16 June 2008 | Mike Astill
A touching and lovely piece of cinema
Onion (Ren) is blind, mute and has to live in hospital, but his life is good as he's in love with his beautiful nurse, Autumn (Cheung). Unfortunately he expresses his joy by dancing around like a nutter, and ends up being hit by a car and killed in a (presumably) unintentionally funny scene. His spirit flies to, er, Polaris, where he's given a chance to return to Earth for five days and see the face of his beloved for the first time. The only problem is, he'll look completely different from when he was alive and won't be able to reveal who he is.
He agrees, but once he sees Autumn again he knows he cannot leave without telling her how he feels, and knowing if she feels the same.
Explain the premise of this movie to anyone, and they might well steer clear of it. And that would be a bit of a shame as, while you could find it painfully syrupy and melodramatic, you might also find it a touching and lovely piece of cinema. I guess it depends how cynical you are.
A young Cecilia Cheung is earnest and pretty, and acts the socks off her overacting co-star. To be fair, Onion would be a difficult part for anyone to play, and it's perhaps too much for Taiwanese pop star Ren.
It's a beautiful looking film, and the score is heartfelt and enjoyable when it isn't being overly intrusive.
The Deltamac DVD provides a decent picture and clear subtitling, with only a small amount of on-the-fly grammar correction required.