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Genre: Drama/Romance
Starring: Shawn Yuen, Gao Yuan Yuan, Takuya Suzuki, Miyake Nao
Director: Jingle Ma
Rating: PG
Year Made: 2007




Languages: Mandarin & Japanese
Subtitles: Chinese & English
Running Time: 1 hr 36 mins
Format: VCD
Distributor: Innoform Media




A traffic warden Yang Le falls in love with a nursery teacher Xiao You at the first sight. Soon, Yang Le learns that Xiao Yu has hearing impairment and difficulty in speech. At the same time, Xiao Yu's stepbrother Fukuda Makoto becomes a temporary interpreter for a Japanese actress, Mizuno Yuko. Affections grow between them but Mizuno is about to leave for Japan. Will these two obstacles-filled love stories have a fairy tale ending?


At the risk of having readers think that I’m a softie, I shall admit how much I love tearjerkers, especially if there are obstacles like opposing parents, terminal diseases, disabilities and deaths involved. As long as there is any indication of tragedy involved, you can be sure I’ll dig the stuff.

So when this blandly-titled movie (truth be told, the disc cover does not look the least bit interesting) reached my hands, I actually put my heart into viewing the entire picture with the intention of loving every second of its 96-minute runtime. And I was left satisfied.

Jingle Ma (Happy Birthday, Seoul Raiders) directs teenage heartthrob Shawn Yue, porcelain beauty Gao Yuanyuan, earnest-looking Takuya Suzuki and pixie-like Miyake Nao in this picturesque film about two couples overcoming obstacles to attain eternal happiness.

Yue plays a traffic warden who falls in love with a hearing impaired girl played by Gao. They fall in love, get married despite her father’s objections, and she bears a child for him. But oh, the tragedy of life, it makes us sad – the poor girl may die if she wants to have the child.

Meanwhile, Suzuki plays a Japanese translator for Nao’s popular actress shooting a film in China. They should have known - two people from two vastly different worlds will face all sorts of problems falling in love.

And my favorite line from this movie has to be this: “The best ending would be for both of us to let go”. How reflective of life indeed.

Predictably tear-inducing storylines aside, this movie produced by Stanley Tong (The Myth, China Strike Force) is one of the most romantically-shot love stories I have ever seen. The landscape and gorgeous sceneries of China’s Dali, Yunnan Province is captured beautifully on lens, thanks to Ma’s cinematography.

While watching the film, you’d be treated to a visual feast of awe-inspiring images, you’d be touched by the uplifting stories about love, and most notably, you’d have tears welled up in your eyes – whether you are a softie or not.


Review by John Li


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This review is made possible with the kind support from InnoForm


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