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A Moment of Romance [VHS]

Andy Lau , Chien-Lien Wu , Benny Chan  |  VHS Tape
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)

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Product Details

  • Actors: Andy Lau, Chien-Lien Wu, Kingman Cho, Joe Chu, Tiet Wo Chu
  • Directors: Benny Chan
  • Writers: James Yuen
  • Producers: Jing Wong, Johnnie To, Ringo Lam, Wallace Cheung
  • Format: Color, NTSC
  • Number of tapes: 1
  • Studio: Tai Seng Entertainment
  • VHS Release Date: April 24, 2001
  • Run Time: 87 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000009HF6
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,164,578 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Exceptional film-making. February 25, 2000
Andy Lau has specialised in his clueless triad roles, but this is the rare one that really hits the mark. Instead of just being the aimless brute he has sometimes portrayed, Moment of Romance really gives him an excellent chance to shine. The plot follows Wah Dee as he is persuaded to be a getaway driver for the dangerous Trumpet (Tommy Wong). After the police stumble upon the robbery, Wah Dee uses an innocent girl as a hostage to ensure the safe escape of himself and his contemparies. Trumpet insists that she could identify them and should be killed. Dee, however, preserves her and a bond develops between them. However, with Trumpet seeking to take over the gang, Wah Dee is soon in danger alongside his new-found love. This film really touches the heart with its skillful development of the characters and the gradual love between the doomed lovers. Wu Chien Lien is innocence personified and her performance really lingers in the memory. Unmissible.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Classic Of Its Genre July 11, 2003
By A Customer
Format:VHS Tape
A Moment of Romance is responsible for many a Hong Kong Cinema cliché, and indeed the film is itself far from original. A disaffected youth, a "good girl" romantic interest and a cartoonish villain all figure into the 1990 hit. Director Benny Chan has his way with the clichés, and throws in enough slow motion, syrupy Cantopop montages and hyperemotional crescendos to tax even the most weepy audience member. However, regardless of its genre excess-or perhaps because of it-the film succeeds, and is even viewed a classic of its genre.

Andy Lau is Wah Dee, a tough triad member who gets drawn into a spiraling circle of events. He's picked by fellow gangmember Trumpet (Tommy Wong) to be the getaway driver in a jewel heist, but things don't go as planned. The getaway is chaotic, and Dee takes a rich student, Jojo (Wu Chien-Lien), hostage to make good his escape. Trumpet wants her dead, as she's seen their faces, but Dee lets her live, saying that he'll be responsible for her. Presumably, Dee believes she'll let them off in exchange for her life, but he doesn't even posit such an exchange. He merely puts her on his bike, takes her home, and lets her go. He's like a Chinese Clint Eastwood, only he rides bikes and looks like Andy Lau.

Unfortunately, things are not that easy. The cops find Jojo's purse at the crime scene and drag her in for questioning. She still won't identify the robbers, but Trumpet doesn't want to take any chances. Dee rescues her again from Trumpet's clutches, but the seeds are sown. With an internal gang war brewing, Trumpet wants Dee dead, and the cops (led by Lau Kong) want him brought in. And, Jojo wants his affections.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Still the best movie ive ever seen May 19, 2001
I first saw this movie on a local 'foreign movies' channel. Not being able to get hold of the name of the movie... i spent many long months trying to find its title and in eventually doing that, i had to go on another search to find stores that actually stocked this movie. Quite simply... this is a truely great movie. The characters really grow on you, and the story is quite emotionally involving. Its the sort of movie that keeps you up at nights because you just cant escape the glowy feeling that almost attatches itself to you. This movie is pretty much perfect. Buy it and you wont regret it.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the most romantic movie I've ever seen! September 12, 2000
By A Customer
Format:VHS Tape
I watched this movie 9 years ago, and it is still one of my all time favorite. I love Andy Lau, but that's not the main reason I love this movie. It is the plot, the acting, the development of characters, and the chemistry that make it work. Plus, it has the most beautiful theme song too. The melody and the words of the song really captures the bitter-sweetness of the movie.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars SEE THIS FILM AT ALL COSTS! November 9, 2001
By A Customer
This has got to be one of my all time favorite, and I would recommend it to anyone. One of Hong Kong's best film ever, A Moment of Romance is one unforgettable ride. The film has a strong but simple script and the soundtrack has got to be one of the best soundtrack ever! Remember to keep a full box of tissue by your sofa as you are watching this film. SEE THIS FILM AT ALL COSTS!
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