Turn Left Turn Right
Hong Kong 2003
Directed by Johnnie To.


Two people meet, fall in love, then spend the rest of the movie trying to find each other again, despite the fact that they are next door neighbors. She goes left, he goes right, as the title says, and they keep missing each other. A beautiful film by Johnnie To, based on a comic book by Jimmy Liao. Using the comic as a guide, To has created a warm, visually pleasing space in which the two would-be lovers play out their fate. The world they inhabit is as beautiful as they are (Takeshi Kaneshiro and Gigi Leung; surely two of the most attractive actors around); though all is tinged in sorrow. The two leads play their solitary misery well, but the film trips and falls flat on its face at the contrived ending, which involves an earthquake. And when the two finally see each other face to face again, they just hug. Hell, chemistry was so absent from the final scene I half expected to see just a handshake. The flat stupidity of the ending does much to deflate the romantic mood of the rest of the picture. All foreplay, no orgasm.

Rating: Marginally Recommended (Marginally Recommended)

Posted by Peter Nepstad on December 23, 2004.


Comments

Although I agree with you about the contrived earthquake ending, I thought their 'hugging only' reunion was believable. I mean if your apartment just collapsed due to an earthquake, you'd be a bit shell-shocked, and not likely to explode in fits of passion despite seeing your long separated lover. And I thought the ending scene was beautiful with the two umbrellas side by side, totally capturing the uplifting romantic mood of the movie.

Posted by: Mai Nguyen at June 22, 2007 11:30 PM
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