Leaving Me, Loving You
Hong Kong 2004
Directed by Wilson Yip.

I imagine when making the film there was a sleeping baby in the next room and no one was allowed to speak above a whisper. The director, Wilson Yip, must have been on so much Vicodin that he didn't realize he was shooting everything in a slow, trancelike state. Well, every director needs to have a worst movie, here it is for Yip. A romance about two boring people, doing boring jobs, and in general wander around wallowing in misery of their own creation. Leon Lai is a clinic doctor, which could be interesting, but then he drops the clinic like a hot potato to take a cushy job as some rich old man's personal doctor. Meanwhile, Faye Wong is a party planner, someone who gets paid lavishly by rich people who have nothing better to do with their money. The two break up at the beginning of the film, and then spend the rest of it coming slowly back together. Key word: slowly. I never cared for either of these characters, not even for a second. Like watching paint dry. Which is, in fact, pretty close to what you end up doing during the film -- the only standout piece of the production is the rich, lush color of everything -- leaves on the trees in the street, the lights of Shanghai skyscrapers, and lots of nicely painted walls.

Rating: Not Recommended (Not Recommended)

Posted by Peter Nepstad on November 07, 2004.

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