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基佬40 (1997)
A Queer Story

Reviewed by: cpardo
Date: 07/20/2005
Summary: Predictable, but good film with good actors

George Lam plays Law a gay 40 year old still in the closet to his retired father and a one time girlfriend. His dad wants him to marry her, and later he feels the need to do so to keep up the charade. However he's happy with his companion Sonny (played by Jordan Chan), an openly gay and flamboyant hairdresser who keeps pressuring him into coming out. He also gets jealous easily when it comes to other guys and his ex-girlfriend. Law is stuck in the middle straining the relationship with Sonny, and endangering his business career. Will they be happy in the end..?

I found this film surprisingly good since I like the actors. George Lam is good playing a gay man maybe not totally realistic but not stereotypically. Jordan Chan has fun playing the flamy gay guy in the relationship, so it worked for me. He even makes fun of himself, referencing Young and Dangerous when he thinks another guy is after his man. Hsu chi has a small role, playing a "girlfriend" of Sonny's who he can turn to when he's sad. There's laughs, but there's also a serious side when dealing with the subject of AIDS, when a famous professor gets critically ill and his death is marred in controversy because of his homosexuality. People who've seen "Hu Du Men" will see the connection as Law's dad is the same character in that film, and some other cast members make a cameo appearance at the end of the film. Not to mention it's the same director. It has a predictable ending, but the movie is enjoyable despite it. Can't a movie about gays be more optimistic once in a while (like this one)?

All in all, not perfect but an enjoyable film.

Reviewer Score: 8

Reviewed by: Sydneyguy
Date: 05/29/2001
Summary: Ummmm.....

I have seen MOST of this movie (i missed some of the middle) but what i have seen was pretty good. Jordan Chan plays his role TOO well i think!! He is the stereotypical gay guy. George Lam is the conservitive gay man who doesn't like others knowing. When i watched this, i couldn't stop watching!! I am not too sure how well it actually deals with the gay theme, but i think it's accurate of what people THINK gays are like. For example, a lady that George Lam was counselling tells her about AIDS, and then the woman replies "How come you know so much about AIDS!!" I think especially older people, it's hard for them to except. I can't give this a rating since i haven't see all of it but i think it was pretty good from what i saw!!

Reviewed by: shelly
Date: 12/09/1999

An all-too-predictable gay-themed film, whose faults are made even more obvious by its pretension. Shu Kei's admirable, and very ambitious intent -- to present a realistic, sympathetic antidote to the long-standing stereotyping and homophobia of most mainstream HK cinema -- has sadly overwhelmed his film-making abilities. There is no narrative drive: the story plods along, clearing one item after another off its checklist of social messages. And the ending utterly collapses, under its own weight. This subject deserves far better than this.

Reviewer Score: 5

Reviewed by: hkcinema
Date: 12/08/1999

From a conservation family background and an unhappy childhoodexperience, Law Ka Sing decisively hides his homosexual identity and spends his life which on the surface is no different than ordinary people. Sing's partner of 8 years, young boyfriend Sunny is just the opposite, he has never minded publicly revealing his identity. Although he deeply loves Sing, he is unwilling to part with the colorful night life, an extreme contrast with Sing. With Sing's father constantly rushing him to marry, and Sing's "girlfriend" since childhood Chuen returning to Hong Kong from Canada and requesting him to make a choice in love, thus increasing the pressure on Sing greatly......

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