Just Like Weather
Hong Kong 1986
Directed by Allen Fong Yuk-Ping.

Drama with occasional documentary-style interjections about a young married couple, Christine Lee and Chan Hung-Nin. She earns more money than he does, and as a result, basically despises him and feels miserable about her own life, thinking she deserves more. She treats her dog like its her baby, but when they've got a bun in the oven she'd rather consider abortion than trying to raise the child on his meagre salary. For his part, he wants to emigrate to America for a fresh start. He also wants her to be happy, which is a losing proposition. Allen Fong's style, using non-actors who play themselves, and interjecting himself and his film crew into the proceedings, serves to almost completely erase the line between fiction and reality. Fong also carves up the chronology, weakening the narrative but strenthening the emotion. It's brilliant work that won him Best Director at the 6th Annual HK Film Awards, but at times, it's just all too depressingly real.

Rating: Marginally Recommended (Marginally Recommended)

Posted by Peter Nepstad on March 15, 2005.