Loving Him
Hong Kong 2002
Directed by Raymond Yip.

Terminal diseases are all the rage in HK Cinema lately, but few of the films are any good, or in the case of this year's SUMMER I LOVE YOU, even coherent. But this one is an exception -- a good script by Manfred Wong, solid performances, and a director who trusts the material enough to not stomp all over the piece with overly dramatic music cues and camera angles (see MAY & AUGUST for the opposite example) manage to make the tired story work and it pushes all the right buttons. Daniel Chan is a pediatric doctor and he takes care of all the terminally ill little kids. He also takes trips to the mainland to give shots to schoolkids in remote villages. He meets a young teacher at one, played by Qin Hailu (of DURIAN, DURIAN), and a relationship slowly takes shape. A bittersweet drama.

Rating: Recommended (Recommended)

Posted by Peter Nepstad on June 28, 2004.

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