Funeral March
Hong Kong 2001
Directed by Joe Ma.


Yee (Charlene Choi) has cancer and is going to die. She visits Duan, a funeral director (Eason Chan) to plan her funeral beforehand. As these "terminal illness romances" go, they naturally fall in love. This one mixes up the genre a bit with a surprise twist in the second half, but clever does not equal good. The funeral at the end (and there is always a funeral at the end of these films) is laughably scripted, undermining what should have been a touching finish. But the first half of the movie is engaging, with Charlene Choi delivering perhaps her best performance. Eason Chan is convincing as a compassionate and effective funeral director. The two leads spend a lot of screen time together NOT talking, a pleasant change from the constantly chattering norm. The quiet moments they share are the best and most memorable parts of FUNERAL MARCH, though an incessant piano on the soundtrack attempts to derail even these scenes.

Rating: Marginally Recommended (Marginally Recommended)

Posted by Peter Nepstad on January 21, 2005.


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