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Let’s Love Hong Kong

Life, lesbian love and real estate are among the elements under pressure, and discussion, in "Let's Love Hong Kong," a no-budget vid drama that alternates between verite and stylized approaches. Results are provocative, if a bit haphazard.

Life, lesbian love and real estate are among the elements under pressure, and discussion, in “Let’s Love Hong Kong,” a no-budget vid drama that alternates between verite and stylized approaches. Results are provocative, if a bit haphazard. Pic won a top prize at this year’s Figueira fest in Portugal, and lead Lam was nominated for a mainstream Golden Horse in Taiwan. “Love” should be coveted at gay and lesbian events.

Cantonese-lingo pic tackles new subjects for Chinese cinema, combining girl-on-girl passions with Internet porn. Set amid oppressively crowded and industrialized urban landscape, tale centers on Zero (Erica Lam), who bumps into Chan (Wong Chung-Ching), who’s making pocket change by dressing up in weird costumes for a porn site, where she’s obsessively observed by Nicole (Colette Koo). Triangular dramatics are less important here than are moody mise-en-scene and understated comments on class and gender roles in modern city-state. Chi Shi-Yung’s cello-based music adds a thoughtful touch to sometimes kooky antics. Referring to a fictional Web program called “Let’s Love!,” title is an exhortation to Hong Kongers to dig each other, not be dug by outsiders, so presumably should have a salutary comma.

Let’s Love Hong Kong

China

  • Production: A Made-in-China Films (Hong Kong) production. Produced, directed, written by Yau Ching.
  • Crew: Camera (color-DV), Kam Cam, Chen Hung-Yut; editor, Chen Po-Wen; music, Chi Shing Kung; production designer, Gill Wong. Reviewed at Hawaii Film Festival, Nov. 10, 2002. Cantonese dialogue. Running time: 86 MIN.
  • With: <b>With:</b> Wong Chung-Ching, Erica Lam, Colette Koo, Maria Cordero, Ricardo Mamood, Welia Cheung.
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