| And I Hate You So (2000)
Director: Yee Chung Man
Kwok, Kelly Chen, Teresa Mo
Columnist Wu Qui-Yue (the radiant Kelly Chen, the
Lin Chin-Hsia for the post-MTV/Y2K generation) is about to have a bad
day. She wakes up to find out that her landlord cuts off the electricity
for not paying her utilities bill on time. She loses her PC files and
she is pissed off. But that's just the beginning. She discovers that her
first boyfriend has junked a rare jazz vinyl which she had given him in
a second-hand antique store run by Cat, an affable spinster suffering
from a perpetual case of acne outbreak (Teresa Mo).
Infuriated, Wu tries to buy it back but only to be
told that it has been reserved for a cocky DJ Zhang (Aaron Kwok) who
hosts a vinyl-only nostalgia radio program. Not only does Zhang refuse
to relinquish ownership, he teases Wu's unwillingness to let go of the
past on air. Wu retaliates by attacking Zhang's insensitivity. A war of
words ensues. Surely, at this juncture, you don't need a map to tell you
where the story is heading. Enemies bickering at first sight, it won't
be long before Zhang and Wu realize that they are closet soul mates
destined for each other and the interlocking of lips is imminent.
Clearly, for director Yee Chung Man (Anna
Magdalena) and screenwriter An-Xi (Comrades: Almost A Love Story), the
predictable coda is secondary, it's the journey of self-discovery that
matters most. Anyone can relate to Wu's raging sense of betrayal when a
gift once given to a loved one is out on the auction block; sentimental
value is never quoted in dollars and cents.
Chen and Kwok make a cute and convincing comical
couple but Chen steals the show, as the emotionally confused and
eccentric writer, and makes this film great! A
fresh and beautifully photographed romantic comedy.
List Price: US $19.95
Cantonese / Mandarin
English / Traditional Chinese
/ Simplified Chinese
(Can be played on any DVD player in the
"Some Content May Be Inappropriate For
Children" (roughly equal to an MPPA rating of
"PG-13") Films rated Category IIA may contain
mild violence such as martial arts, mild nudity that is
not sexually oriented, mild explicit language and some
mild adult situations.