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(Ngor dik dzui oi) (HK)


Genre: Drama
Starring: Stephy Tang, Alice Zeng, Alex Fong
Director: Patrick Kong
Rating: NC-16 (Some Scenes of Intimacy)
Year Made: 2008






Languages: Mandarin & Cantonese
Subtitles: English/Chinese
Aspect Ratio: -
Presentation Size: -
Sound: -
Running Time: 1 hr 48 mins
Region Code: 3
Distributor: Scorpio East




Bao (Stephy Tang) starts a dessert shop with her longtime boyfriend Jun after graduation, and plans to get married. But her dream is shattered when her old classmate Kei (Alice Zeng) shows up and snatches Jun from her. Losing both her love and the shop, Bao bumps into her old neighbour, Qiang (Alex Fong), a con artist, and engages him to cheat Kei for revenge.


On many counts, L for Love L for Lies is another in the line of Hong Kong’s teenybopper movies. But director Patrick Kong’s latest is less a comedy than a drama, less fluffy, forgettable entertainment than heartfelt, touching lessons on love.

Riding on the success of his previous Love Is Not All Around, director Kong again assembles a young, fresh teenage cast playing a myriad of characters whose love lives intertwine over the course of the movie. Two of the most notable of these actors are Alex Fong and Stephy Tang. Both are popular singers in Hong Kong, and both have used their singing careers to launch into acting with varying success.

Indeed, L for Love L for Lies represents one of the better, if not the best, performances in both Alex Fong and Stephy Tang’s acting careers. In particular, Stephy Tang uses her sweet, but never saccharine, appeal to great effect as a jilted lover, and one cannot help but sympathize for her character’s plight in the movie. Alex Fong’s conman is one of the darker, more dramatic roles he has played. Save for a scene where he gives an emotional rant, he delivers a commendable performance here. The rest of the supporting cast are also nothing short of watchable, and in a more dramatic movie such as this, is in fact admirable given that they do act, instead of simply acting cute.

For writer-director Kong, L for Love L for Lies is a definitive improvement over Love Is Not All Around. Here Kong shows that he has a firm grasp of the intertwining stories, as well as the myriad characters. He chooses to tell the story in a nonlinear fashion, and it is to his credit that his approach is consistently intriguing and engaging to watch instead of descending into a garbled mess. Kong’s signature nuggets of wisdom on love are still present in L for Love L for Lies, but a more deft hand here gives the characters delivering them more clout.

Still, like its predecessor, L for Love L for Lies is marred by a multiple twist ending syndrome. I’ll not give anything away here but only to warn you that the film takes a more dramatic turn that borders a little on credibility. As if that is not enough, Kong ends the movie on a final twist ending that, in my opinion, is quite unbelievable and in fact, unnecessary.

Nevertheless, L for Love L for Lies is probably one of the better Hong Kong movies that have been released this year. Subverting the stereotypical teenage fluffy romantic comedies, it strives to be a mediation on the many lessons of love that young 20-ers realistically face. In this regard, it is definitely entertaining and watchable, a promising step-up for both its young writer-director as well as its cast.




As with many other direct to video Hong Kong movies releases from Scorpio East, this comes with dual audio tracks- Mandarin and Cantonese. Picture quality is decent though not as pristine as I had hoped. Subtitles are not burnt in, and are available in both English and Mandarin, so you have to activate them yourself.



Review by Gabriel Chong


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This review is made possible with the kind support from Scorpio East


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