Lost and Found.
In the closing credit, while listening to the theme song 愛後餘生, I got a deep satisfaction such as when I saw a true good film. A classic of Eric Tsang along with "Final Victory" at the same time, an early masterpiece of Nicholas Tse.
- ArtPort 2001年11月22日 DVD
- Portuguese title: Metade Fumaça
A day doesn’t fade like smoke
This is a genuine masterpiece along with Final Victory by Eric Tsang. His starring films have a strong colour of Hong Kong and feature the impressive songs.
The main story is about a guy who caught by Alzheimer’s disease. Another story is about a 古惑仔 who doesn’t know the face of his father. Both are pursuing their ambiguous memories.
The film is always in happy and comical atomosphere despite the theme is quite serious. And the einding shows hope. That’s why I love this film. This film never made me tired from the sadness. I could rather shed tears for the happiness.
Toward to the 21st century
The theme of this film is clear. The lost memories never comes back, but people can make the new good memories. 下山豹 and 煙仔, they could not retain their memories, but they gained the reliance each other. They can accumulate the beautiful moment day by day.
Thus, the good old days never comes back to Hong Kong, but people are walking again toward to the good future. This film is positively indicating the actuality and the 21st century of Hong Kong.
We don’t need a heavy luggage for running to the future. This philosophy is also seen in 太極張三豐. This is a fundamental thought came from our daily life.
On the climax of the story, we hear the song 沒有煙抽的日子. The lyrics are about June Fourth Incident by 王丹. The genius 張雨生 made it a song. In this film, the singer is a composer 劉祖德. The song is arranged by bluesy guitars, made it slow tempo. It’s very mellow.
The song says "There isn’t a day like pumping smoke". This is meaningful. In this film, the director is illustrating a day as a cigarette, the time could fade like smoke, but the memories remain.
So, Portuguese title of this film is "Half smoked". 下山豹, he is always staying in half a day where he met with the fatal woman.
The soundtrack is remarkably special among Hong Kong films. It’s Brazilian. We hear an uptempo danceable music behind the heartrending or tense scenes. It’s an eccentric attempt which gives a fresh feeling.
This sort of soundtrack didn’t exist ever in Hong Kong cinema as I know. It shown more artistic possibilities in forthcoming films.
Rest of life after love
My heroic rock musician and actor, Nicholas Tse was just 19 years old in this film. The scene of Temple Street where he laughs and cries with his mother over the memories of his father, is unforgettable.
We always confirm his brilliant acting talent. In the closing credit, we reconfirm his distinguished music talent by the theme song.
The theme song is 愛後餘生. The title roughly means "Rest of life after love" which could mention to the life of 下山豹.
This is one of the popular songs in his early time. It’s included in Most Wanted as a new recording song for the first time. It’s often selected in 精選 (Greatest Hits) such as 黃 or 20, Best Selection by Nicholas Tse.
In 1999, he released two albums such as Believe in Cantonese and 謝謝你的愛 1999 in Mandarin. I listened to his song in "Believe" for the first time. A memorial CD that I discovered in Nantong. I don’t have "謝謝你的愛 1999" yet, I always need it with a sane price.
Sandra Ng and Kelly Chen
The role of Sandra Ng is obviously influenced from 古惑仔情義篇之洪興十三妹 in 1998. She is a dreadful queen, but has the charming and generous side. Nicholas Tse debuted to cinema in 新古惑仔之少年激鬥篇. 古惑仔 is their common subject.
Kelly Chen starred in Lavender of the director in the following year. Her appearance is maybe a sort of preview. "Lavender" seems popular in English speakers, it’s available on Amazon Prime. I have Japanese edition DVD with the outer box, but don’t see it yet.
In June of the same year, Nicholas Tse starred in Gen-X Cops with Stephen Fung, Sam Lee, Terence Yin and Eric Tsang. So, all of them are reunited in this film.
Sam Lee plays young Chan Wai-man, this is the smart adaptation. Both actors are sharp and slim like a blade. They are co-starring in A True Mob Story.
Shu Qi and Stephen Fung
On the other hand, Stephen Fung plays young Eric Tsang. This is impacting. It reminds me that Ekin Cheng played young Sammo Hung in The Avenging Fist in which Stephen Fung starring too.
Shu Qi is starring in Love Is Not a Game, But a Joke which the first film of the director. She married Stephen Fung in September 2016. It’s interesting that they are in a same film. Their another co-starring film is 玻璃樽.
In the following year, Shu Qi, Sam Lee and Terence Yin are together in Skyline Cruisers. Terence Yin always plays a villain, but he is my very favourite actor. We must have a film starring by him as an absolute hero.