Heroes in Love
Hong Kong 2001
Directed by Wing Shya, Nicholas Tse, GC Goo Bi, Stephen Fung.

Three short stories by new directors, all dealing in some way about love. The first by Wing Shya tells the story of a lesbian who kidnaps a girl and holds her in her bedroom above a shoestore in the hopes that she will fall in love with her. The second, written by Stephen Fung and directed by Fung and Nic Tse, tells the story of a man who loves guns, to the point that he actually sleeps with them in his bed. The third story, which certainly seemed to be the longest, tells the story of two young lovers who meet on ICQ and begin a relationship. Directed by GC Goo Bi, the third story is a lot like her full length film this year, MERRY GO ROUND, in that the characters are charming and real, but nothing much ever happens. The first two are better, more experimental. Tse and Fung's film especially relies on a loud and energetic soundtrack and interesting camera angles and effects to propel the story forward, clearly inspired by Eric Kot's avante-guard DRAGON HEAT (2000). All together, HEROES IN LOVE is an interesting, experimental, low-budget film which, while not entirely satisfying, does deliver an alternative to slick studio offerings pandering to popular sentiment. In other words, its better than all those other romances Hong Kong has been making lately.

Rating: Marginally Recommended (Marginally Recommended)

Posted by Peter Nepstad on May 12, 2004.

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