Rightly describing itself as “streetwise arthouse fare,” “Heroes in Love” is a complete one-off even by Hong Kong standards. Three short films and a tailpiece, made by an eclectic combo of young talent, pic reps a conscious attempt by new production powerhouse EMG to diversify its opening slate and test the waters of commercial acceptability. Ranging in style from Wong Kar-wai Lite to more conventional filmmaking, pic is only partly successful as an overall dish and looks limited to fests and some ethnic channels.
Highest profile seg is “My Beloved,” by young matinee idols Nicholas Tse and Stephen Fung (“Gen-X Cops”), which springs few surprises in its moody tale of a gun freak who terrorizes his ex-boss at a pizza parlor. Best of the bunch is, ironically, the most straightforward: “Oh G!,” by popular disk jockey GC Goo-bi, a charming sketch, in bright, clean colors, of a young couple’s meeting and romance. Weirdest is still-photographer Shya Wing’s “Kidnap,” all cranky angles and collage-like, about a crazed lesbian making off with a loud-mouthed babe. Co-producer Jan Lamb contribs the coda “TBC,” with a narrator musing on the characters’ fates.