Heroes in Love- -
The film is separate into three different shorts. KIDNAP focuses a tomboy's unrequited love for an anonymous girl dare not speak her name, she can only watch for longing as the object of her affection passes each day. In a desperate bid for intimate communication, the tomboy kidnaps the girl and holds her prisoner in a cramped back street apartment. Slowly relationship develops between them. In MY BELOVED, a loner is only obsesses with guns, he has no place in his life for a girlfriend, focusing all his attention on his Baretta handgun. One night, his gun starts talking to him in a soft feminine voice, demanding the proof of his love. OH G focuses a guy and a girl meet through an ICQ chat room, they search for the real romance that they have never experienced in their lives. This touching tale of first love is played out against the backdrop of the neon world of urban malls and 24 hour convenience stores.
Four shorts make up HEROES IN LOVE; three by first-time directors and a fourth by Jan Lamb using images from the previous three pieces.
Bearing a Chinese title that translates as “Revolution of Love”, the production is an impressive showcase of work from well-known names in the Hong Kong entertainment circuit. The love affairs kick off with KIDNAP by Wing Shya, best known as photographer and video director to the likes of Wong Kar-wai and Gigi Leung. The moody piece sees a tomboy take a girl hostage in a cramped apartment; an event from which a relationship builds. An overly dark finish, sporadic electronic score and a mix of visual presentations keep the production atmospheric and on edge. Popular actors Stephen Fung and Nicholas Tse quickly pick up the pace with their slick MY BELOVED, casting remarkable newcomer Por Wu in an odd tale of love between man and metal. When Wu spots a new love in a shop window, a machine gun dubbed The Ejaculator, he quits his job with a final payoff and buys the mock-up weapon. Interesting asides come in media coverage of our hero – one journalist is so news hungry she interviews Robin’s jilted budgie! Frivolities soon peak with radio host GC Goo-bi’s OH G! – a blast of fresh air after darker numbers preceding. Lead teens Charlene and Lawrence hook up online and take the big step to real-world dating. Early conversation hinges on each other’s Internet identities but soon the love sparks fly and they’re smitten in a capsule romance of teen love adventures. The online chat program ICQ acts as the protagonists’ nifty matchmaker – a love revolution in its own right – but director GC Goo-bi steadily reveals more ambitious storytelling here.
Thanks to Far East Film Festival