| Hold You Tight (1998)
Director: Kwan Kam Pang
Yau, Chan Kam Hung
Two Chingmy Yaus - one happily married and jetsets
between Hong Kong and Taipei, only to die in a plane crash and become a
ghost in her husband's memory; the other we only catch a glimpse at the
airport. One Eric Tsang, a caring gay man who's unfortunate in love.
One young man looking for love and drifting
between Hong Kong and Taiwan. And one quarter Sandra Ng. Together they
make an interesting tale complete with Wong Kar-wai-esque characters and
narrative a la Kieslowski. God knows why but Stanley Kwan has remade
himself into a new director. Everything appears uncertain; even the
narrative seems hesitant. He is making progress, but wanting in judgment
Stanley Kwan's strength is his sensitivity about
daily life. In this respect the film is both exquisite and transparent.
The scenes are simple but the emotions run deep. Kwan is especially
perceptive in depicting solitude. The young couple shares a flat but not
their lives. Yet a bowl of instant noodles is enough to bring them
closer to each other. To hold you tight is nothing more than the desire
for human warmth. Juxtapose the spotlessly clean monitor screen against
the misses' lonely heart and there is great sadness.
A cold and pale oppression permeates the film, and
only finds release towards the end when Eric Tsang and Sunny Chan have a
heart-to-heart talk on the beach. Will tragedy repeat itself? The best
things in life may not be unapproachable. Everything is possible if one
can gather oneself.
List Price: US $19.95
Cantonese / Mandarin
English / Traditional Chinese
/ Simplified Chinese
(Can be played on any DVD player in the
- "Adult Material;
Parental Guidance Recommended" (roughly equal to an
MPPA rating of "R") Films rated Category IIB
contain large amounts of violence and/or nudity and
sexual situations in addition to possible explicit
language and adult situations.