Juliet In Love (2000)
by: Wilson Yip
at the Hong Kong Film Awards 2001:
Best Director (Wilson Yip)
Best Actor (Francis Ng)
Best Supporting Actor (Simon Yam)
at the Hong Kong Film Critics Society Awards 2001:
one evening Judy's grandfather is out walking and, in a moment
of carelessness, gets hit by a car and taken to the hospital.
Later the same evening Jordon is put in the bed next to him
after he's unable to pay back his debt to triadboss On (Simon
Yam from Bullet In The Head). Eventually Jordon gets
out of the hospital and right when he's about to leave On
enters, stabbed by his wife. In exchange for a reducement
of his debt On asks Jordon and Judy (who donated blood to
On) to look after his 6 month old baby boy (one of many children
On has with many different women). Under Judy's roof in a
temporary family environment, the two lonely souls become
closer to each other...
Lam Wah Chuen, the DP for Bullets Over Summer, has once again been brought onboard and for the most part his photography is held back and is very natural looking. Some scenes are infused with a green colour scheme (like in the triads restaurant) which honestly doesn't work for me but didn't ruin the movie as a whole. The camerawork is also a bit inventive this time around but it suits the story and is not overdone in any way.
by Wilson Yip and Matt Chow is filled with both snappy and
beautiful dialogue and without that the direction wouldn't
have been as good as it is. It's obvious that Yips work as
a director becomes so much easier thanks to already well written
words. Now that I've seen some of his movies it becomes clear
that he's great at directing actors, something I think he
shares with the American director Paul Thomas Anderson.
Sandra Ng (no relation to Francis) was an actress I've never seen before but she didn't fail to gain my respect. Her acting is more subtle but she doesn't need to say too many words for us to know what she has been through. Her scenes together with Francis Ng are so well acted and I think with another director the scenes wouldn't approach the heights we see here. It's a damn shame that she wasn't even nominated for a Best Actress Hong Kong Film Award that year. She deserved at least that.
supporting part we see veteran actor Simon Yam and he once
again shows what great skill he has and that he is one hell
of a versatile actor. Eric Kot (from You Shoot, I Shoot)
also pops up as Judy's driving instructor but also one of
her few friends in this world. At first glance I felt their
scenes together didn't fit the but after some thinking I clearly
saw how well they fitted into the movies structure.
Yip has learned a lot since Bullets Over Summer and
it's a very touching and well made drama he has made here.