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過海隧道 (1999)
Cross Harbour Tunnel

Reviewed by: dleedlee
Date: 04/13/2005

A must see for those who are always claiming to want more independent film production. Lawrence Wong's indie film, supported by the Hong Kong Arts Development Council, is a treat for movie goers and waiting to be discovered.

CHT is a clever and engaging film that owes more than a passing nod to Wong Kar Wai and, specifically, Chungking Express and Fallen Angels. There's, additionally, some humorous references to The Graduate and Casablanca.

The film interwines five stories: a yuppie couple who decide to try out "swinging", or couple swapping; a 15 year-old's first assignment for Big Brother Baldy, a triad boss with a perpetual itch; a pair of brothers who discover their true nature in a public toilet; a bar fly who, Faye-like, secretly falls in love with the owner of a flat; and, finally, the yuppie couple's Filipina maid goes out on the town and locates her former lover, Bruno, now running a bar and lounge, the nexus for the all characters in each of the episodes.

Visually, the film has a recurring blue/orange color motif while other scenes are shot with various color filters.

It seems that most of the participating actors have not gone on to other projects but the cast is across the board very good. The director, Lawrence Wong, according to one German internet site "is now watching grass grow" in New York. Let's hope not. Cross Harbour Tunnel has a driving musical score produced by Anthony Teo who also plays the drunken bar fly who mistakenly takes home, Mary (played by co-screenwriter GC Goo Bi).

Reviewer Score: 7