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Issue #147 HOME E-mail: mail@dighkmovies.com BACK ISSUES February 17th, 2003

In Between Loves
(1989; Golden Harvest/Bo Ho Films Co./Paragon Films)

A Masterpiece
Highly Recommended
Very Good
Marginal Recommendation
Not Recommended
Definitely Not Recommended

Cantonese: Kau oi ye ging wan
Mandarin: Qui ai ye jing hun
English: Looking For Love Night Scary Spirit

Don't be misled by that innocuous English title: this is not your typical HK romantic/comedy! Nerdy "Metered Vehicle Controller" Chang Hsin-lung (Alfred Cheung Kin-ting) is obsessed with lovely TV reporter Jenny Tung (Maggie Cheung Man-yuk) to the point where he records and keeps copies of her broadcasts. One evening, Lung apprehends a wounded bank robber and turns him in to Jenny, for the sole purpose of meeting her. When Chang notices that a gambling den robbery is imminent, he notifies Jenny and she gets another scoop. Although the woman's snotty lawyer boyfriend (Lawrence Ng Kai-wah) humiliates the cabbie in a ritzy restaurant, Chang is determined to still come up with more stories for her. Unfortunately, his diligence soon backfires and Chang ends up at the police station. Meanwhile, a taxi driver, dubbed "The Hong Kong Butcher" by the press, is preying on citizens and leaving pieces of their bodies scattered all over the area. Chang sees this as Jenny's big chance for a worldwide exclusive and offers to lead her to the victims' remains. But is this all a ruse cooked up by the lovesick taxi driver or is he actually the vicious serial killer responsible for it all?

Reminiscent of Ringo Lam Ling-tung's THE OTHER SIDE OF GENTLEMAN (sic; 1984) in the way it goes from romantic fluff to something much darker, IN BETWEEN LOVES is, thankfully, a more successful and entertaining amalgam. Director Allan Fung Yee-ching (who seems to have had a very short career doing features) adds little to the picture other than basic competence but the movie's off-kilter tone and plotting constantly bring a smile to one's face. Never mind just trying to picture Maggie Cheung and Alfred Cheung as a couple; watch them and the various comedians in the cast (including Sandra Ng Kwan-yu, Lawrence Cheng Tan-shui, and Woo Fung) go through their usual paces in a goofy farce that is also part slasher movie! Alfred Cheung appeared the next year in Ricky Lau Koon-wai's THE NOCTURNAL DEMON, an even crazier mix of slapstick and horror that also featured a tax driver/serial killer. If that were not enough, real life psychopath Lam Guo-wen (who drove a hack and collected body parts, and was the basis for DR. LAMB) would also be included, for comedic effect, in THE UNDERGROUND BANKER (1994), with Lawrence Ng doing the honors this time! Michael Chow Man-kin (as a stammering dullard who goes against Sandra Ng in a vinegar drinking contest) and future director Fruit Chan Guo (as Jenny's lily-livered cameraman) also appear.

Cover art courtesy Deltamac.

Alfred Cheung. Image courtesy Deltamac.

Maggie Cheung Man-yuk. Image courtesy Deltamac.
Deltamac #DVD78033 (Hong Kong label)

Dolby Digital 2.0

Cantonese and Mandarin Language Tracks (both post-synched)

Optional Subtitles in English and Chinese (Traditional or Simplified)

6 Chapters Illustrated in the Menu With Tiny Stills

Letterboxed (1.90:1)

Coded for Regions 3 & 6 Only

NTSC Format

88 Minutes (at 25 frames-per-second)

Contains moderate violence, mild horror, and coarse language

DVD menu courtesy Deltamac.

Australia: M (Occasional Violence, Coarse Language)
Hong Kong: II
Ontario: AA

When Mega Star's rights to the Star TV movie library expired, the films were acquired by Deltamac. Unfortunately, thanks to some kind of misunderstanding, thirty titles in the first five batches of Deltamac DVDs were coded for regions 3 & 6 only, when there was no reason for it. IN BETWEEN LOVES is one of the titles affected by this error, which will come as a disappointment to region 1 viewers interested in catching one of Maggie Cheung's more obscure efforts. The image is slightly dark and the print is marred by some speckling but, on the whole, the presentation has no distracting faults and the sound is fine. There are no extras, though the disc comes in a clear keepcase with a reversible cover. Incidentally, don't read the jacket copy beforehand, as it contains major spoilers.

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