Lion Roars, The
Hong Kong 2002
Directed by Joe Ma.

Louis Koo plays an ineffectual scholar poet, the classic Chinese male hero archetype. Cecilia Cheung is a super-strong woman. Neither can find a suitable mate until fate throws them together and they marry. A nice premise completely underminded by a pointless script, and terrible acting by Louis Koo, who never once appears to actually be in character for the full length of a scene. With Koo's motivation never adequately portrayed in the film, none of it makes any sense. Its hard to believe the same guy was responsible for such intensity and passion in last year's Born Wild. Cecilia Cheung does a nice job, but she isn't given any help, and the whole production just collapses under the weight of its own ineptitude.

Rating: Not Recommended (Not Recommended)

Posted by Peter Nepstad on June 28, 2004.

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