Stills of "Happy Birthday"
Courtesy of Shaw
Drama/Romance Director: Jingle Ma Starring: Louis Koo, Rene Liu RunTime: 1 hr 44 mins Released By: Shaw Rating: PG Official website: http://www.happybirthdaymovie.hk
Opening Day: 25 Jan 2007
Happy Birthday is based on Rene Liu’s latest short novel,
I Want To Go With You, about a decade-long love story that
persists through sending and receiving birthday cards.
says that the story is fictional and her career mentor Sylvia
Chang edited the story for the screenplay.
Birthday will also mark Rene’s first collaboration with
Hong Kong star Louis Koo. Hong Kong acclaimed director, Jingle
Ma will be helming the production
Happy Birthday is the type of film with all the potential
to be next classic romantic movie from Asia but somehow blew
away all the chances at the end product. Here are some of
the elements of the film that didn’t sit well with the
of all, it got to be Mimi’s character played by Rene
Liu. It’s hard to empathize with her character for the
eventual fate in store for her that was hinted in the trailer.
On one hand, it’s easy to understand Mimi’s insecurities
with relationship but after seeing how she sabotaged what
could have been perfect relationship over and over again,
this unsympathetic reviewer felt like giving her two tight
slaps and tell her to stop it before it’s too late.
It might sound cold and heartless to some readers but I felt
that she deserved all that she was getting at the end.
Koo who was remarkable in Election 2 didn’t really have
much to shine on in terms of acting in Happy Birthday. This
good looking hunk had no problem convincing that he is the
affection of many girls from school days or able to skip from
relationship to relationship effortlessly but the way the
film was structured, there weren’t much opportunity
to push Louis Koo in presenting the dilemma his character
has with the one true love of his life.
milestones events between these two couple were quite mundane
and were firing at all angles; instead of focusing on the
essential love story between these two. The pacing and editing
gave viewers very little chance to grow or emote with the
characters before jumping into a seemly different scene or
worst part has to be the lack of closure at the end. It’s
not that this film is without a climatic revelation, it's
just that how this revelation might have affected the principal
characters were eventually not explored at all. Leaving one
to wonder if all the events in this movie were all for naught
and basically leaving the message that ignorance is bliss.
(Happy Birthday had the potential but ended as a misguided