Fall In Love Too Easily
Hong Kong 2004
Directed by Lam Chun-Yue.

Why is it there are so many masturbation scenes in independent productions? Perhaps because the masturbatory nature of the entire enterprise is so much more readily apparent. In mainstream cinema, masturbation is played strictly for comedy. In the indys, it is typically desperation. Two men and two women wander about Central at night looking for love. One girl is an office worker who likes walking around after dark, she starts following a young trumpet player who studied in New York, who stalks a girl who works at a small grocery, who likes the delivery guy for the store (who also takes a fancy to the trumpeter). They all roam and circle and attempt relationships, and then 9/11 happens (represented by a black screen while George Bush's voiceover announces the attack). Suddenly, nothing much at all changes in any of their lives, and the movie ends. Is the film about 9/11? No, not really. About how 9/11 impacts the lives of the youth, on the opposite side of the world? Er, unfortunately, no, despite protestation to the contrary in the promotional materials. The writer/director (Lam Chun-Yue) tells his story using plenty of odd, film-school angles and and an overabundance of silent observation, to no good effect. But what the heck, it's his directorial debut; one hopes he has gotten all this crap out of his system and can make more mature works moving forward. Starring Spencer Lo, Amy Ng, Wai Lok, and Sini Kwok.

Rating: Not Recommended (Not Recommended)

Posted by Peter Nepstad on January 26, 2005.

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