Okinawa Rendez-vous- -
Jimmy Tong (Leslie Cheung) is an expert blackmailer and thief who specialises in white-collar crimes. With his side-kick (Vincent Kok), Jimmy steals a personal diary belonging to a Yakuza leader Ken Sato (Masaya Kato) intending to use its details as a platform for blackmailing and to extort money. Sato agreed to the uneasy deal and made preparations to pay Jimmy his exorbitant demands only for Sato's girlfriend Jenny (Faye Wong) to betray him and make off with the money to Okinawa.
Dat, a cop more at home in the filing room than on the beat, arrives in Okinawa with girlfriend Sandy for a romantic vacation.
But he can’t take his eyes off Jenny, who’s just split from yakuza boyfriend Sato with his suitcase of used banknotes. With Sato unable to pay thief-on-the-run Jimmy his fee for recovering his secret diary, he has just five days to find the cash before his sexual escapades are published on the internet. Spotting a promotion, Dat goes undercover, approaching Jimmy for his help stealing a military aircraft from the US base. Okinawa has always held a special place in the heart of Japanese film and culture: its the dreamscape Takeshi Kitano retreats to in his films for metamorphosis. Each of Okinawa Rendez-vous’ characters relocate to the magical island to change their own lives. And director Gordon Chan’s yakuza gangsters have much in common with Kitano’s beach bums. This is Faye Wong’s first film since Chungking Express and her Jenny has much in common with that carefree California dreamer, but the highest acting plaudits go to Tony Leung Ka-fai, once again at his best camping it up in comedic roles. Gordon Chan reputedly shot this film in a largely improvised manner, reflected in the film’s wistful nouvelle vague flavour. An ambitious experiment that failed to set the Hong Kong box office alight on release opposite the more conventional And I Hate You So, Chan’s film stands out for its overall freshness, once-in-a-lifetime cast, and a nuanced depiction of Japan in a year when Hong Kong films turned to Tokyo as a shortcut to hip.
Thanks to Far East Film Festival