Lunch With Charles
Canada 2001
Directed by Michael Parker.

Lau Ching-Wan, no, I'm sorry, "Sean Lau," as he is credited here, stars in this Canadian picture about a man whose wife moved to Vancouver for work while he stayed behind in Hong Kong. Finally, she throws down the gauntlet and he comes, but he finds tracking her down harder than he anticipated. He chases her from Vancouver to Banff and along the way pairs up with Canadian punk rocker Bif Naked, who plays a hippie love type who has troubles of her own. Meanwhile, his wife (Theresa Lee) pairs up with another hopeless granola type (Nicholas Lea) and have adventures of their own. A road trip movie which, unfortunately, never quite goes full speed, but its an enjoyable enough diversion while it lasts. Lau Ching-Wan, in his first almost entirely English speaking performance, loses none of his charm and style, and on top of it manages to out-act the native speaking cast.

Rating: Marginally Recommended (Marginally Recommended)

Posted by Peter Nepstad on May 13, 2004.

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