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Film Review: Loving You (1995) by Johnnie To

Film Review: Loving You (1995) by Johnnie To

Merging radically different genres is always a tricky business, and most of the time, takes a very steady directorial hand to accomplish the desired balance. In the case of “Loving You”, Johnnie To attempts to combine a crime thriller with a melodramatic romance. Let us see how he fares.

Inspector Lau Chun-hoi is the embodiment of the anti-hero. While he is very courageous and a workaholic, he also mistreats his colleagues and particularly his underlings, he drinks, he is a womanizer, and constantly ignores his wife who desperately tries to maintain an emotional connection with him. As the film begins, his interactions with a drug dealer named Gwan become the beginning of Lau’s downward spiral. Their second meeting, during which the villain exploits all of his faults and his frustration from learning that his wife is carrying the child of another man, to trap him, ends

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