HӰj (1996)
Growing Up

Reviewed by: future113
Date: 09/23/2001
Summary: Drink your milk if you want to grow up!!!

Well I watched this movie and it's pretty good. I admit that one of the main
reasons for watching this film was because I was hoping to see some XXX action w/ the cute taiwanese star Hsu Chi Though there are some minor scenes, it doesn't qualify this movie as CAT III, in fact, it's a CAT IIb. Neverless, it's still fun to watch. Here's a summary of the plot:
A group of friends are starting their senior year in a HK highschool. A new girl (Hsu chi) is the new student of the school and one of the friends from the group falls in love w/ her. Eventually, they become gf/bf. Well Hsu Chi used to be a bar call girl which she tries to hide from her classmates. As the movie progresses, the guy who falls in love with Hsu Chi discovers this but it doesn't matter to him. The plot gets even more complicated when one of Hsu Chi's old boyfriends (a gang leader) gets released from a 3 year jail term and is wanting to Hsu Chi back as his gf.
So now we have some sort of triangle love mess. Anyways, you'll have to watch the movie to find out about the rest. I would give this movie a 8.9 out of 10.
PS: this movie only comes in vcd, no dvd yet

Reviewed by: shelly
Date: 12/09/1999

A coming-of-age high-school movie that veers into young gangster/romance, at the end. Coming out of the new BoB company (formed by Manfred Wong and Andrew Lau, with the proceeds of their YOUNG AND DANGEROUS hits), it reproduces few of the virtues and most of the vices of their products: shallow, exploitative female roles, quick, jerky camera work, a cloying pop score, underpowered actors (Michael Tse, Jason Chu and Jerry Lamb can't carry a movie on their own: they are at best decorative, supporting players). Plus another interesting Jordan Chan cameo; and some very naughty HK cinema in-jokes. What's new here, Taiwanese actress Hsu Chi, seems to be cast for her body alone: we don't learn whether or not she can act. Instead, GROWING UP makes us complicit in a voyeuristic spectacle: it tries to get us to enjoy leering at her along with it. In the end, it's the audience who gets exploited. Wong and Lau can do better than this if they choose (see FEEL 100%).

Reviewer Score: 8

Reviewed by: hkcinema
Date: 12/08/1999

The first half hour is kind of a bore but once it gets going, itsa pretty good story. Its about a group of friends in school and how they deal with girls. One guy(the main character) fell in love with a new girl in school but she has a mysterious side to her. When he found out the other side of her he didn't care. But she wouldn't let him love her because she felt she doesn't deserve him, plus a special cameo appearance by a famous actor showed up as her boyfriend from the past. Its a cute story and the girl was pretty good. i can't believe she did a topless scene because she seem so young. Check it out.

[Reviewed by Fannie H. Ip]