Boy Met Girl
Hong Kong 2003
Directed by Ka Lok-Si.

Not a bad story, for once, with occassionally complex emotional relationships. But for some reason it was shot as a Category III movie, despite the fact that none of the main characters reveal anything. So you have a movie which moves along at a steady pace only to stop in its tracks for an extended love scene in which we only see blankets, rubbed belly buttons, and a tangle of legs. Clearly the filmmakers were not confident enough in the story to feel that it would attract viewers without the Category III label.

An uncaring gigolo who runs a bar takes girls home every night, and throws them out uncaringly in the morning. He meets an old friend (Samuel Leung) who is down on his luck and gives him a job in the bar. Two sisters visit the bar and strike up relationships with the men. Grace Lam has been having a string of one night stands without attachments, while her sister (Chan Chiu Chiu) hasn't gone out since her boyfriend was killed in a car accident. Meanwhile, a girl named AV Yuki likes to videotape men as they molest her, providing some topless nudity here and there throughout the picture.

BOY MET GIRL is rather long for a digital video of this type, not quite two hours but well over the usual 80 minutes. It allows the characters to develop, each with their own backstory. And surprisingly, all of the four main characters get to grow and change, another nice change from the usual sea of one dimensional characters thrust on hapless viewers in movies of such low production quality.

Rating: Not Recommended (Not Recommended)

Posted by Peter Nepstad on July 13, 2004.

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