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Leave Me Alone

Playing like a gay/straight version of "Suture" laced with Thai humor, Hong Kong action comedy "Leave Me Alone" benefits from a firm hand on the unwieldy material by Danny Pang, here directing sans brother Oxide. Too off-the-wall and roughly executed for wider release, "Leave Me Alone" could fit fests with an Asian bent.

With:
With: Ekin Cheng, Charlene Choi, Dayo Wong, Jan Lamb, Kenny Bee.

Playing like a gay/straight version of “Suture” laced with Thai humor, Hong Kong action comedy “Leave Me Alone” benefits from a firm hand on the unwieldy — and frequently hysterical — material by Danny Pang, here directing sans brother Oxide. Too off-the-wall and roughly executed for wider release, “Leave Me Alone” could fit fests with an Asian bent.

Gay fashion designer Yiu Chu-man (Ekin Cheng) is reunited at the Hong Kong airport with his heterosexual twin brother, Yiu Chu-kit (also Cheng), who’s been living in Thailand. Financially challenged Chu-kit asks to borrow his brother’s car and Hong Kong driver’s license but then ends up in a coma after a traffic incident, hospitalized under the name Chu-man. Jane (Charlene Choi), Kit’s manipulative Thai g.f, then orders the real Chu-man to come to Bangkok and pose as his brother to get a bank loan. Meanwhile, Chu-kit recovers and has to deal with the affections of Chu-man’s lover, gay cop Ching-chung (Jan Lamb). Pic reaches fever pitch when comedic and action elements compete in a steeplechase for dominance; latter win by a nose. Straight-faced perfs are all enjoyable and relaxed.

Leave Me Alone

Hong Kong

Production: A Magic Head production. (International sales: Universe Films Distribution, Hong Kong.) Produced by Oxide Pang. Executive producers, Daniel Lam, Chiu Suet-ying. Co-producer, Alvin Lam. Directed by Danny Pang. Screenplay, Pang, Lung Wah-sum, Pang Ching-hei.

Crew: Camera (color), Vichen Reungvichayakul; editor, Curran Pang; music, Paynot Permisith; art director, Oieb Ngerntong; sound (Dolby Digital), Suwit Suparansimakul. Reviewed at Tokyo Film Festival (Winds of Asia), Oct. 26, 2004. Running time: 96 MIN.

With: With: Ekin Cheng, Charlene Choi, Dayo Wong, Jan Lamb, Kenny Bee.

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