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相思甜如蜜 (1969)
My Sweetheart

Reviewed by: dleedlee
Date: 10/24/2004

Thirty some years before In The Mood For Love, Connie Chan was parading through an endless number of dress changes. And here, Law Lan plays tag team and joins in the fun. If you’re a fan of ‘60s mod fashions, this is one to see. Connie and Helen are a non-stop display of Hong Kong couture of the times.

The film depicts a booming, lively and exuberant Hong Kong. Westerners are unusually prominent here. Besides Mr. Williams, the target of two rival companies for business. Westerners can be seen at the disco, there are shots of Western children playing at the beach. Ko Lo-Chuen takes a turn speaking English with Mr. Williams. In this world, expensive, special menus for Westerners are made up and pretty secretaries to ’entertain’ Western clients are hired. Opportunities abound, seemingly, when an under appreciated talented employee is lured by a competitor, then retained by salary increase and, in the end, starts off on his own independently. We even see Connie arriving at the office in a Rolls Royce that features a fold down telephone.

Hui-Ling (Connie Chan) returns from 5 years overseas to take over the running of her uncle and her deceased father’s company. As the new directress, she heads the I-Hua manufacturing company with interests in a variety of areas: plastics, ship building, insurance and advertising. Chi-Hung, a genius employee on the company’s advertising staff unknowingly begins to date the new boss whom he thinks is a common accountant. Kuo-Hua and his father, a business rival, attempts to steal away Chi-Hung (Tsang Kong) in order to win the lucrative Williams contract. To complicate matters, Kuo-Hua (Cheung Ching) is dating Hsiao Ping (Sam Sam), Chi-Hung’s sister. Helena Law Lan, as Jenny Li, Hui-Ling’s assistant is romantically paired with the ever versatile Yue Ming, Chi-Hung‘s manager. Aai Dung Gwa plays a nephew and an untalented junior employee of one of the sub-directors in the company. Sai Gwa Pau, again, plays a lowly clerk for Chen, Kuo-Hua’s father.

Kuo-Hua and his father (Ko Lo-Chuen) pose as overseas millionaires (speaking in Toishan dialect). The son hopes to woo Hui-Ling and marry her with the hope of taking over the company. The film ends on a happy note, of course. A spin off company is started, the rivals resolve to work together in the future and the business forecast is rosy.

Connie sings a couple songs, as does Sam Sam, in Mandarin. Plenty of on location shooting around Hong Kong adds additional flavor to the enjoyment.

The vcd is cropped on the sides.

Reviewer Score: 6