Final Romance
Hong Kong 2001
Directed by Alan Mak.

Two lovers promise to meet on Valentine's Day at a wishing tree in the snowy mountains of Japan, but instead its their brother (Edison Chen) and sister (Amanda Strang) who meet, carting their siblings remains as per their last requests. Of course they misunderstand each other at first, but then they fall in love. But, she has a heart problem, and also a very powerful and rich dad (Simon Yam! Is he that old?), who doesn't like it when his girls fall for punks, especially when he's got her lined up with the cardiologist. The first half of the film, with beautiful, snow-covered mountains and Windham Hill Sampler music playing in the background, sets a nice tone for this romance despite the ridiculous premise. Sam Lee adds a bit of spark to the picture as Edison's friend. The story never stops being wildly implausible, but the cast has an infectious charm that helps you muddle through.

Rating: Marginally Recommended (Marginally Recommended)

Posted by Peter Nepstad on May 09, 2004.

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