Passed through my floormate Jim's room after dinner and caught a glimpse on his monitor. Watched the movie about 15 minutes into it. Never thought I'd get hooked.
It's the latest movie by Peter Chan, Perhaps, Love. It's a musical starring Takeshi Kaneshiro, Zhou Xun and Jacky Cheung. A Chinese musical, and a damn good one. Now that's a rare.
Anyway, it's just a simple love story, although a bit sad at times, but the ending hints at something positive. The story is a bit confusing sometimes, with the flying timeline spanning across real life and reel life in the movie. It's play out like a movie-within-a-movie. The dance and singing parts are all presented in the 'movie-within-a-movie', instead of traditional musicals where they sing and dance in real life and whenever they like. But the plot will get you hooked, definitely.
The production value is high, with lots of different beautiful locations and sets. It's got an Oliver Twist feel to it. Some of the buildings look classical and old, yet elegant. The costumes are great and original, watch out for them.
The acting is also top notch. I particularly liked Kaneshiro and Cheung's characters, (Takeshi is so damn handsome, god......) , and when Jacky Cheung starts to sing, WOW!!! That soprano voice could bring down the house!!! The title theme song is quite nice IMO.
Watch out, this movie deserves to win some award in the next HK Film Awards, particularly Cinematography and Costume Design. I also hope that Jacky Cheung will get a Best Supporting Actor award, coz' he's so good here.
Go watch it in the cinemas if you like musicals. It's worth it.