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The Beloved Son of God


Reviewed by: Sydneyguy
Date: 02/18/2009
Summary: OVer the top

A interesting story where Wu Ma takes in a mentally disabled man (Kent Cheng) and later is found by his case work, Maggie Cheung. But he doesnt want to leave his new life.............

The acting is great, Maggie Cheung is not in it much by the way. The interaction between Wu Ma and Kent Cheng is what makes this movie work.But some fo the things that happen are just over the top!! Does the end REALLY have to end that way!!

Reviewer Score: 7

Reviewed by: dandan
Date: 11/28/2007
Summary: who's a fat cat?

fat cat (kent cheng) has spent over three years in an asylum, after an unsavoury incident involving three hoodlums and a cop. fat cat is free to leave, providing someone comes to discharge him. unfortunately, fat cat is an orphan and mentally retarded, he doesn't have any friends and case workers seem reluctant to take him on. however, bibi (maggie cheung) feels sorry for fat cat and decides to take his case on; all is going well until she takes him on a day trip to lantau and they are separated. fat cat is left to fend for himself, until wu (wu ma) reluctantly takes him under his wing and a relationship begins to develop between them...

as soon as this started, i realised that it was, essentially, a sequel to 'why me?', which i hadn't seen. thankfully, it works as a stand alone film, so this wasn't a problem. the film starts out with a lot of exposition, setting the scene with a few flashbacks, but starts to get going once fat cat and bibi meet, although it comes into its own, once fat cat and wu run into each other.

the relationship between fat cat and wu, alongside the performances they put in, is what makes the film; kent cheng does some good work and always makes sure that fat cat is a well rounded character, whilst wu ma does a great job in portraying a genuine affection which grows between the two characters. it's not a great film, but it does a good job with a topic which is often felt to be taboo in hong kong.

good stuff...


Reviewed by: Inner Strength
Date: 01/12/2002
Summary: GOOD

This is a drama, not a comedy or action movie, so if you're expecting the usual from the stars (Maggie Cheung & Kent Cheng), then don't see it.

It's very good in my opinion, Maggie Cheung plays a very good part, and again Kent Cheng plays well as the retarded man. The sequel to Why Me, but no Chow Yun Fat this time. Full of folk songs, makes this more of a family movie, and this is a forgotten film for sure, not many people know Maggie Cheung is the main character in this, and so many people have missed a good performance.

If you want to track it down, you will find it under another name, 'Beloved Son Of God' and you can get it on DVD for about $8 from a lot of websites.

Rating (out of 5): 3.5

(This rating is based on the year & genre, so don't think it's based as a comparison on new releases etc.)

Reviewer Score: 7

Reviewed by: hkcinema
Date: 12/21/1999

A poignant look at mental retardation and society's ignorance andindifference towards people that are different.

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