Director: Daniel Yu
Starring: Andy Lau, Charlie Young, Charlene
Choi, Anthony Wong, Lam Suet
Released By: Shaw & Mediacorp Raintree
Opening Day: 27 October 2005
An intriguing tale of love and lost and the memories that
bind us: Andy Lau play two very distinct characters both connected
by accidents and chance encounters. Ko is a paramedic working
with the ambulance team when he used to be a successful doctor.
His wife died a few years ago from a car crash and he feels
guilty about her death so he now leads a routine life of working
at very fixed hours so that he can spend time with his family
day, Ko saves Yuen-Sam who had an accident and starts to take
an interest in her life and discovers that not only has her
husband, Derek, went missing a few years back, she is also
suffering from a terminal illness. Derek, was a famous stylist,
who was actively pursued by a supermodel, seeking an affair
with him. The affair strained his marriage with Yuen-Sam and
after one big argument; he left without a word.
tells Ko that her dying wish is to spend some happy times
with Derek. Ko agrees to help and in his quest, he discovers
that Derek actually looks very much like himself...
tone of the film is driven by beautiful people, heartbreaking
exchanges, and flawed characters. We learn to treasure the
people we love.
How easily a movie connects with the audience, will depend
on its source material, where it is drawn from, and how accessible
it is. Romance films might have a perceived advantage, as
the notion of romantic love would probably have been experienced
by many, but herein lies the tendency to get sloppy with the
Fortunately, All About Love delivered where it matters, and
keeping the story simple, yet
sophisticated with various plot devices. It explores a central
idea in relationships, of taking things and your partner for
granted. Yes, hands up those who are guilty of this from time
to time. You'll never truly feel the loss of something, until
it's gone, and this notion resonates through two of the three
Andy Lau fans are probably celebrating the return of their
idol with 2 films in a month, the previous release being Wait
Til You're Older. In this movie, Lau plays Lok, a doctor who's
leading a happily married life with wife ZiQing. However,
with a promising career as a medical doctor, he starts to
break engagements and postpones spending quality time with
his wife. His life is focused on work, and hence punctuality,
and time, does not matter to him.
But the wife, played by Charlene Choi, still is able to tolerate
his no-shows (ain't love grand?), keeping a diary of the number
of times he has cancelled their appointments, so that Lok
could make up for them. On one of the fateful nights while
waiting for him to keep his appointment, she meets with a
fatal accident and got her heart transplanted thereafter.
Choi's cutesy performance might not go down well with many,
and the age gap between her and Lau is so obvious in the show,
you might think that Lok's a cradle snatcher.
Ridden with guilt, Lok becomes a paramedic on an ambulance,
saving lives, given his tremendous loss. He becomes conscious
of time, and makes an about turn in character. Here, Lau's
acting skills shine through, as a man tormented by the feeling
of loss, a loss that he had control over and could have prevented.
He also takes on a secondary character Derek, whose wife is
the recipient of ZiQing's heart.
Played by Charlie Young, Yuen Sam is a frail woman who got
a transplanted heart. However, make no mistake, a lesser story
and major pitfall would be to have ZiQing emote through Yuen
Sam. It does not, which makes it different. Lok chances upon
Yuen Sam when she met with an accident, and discovered, through
Fate, that she is the recipient of his wife's heart. Yuen
Sam is married to Derek, but always feel insecure - Derek
is in the fashion industry and is always surrounded by beautiful
women. She knows that given her medical condition, she will
leave the mortal world soon, and is reluctant to see her husband
unhappily taking care of her.
Quite naively, she drives Derek away by playing up her insecurity,
but misses him the moment he leaves. Her condition gets no
better, as she battles her illness and her regret. Her story
at times contrasts and parallels with Lok's, and is being
told mostly in retrospect as Lok tries to discover if there
was any hint of ZiQing in Yuen Sam. The movie does attempt
to hint that a part of someone goes along with the organ transplanted,
but thankfully, it does not succumb to predictability. Young
does a decent job in her role, which calls for crying bucketloads
The movie is told in 3 acts, with time juxtaposed using flashbacks
which frankly, worked in the favour of keeping the plot interesting.
The first act focuses on Lok and ZiQing, the second act looks
at Yuen Sam and Derek, while the last is an attempt on redemption
for Lok as he tries to make up for lost time, and lost opportunities,
by giving Yuen Sam what could have been for ZiQing.
Despite being a romance, this movie contains some pretty nifty
special effects, and effective transitions. One of my favourites
was the usage of a single living room set, transforming it
to different styles to reflect the past and present, and showing
the progression in lives and the love between ZiQing and Lok,
until the fateful day. I didn't expect to see this technique
being used, and it summarizes succinctly the entire first
It's been some time since there was a decent mainstream romance
tragedy from Hong Kong, without any hint of comedic moments,
but filled with enough mood and melodrama to rival counterpart
productions from Korea and Japan. Give this film the chance
it deserves, just as the character Lok getting the chance
he has to redeem himself.
old fashioned romance tear-jerker on loss, regret and redemption,
done to precision)
by Stefan Shih