Maybe It's Love
Hong Kong 1984
Directed by Angie Chan.

Maybe it's love, but it looks a whole lot more like deceptive marketing. The sexy, sweaty, Cherie Chung in a nightgown on the front cover and bed scenes on the back give way in the movie itself to a quiet tale that takes place in a small village, of a girl who lost her leg in a car accident and was given up as unwanted by her parents, who lives with her grandma, and who sees what looks like a murder out her window. She mobilizes the kids in the neighborhood to figure out whodunnit. Was it Martin, the white guy with uncertain sexual preference, whose wife enjoys S&M? Was it the woman from the mainland (Elaine Chin), who cuckolds her poor husband (Ku Feng) to enjoy the advances of the postman (Ken Tong), and later blackmails him to keep quiet? Or what about the beautiful model (Cherie Chung) who has a rich, but married, boyfriend who lavishes money on her as if she is a whore? Ultimately, it is impossible to care. Ku Feng delivers a strong performance as a simple, unappreciated man, but Ken Tong makes a poor leading man and Cherie Chung has nothing much to do and makes little impression. An earnest film that seems to want to say something about the intersection of sex and violence, through a child's eyes, but after making the observation, the film stops short of making any sort of meaningful statement about it.

Rating: Not Recommended (Not Recommended)

Posted by Peter Nepstad on October 17, 2005.

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