Forever Yours
Hong Kong 1960
Directed by Evan Yang.

The star crossed romance of Yu LiYing (Grace Chang), an office worker at the local bottling plant, and Weiming (Kelly Lai Chen), an independently wealthy young man who likes Bonsai, has TB, and is likely to die in a few years. They meet when she is swimming with coworkers and sees him standing on a cliff above. She goes to him fearing he is going to commit suicide, then feels embarassed by the mistake. He, however, is smitten and soon they both fall for each other and marry despite his condition. The rest of the story plays out pretty much like every Terminal Disease romance plays out. The second half of the picture almost turns tragedy to comedy, though, by being nothing but a series of potential-death opportunities for Weiming. He got pneumonia! Will he survive? He stayed up all night! Will he catch a cold? Oh no! He fell over! No, just the kid knocked him down by accident. And so on. Finally you are just begging him to buy the farm already and get it over with. Notable for the quality of the production, excellent Black & White photography, lighting, composition, and editing. Evan Yang's direction is exceptional.

Rating: Marginally Recommended (Marginally Recommended)

Posted by Peter Nepstad on February 20, 2005.

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