Para Para Sakura
Hong Kong 2001
Directed by Jingle Ma.

A few redeeming qualities surface in this cookie cutter romance about, as they inevitably are, a handsome but flawed man (Aaron Kwok) who falls in love with a cute but eccentric woman (Christy Cheung). He's color blind -- she makes him see color. As befitting the theme, the film is lushly oversaturated with bright colors. And Director Ma makes good use of Shanghai locations. But the only thing really of interest is the dance numbers -- Aaron plays a sort of dancerobics instructor, and though he is afraid to say how he feels, he can dance it instead. The highlight is a car crash turns into a scene from Riverdance -- I couldn't stop laughing, and yet it made me wish the whole movie was a musical like that at the same time. The titular Para Para Sakura dance, however, is just another one of those tiresome line dances the less of which said the better.

Rating: Marginally Recommended (Marginally Recommended)

Posted by Peter Nepstad on May 14, 2004.

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