A 16-year-old street girl and a 60-year-old retired policeman form an odd-couple friendship in “Glass Tears,” a rather familiar tale of cross-generational distrust boosted by assured playing from veteran actor Law Lit as the cop. Outside East Asia, sales to specialized TV webs are the natural destination for this first feature by Carol Lai, 35, a former a.d. and TV producer still working out a distinctive directorial voice.
Law, a ’70s Shaw brothers contract player best known for his martial arts roles under the name Lo Lieh, plays Wu, a former Mainland policeman who’s summoned from his beachside home to find his missing granddaughter, Cho. In his search, he hooks up with P (newcomer Zeny Kwok), an all-attitude teenager with a voice like a chainsaw, who claims she’s owed money by her absent friend. After some initial sparring, the drifting teen and tough cop slowly develop a liking for each other, and are later joined by P’s boyfriend, Tofu (Chui Tien-you). Pic’s ambling construction encompasses a variety of styles, both mannered and naturalistic, with the content at times stretched extremely thin. Original Chinese title literally means “Glass, Girl.”