok.

As its title suggests, Jing Wong’s weepy “Crying Heart” (also less delicately known as “A Dumb Boy”) isn’t afraid to suspend logic or pile up melodramatic incidents in service of a full-on tearduct assault. Tale of an impoverished, dying mother and her retarded son lays on the formula bathos too thickly for all but undiscriminating fans, despite adequate direction and decent lead perfs.

Wasting away from cancer, the biggest worry of Mrs. Fat (Deanie Ip, whose histrionics won a Taiwan Golden Horse Award) is the future of her only child, Bee (Patrick Tam), a 30-year-old with the naive haplessness of a toddler — albeit one that’s beginning to notice women’s breasts, a curiosity that gets his groin spray-painted by the thuggish b.f. of neighbor May (Suki Kwan). Having stolen some heroin, the thug is killed, and pregnant May is seriously disabled. She becomes Bee’s new “mom” after the real one finally expires (though not before endless scenes of spitting blood, collapsing in the rain, pleading with God, etc.). Pic’s bid for sympathetic treatment of the mentally/physically handicapped is earnest, but heavy-handed script leaves no room for subtlety.

Crying Heart

Hong Kong

Production: A Charles Heung and Imperial Intl. Ltd. presentation of a Sundy Production Co. Ltd. production. Produced by Jing Wong.

Crew: Directed, screenplay by Jing Wong. Camera (color), Herman Yau; editor, Poon Hung Yi; music supervisor, Jolland Chan. Reviewed at San Francisco Asian Film Festival, Aug. 17, 2000. Running time: 102 MIN.

With: With: Deanie Ip, Patrick Tam, Suki Kwan, Sau Leung, Emotion Cheung, Joe Lee, Jimmy Wong Ga Lok.

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