Glass Tears
Hong Kong 2001
Directed by Carol Lai.

A remarkable film about the grandfather of a runaway girl, enlisted by the girl's parents to help track her down. He falls in with the girl's friend, named P, who is a brash, stubborn, independent herself. Together they try to find the missing girl, and in the process, perhaps, find something missing from themselves. The performances in this film are shockingly good, especially old time kung-fu star Lo Lieh as grandfather. As a loner and ex-cop, grandfather is a fabulous character study, as are the missing girl's parents, who become hopelessly unconnected and listless. Director Caroline Lai takes her time with each scene, going for that art house aesthetic, but never to the point where it compromises the energy of her youthful, and not-so-youthful, stars. Other 'wild youth' films released this year like GANGS 2001, GIMME GIMME, or THE YOUNG ONES are not even in the same league.

Rating: Highly Recommended (Highly Recommended)

Posted by Peter Nepstad on May 12, 2004.

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