Give Them a Chance
Hong Kong 2003
Directed by Herman Yau.

Sam (Andy Hui), a stuntman, and his brother Jack (Osman Hung), a dance instructor, are inspired by a group of tough, street dancing kids to open a dance studio. It's just as well, Jack loses his job when seen goofing off with the kids on the street. So, the brothers bond, the kids bond, they work hard, and in the end achieve success by becoming back-up dancers for Andy Lau (played by himself). Not the most spectacular conclusion, but hey -- it's really a true story! Herman Yau scraped up a modest budget to make the picture, which did not recover its costs theatrically (hopefully it has on video). Andy Hui seems more youthful and vibrant in this picture than in his other roles, and it's a good change for him. The film itself is a bit sappy but never cloyingly so, it stays true-to-life enough that although the final "victory" might feel a bit small, the drama and "tragedy" leading up to it is also kept at a reasonable level. Herman Yau keeps it real, and while the kids are all new faces and occasionally struggle with their roles, they all give honest performances. It's a feel-good movie that -- what do you know -- actually feels pretty good.

Rating: Recommended (Recommended)

Posted by Peter Nepstad on January 05, 2005.

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