Juliet in Love | Chicago Reader

Juliet in Love

The Hong Kong gangland melodrama may be creatively exhausted, but it's still a surefire commercial formula, so some filmmakers have begun grafting other genres onto it—in this case the romantic tearjerker. Husky-voiced Sandra Ng (Portland Street Blues), a restaurant receptionist whose life has unraveled since her mastectomy, is drafted to care for a crime lord?s illegitimate baby; her helpmate, the catatonic-looking Francis Ng (Bullets Over Summer), is a petty hood trying to square a mob debt. The two lonely hearts fall in love, and the scenes of them playing house are imbued with a touching sense of regret (mostly Sandra's doing). Director Wilson Yip provides several imaginative touches (musical montages, shots of countryside bordering urban decay) that almost rescue this 2000 film from its sadistic and tiresome mob story. 84 min.

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