Dance of a Dream
Hong Kong 2001
Directed by Andrew Lau.

Comparisons to the Japanese film SHALL WE DANCE are inevitable in this film about a girl (Sandra Ng) who becomes infatuated with a dance instructor (Andy Lau) and decides to learn to dance. But where SHALL WE DANCE soared as the infatuated student becomes committed to dancing, DANCE OF A DREAM doesn't even get off the ground. It moves from one scene from the next as if on autopilot. When Sandra Ng joins the group of misfit dancers, the very next scene they have become best friends. Excuse me? Couldn't we watch their relationship develop? Not a chance. It's as if the story is so routine the filmmakers don't even bother to put it through the paces. And hey, what about dancing? There's a lot of it in the movie, but it is completely incidental to the story. You never feel the passion of dance through any of the characters. Anita Mui plays the other love interest, a rich woman who never smiles, until she does the tango with Andy Lau. Fans of the actors will find a lot to enjoy in their performances despite the fact the film itself is largely a dud.

Rating: Marginally Recommended (Marginally Recommended)

Posted by Peter Nepstad on April 27, 2004.

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