Crying Heart- -
The story of a dying mother and her love for her retarded son. Mrs. Fat (Deanie Ip) is slowly succumbing to cancer, but her biggest worry is her only child, the 30-year-old Bee (Patrick Tam). Possessing the mind of a toddler but the hormonal urges of a sexually aroused rhino, Bee finds himself in trouble with the gangster boyfriend of his neighbor May (Suki Kwan). After the thug is killed for stealing some heroin, the pregnant May becomes severely disabled -- and after Bee's real mother dies, the surrogate mother for her new friend.
Wong Jing directs, script and produces Crying Heart about a mentally-disabled boy, Bee, and his relationship with his dying mother on an impoverished housing estate in Kowloon.
Wong is backed up by strong performances from Deanie Ip as Mrs Fat, earning her the Best Supporting Actress nod at the Golden Horse Awards in Taiwan. Patrick Tam who had played a similar role to Bee in Andrew Lau’s The Legend of Speed, gets more room to develop his character, but the real surprise is Suki Kwan as the next door neighbour. The film was also nominated for Best Script in Taiwan. If the film isn’t wholly successful as a drama, it does present a different side to Wong Jing, more interested in family values than lesbian homewreckers. Mrs Fat’s errant husband has been in-and-out of prison all their married life, so she takes care of her mentally-disabled son Bee on her own. In the final stages of lung cancer, having already lost her hair in chemotherapy, her main concern is the welfare of Bee after she is gone since he it totally dependent on her. She begins to teach him a program of survival tactics: how to get home without getting lost again, how to cook for himself without the help of Ronald MacDonald, and how to diplomatically survive the teasing of the neighbours. Things get complicated when Bee falls in love with sexy Sister May, who lives across the hall with her triad boyfriend Tim, leading to an artistic assult on his penis and a painful encounter with paint thinner…
Thanks to Far East Film Festival
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