大城小事
Leaving Me, Loving You (2004)


Reviewed by: Sydneyguy
Date: 01/11/2007
Summary: leaving me sleepy..........

i didnt know where the 1.5 hours went, im not sure thats a good thing. I felt the movie was almost a musical or even a music show, there was so many songs and music, where was there time for a litte drama or story?

The first 3 minutes is just music and scenery. There is no chemistry between the actors, and Leon Lai just doesnt act at all in the movie. His facial expressions never change at all, FAye wong doesnt do much either.

One can only stand to hear MOON RIVER so many times

There feels like there is no story, just a series of events that happen and the ending, well, who cares, let it be over!!

Reviewer Score: 3

Reviewed by: Dhugal
Date: 09/03/2004

If Lost in Translation masters the lingering shot and stripped-down film form, then Loving Me, Leaving You attempts the same but comes up naked. Fans eagerly awaiting director Wilson Yip’s latest venture since his entertaining Dry Wood Fierce Fire and Juliet in Love will be hugely disappointed.

In downtown Shanghai, Leon Lai plays soppy doctor on call, Zhou, who has just broke up with moody high society events organiser Yuet, and knows he’s made a big mistake. The film follows their journey to eventual reunion through scant dialogue and lingering close-ups of the duo’s expressionless faces. Lai’s mug in particular is so bland, in fact that the viewer is left longing for a profundity, which simply isn’t there in the actor/producer’s vacant eyes.

Cinematographer Poon Waiming and art director Kwok Chitsin are the only ones to come away with their reputations unscathed. The opening sequence and the lovers’ apartments are beautifully shot and designed, and the alleyways and skylines of Shanghai are made eloquently striking. It is just as well. These shots help to distract the viewer from the tedious proceedings.

All in all, it’s an affair for Wong and Lai fans only… and possibly for those considering a move to Shanghai. Wilson Yip, who can do far better than this, would be well advised to keep Leon Lai, who co-wrote and produced this work, well away from creative proceedings.


Reviewed by: fancynancy
Date: 04/19/2004
Summary: slow

i was really looking forward to this movy, being a huge fan of both the leads, but what i got was a huge disappointment. i thought it looked promising, from the opening credits, and the english title even made sense!! for the first half of the film, i sat there waiting for more than 5 whole minutes of straightforward dialogue. or some semblance of direction of the plot? poor me, thinking this would be a nice, sweet yet fluffy piece of enjoyable fluff, but no, instead its a movy trying in vain to be deep. or at least i think it was. it was slow, very boring and not funny. or sweet. sorry leon and faye, i love you very much, but i dont love your movy.


Reviewed by: ksbutterbox
Date: 03/07/2004
Summary: Painfully Boring....

I had my doubts when I heard about this
pairing of Faye and Leon and now they are confirmed.

She's a PR lady and he's a doctor. They
break up early on in the movie and go on with their lives etc...

The one flashback scene where Mr Man (an older man)and his ladyfriend lovingly gaze at each other without uttering a single word, is better than the entire movie's 2 leading actors.

I really wanted to like this movie but
after hearing Moon River in the soundtrack playing non stop it felt
so cliched and forced I had to start laughing. You don't even care 1 iota
about the 2 leads. Let's hope Faye fares
better in the upcoming 2046. As for Leon, he still can't emote or act his way out of a paper bag.