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Au Revoir, Mon Amour
aka Till We Meet Again
(1991; Golden Harvest/Paragon Films): 5/10
Cover art courtesy Mega Star.
Ho yat gwan joi loi
He ri jun zai lai
Will Mr. Sun Come Back?
Cinematographers: Bill Wong Chung-bo, David Chung Chi-man, Peter Pau Tak-hei,
Peter Ngor Chi-kwan
Art Directors: Eddie Ma Poon-chiu, Horace Ma Kwong-wing; Music: Anthony
Lun Wing-leung, Chan Ming-to
Writers: Jerry Liu Wing-leung, Gordon Chan Kar-seung
Producer: Chua Lam
Action Director: Mang Hoi
Director: Tony Au Ding-ping
Cast: Anita Mui Yim-fong (Wu Mei), Tony Leung Kar-fai (Shen), Carrie Ng
Kar-lai (Mrs. Wu), Hidekazu Akai (Lieutenant Noguchi), Kenneth Tsang Kong
(Wu), Norman Tsui Siu-keung (Tieh), Chikako Aoyama (Woman at Japanese
Dolby Digital (DVD only)
VHS: Tai Seng (No Subtitles)
Import LD/VCD: Star Entertainment (No Subtitles)
Import DVD: Mega Star
Also known as Till We Meet Again (Mega Star DVD title)
Anita Mui Yim-Fong. Image courtesy Mega
Shanghai, December 1941: the Japanese occupation of China
has been in place for four years. One evening, five Japanese monks are
murdered in the streets. Shen, a visitor to the city, learns that the
killers were Chinese and hired by a Japanese man. Trying to get some answers
out of the latter, Shen ends up in a life and death struggle with him
but is saved by the intervention of Mei. The pair first met five years
earlier, but their subsequent relationship came to an abrupt end when
Shen left to fight for the revolutionary forces.
Tony Leung Kar-Fai. Image courtesy Mega
Although she still harbors anger towards Shen, Mei soon
falls in love with him all over again. She also has feelings for Noguchi,
an honest and compassionate Japanese embassy official, who helps her smuggle
Shen past the secret police to safety. Shen again leaves Mei to fight
with the underground, even after he finds that she is now pregnant with
his child. When Noguchi discovers that Shen has been killed during a raid
by the secret police, he and proposes marriage to Mei and she accepts.
However, he is mistaken: Shen survived the attack and has been ordered
to liquidate Noguchi and his love.
Carrie Ng Kar-Lai. Image courtesy Mega
An absolutely gorgeous production -- from the photography
to the costumes -- this is, alas, a shallow and aloof affair, more akin
to a soap opera than the sweeping dramatic epic the filmmakers clearly
aimed for. Anita Mui and Tony Leung Kar-fai are fine, as is boxer-turned-actor
Hidekazu Akai (as one of the few sympathetic Japanese characters to be
found in HK cinema) but their love triangle cannot compare at all to the
one found in director Tony Au's Dream Lovers, and this film also lacks
the passion so evident throughout that earlier work. Au Revoir, Mon Amour
remains heartily recommended to those who admire HK cinema for its artistry;
on this count, it is an undeniable success, offering up some of the most
stunning visuals in memory. If only the screenplay possessed a comparable
degree of proficiency.
Hidekazu Akai and Norman Tsui Siu-keung.
Image courtesy Mega Star.
Mega Star #MS/DVD/026/98
Dolby Digital Stereo (5.1)
Mandarin language only
Optional subtitles in English, Chinese (Traditional or Simplified),
Japanese, Korean, Bahasa (Malaysia or Indonesia), Thai, and Spanish
9 Chapters illustrated in the menu with clips
Coded for ALL Regions
119 minutes (at 25 frames-per-second; running time at regular projection
speed would be 124 minutes)
DVD menu courtesy Mega Star.
|For some reason,
Mega Star has released AU REVOIR, MON AMOUR on DVD with the new name
TILL WE MEET AGAIN on the box and the disc; the original remains on
the film itself. The Cantonese version presumably runs shorter, as
the movie is presented here in Mandarin only. Alas, it has been subjected
to one of the label's 5.1 remixes, adding a few good separations and
a lot of annoying reverb to what was undoubtedly a mix that didn't
need any such tampering to begin with. The picture quality is more
satisfying, fortunately. The image is very nice for the most part,
with a slight haze at times (not a major problem, given the period
setting and nostalgic leanings of the cinematography) and the source
material suffers from only light speckling. However, the decision
to cram a two hour movie, a 5.1 Dolby Digital track, and nine subtitle
options onto a single layer DVD results in heavy compression and,
inevitably, some artifacting. While problems are not major, there
is still occasional smearing, and rainfall, in particular, looks unnatural.
The master used for the disc has been converted from a PAL video transfer,
resulting in slightly accelerated playback. There are no time functions
and the only extras are a theatrical trailer, the standard Media Asia
promo, and notes/filmographies for Tony Au, Anita Mui, and Tony Leung
Anita Mui Yim-Fong. Image courtesy Mega