Perhaps Love (Ru Guo Ai) (2005) (Hong Kong)

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Perhaps Love (Ru Guo Ai) (2005) (Hong Kong)

Postby hengcs » Thu Dec 08, 2005 5:41 am

Director: Peter Chan
Cast: Takeshi Kaneshiro, Zhou Xun, Jacky Cheung, Ji Jin-Hee

It was the closing film at Venice Film Festival
It is Hong Kongs submission to Oscar 2006
The official website

The film is a movie within a movie, relating a triangular love that parallels the actors real lives

My thoughts
-- The two main leads (Takeshi Kaneshiro and Zhou Xun) are excellent

e.g., the teardrop by Takeshi Kaneshiro in the pool wow, tearing in water!
(NOTEWORTHY: it is not computer generated it is real!)
e.g., the teardrop by Zhou Xun from the swing near the end it dropped directly onto the middle of the camera
(NOTEWORTHY: again, it is not computer generated )
there are other memorable scenes
e.g., when Takeshi Kaneshiro and Zhou Xun are on the swing
e.g., when Zhou Xun and Jacky Cheung are on the swing
e.g., when Jacky discovers the forbidden love
e.g., when Zhou listens to the tape
-- In terms of story telling, the opening sequence does a good job in introducing what the film is about life is real but life is also a stage despite the rather simple plot, the film does bring out the complexity of love what exactly is love however, this very factor may make some audience frown and fail to comprehend every single action/behavior of the three main characters (does he really love her or does she really love him or what ) but if you ponder properly, the feeling of love (and hate) is often complex is love worth remembering? is love worth waiting for? should love change over time? ... etc
-- Technically, the art direction is commendable and the transition in and out of movie within movie is well edited some of the snow scene is nice and the costumes are great too

What could be better
-- Unfortunately (since it is marketed as a musical), I have to admit that I only like 2 out of the many songs so forgive me, I feel that the composer and lyricist could have provided more variations/dramatic mood to the songs/music instead, all the songs sound too similar in terms of tune and melody (maybe because the composer wanted a more consistent mood?!) as of now, the tune/melody are simply NOT captivating and catchy enough (like the Phantom of the Opera) so that audience will be immediately drawn in audio-ly nonetheless, I do qualify that the liking of songs/music can be personal and subjective Overall, I still commend all the three lead for singing their own songs!

Recommended esp. for casting/acting ... however, I would rather not sell it as a musical but a story about love and life quite humbly, I do wonder if the film would be even more captivating (and better paced) if it were told without the characters singing (but with many background theme songs instead)

as to how the film will fare, whether the audience buy the feelings/longing of the characters is key ... if you feel for the characters, you will think it is very excellent ... if you don't feel for them, then you will think the pacing can pick up a bit ...

Re: Perhaps Love (Ru Guo Ai) (2005) (Hong Kong)

Postby Unregistered(d) » Fri Dec 23, 2005 8:46 pm

Nice review!
I love the movie and I agree with all you wrote.

Re: Perhaps Love (Ru Guo Ai) (2005) (Hong Kong)

Postby hengcs » Sat Dec 24, 2005 3:07 am

thnks and welcome to the board!

Re: Perhaps Love (Ru Guo Ai) (2005) (Hong Kong)

Postby wpqx » Thu Feb 01, 2007 6:33 pm

Well if it weren't a musical I most likely wouldn't have seen it, or at least not when I did. The film is still unavailable here in the US, but I wonder if it weren't a musical if that would change. American audiences are apparently put off by foreign musicals. Emotionally I found the film very satisfying.

Re: Perhaps Love (Ru Guo Ai) (2005) (Hong Kong)

Postby hengcs » Fri Feb 02, 2007 12:31 pm

The following is originally posted by wpqx

Perhaps Love (2005) - Peter Ho-Sun Chan

A glorious Hong Kong musical that flashes back-forward and all over the place. This makes the film a little confusing just following who is who, being unfamiliar with nearly all of the performers here. With Christopher Doyle as the cinematographer, you can't be too surprised with the visual look of the picture. The music is a curiosity blending from actors singing to being a non-diegetic part of the soundtrack. An enjoyable film for sure, albeit a little melodramatic throughout, the strength of the performances carry it through. The film won the best picture prize in China, and is yet to receive any US distribution, but played at the Venice Film Festival.

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