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Sausalito DVD

Mandarin and/or Cantonese Multilingual DVDs

Hong Kong Movie


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Sausalito (2000)


Director:  Andrew Lau Wai-Keung

Starring: Leon Lai Ming, Maggie Cheung, Eric Kot Man Fai

A sort of semi-sequel to Comrades, Almost A Love Story, "Sausalito" features one of Maggie Cheung's best and least-mannered perfs in years. "Sausalito" is a wafer-thin romancer between two 30-ish Chinese in California with the flavor of early Lelouch and buckets of charm.

Ellen (Cheung) is a single-mother cabby; Mike (Cantopop star Leon Lai) is a computer whiz who owns a cash-strapped dot-com. Their eyes cross in a bar one day and she later sees him drunk in the street. Once inside her cab they spontaneously combust.

Film's Chinese title ("Love at First Sight") removes the necessity for showing any foreplay in the relationship, and it's only after the first volcanic coupling that the movie really begins. She's 35, two years older than him, and with a young son and kind-of career;, he needs cash to get his company out of trouble and develop a game, Nirvana, that will re-establish his name. They essentially come from separate worlds, but can't stop seeing each other.

Lau keeps the whole will-they/won't-they souffle from going flat, largely by sheer technique (music, cutting, occasional songs, an improvised feel to the photography). But none of it would work without the cast, especially Cheung. Paired again with Lai for the first time since Peter Chan's 1996 "Comrades, Almost a Love Story," and sans fussy makeup, she has a freshness and naturalness here that's funny, touching and beguiling. Lai mostly stands there and looks good -- which is what he's best at.

Supports are strong, with veteran Richard Ng underplaying Mike's gay landlord-come-confidant, comedian Eric Kot reined back as Mike's business partner and Valerie Chow leonine as a business bitch on wheels.

DVD: List Price: US $28.95

Sale Price: US$9.95

Language: Cantonese / Mandarin

Subtitle: English / Traditional Chinese / Simplified Chinese

All Regions (Can be played on any DVD player in the world)

Rating: IIB - "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.