11 August 2018 | paul_haakonsen
Boredom is the only result...
Given my admiration for the Asian cinema, and in particular the Hong Kong cinema, I needed very little persuasion to sit down and watch "Love Is the Only Answer" (aka "Ren Yue li hun hou") from director Patrick Kong. I had not heard about this 2011 movie prior to stumbling upon it by sheer luck. I didn't it read the synopsis, I just saw that cover and that was sufficient to make me pick it up, as I believed it to be a romantic comedy.
This movie, however, should be labeled as a big mess, because it definitely was not a romantic comedy. The storyline in "Love Is the Only Answer" made so little sense that it was hard to take the movie seriously in most aspects. And the storyline was just such a scrambled mess of confusion and incoherency that I just gave up along the way attempting to keep track. I did stick with the movie to the end, but it was a prolonged suffering agony, let me tell you that.
The actors had next to nothing to work with in terms of plot, script and storyline, and that was weighing the movie down tremendously. Charmaine Sheh (playing Bobo) was the one whom carried the most of the movie with her performance. I am not familiar with her work in other Hong Kong movies, but she definitely did a good job here, taking into consideration the blender mix of a storyline and script she had to work with.
"Love Is the Only Answer" is by no means a high point to Hong Kong cinema, and I can't honestly come up with a single reason for recommending you to sit down and watch this confusing mess of a movie. In fact, if you enjoy the Hong Kong cinema, then you should definitely avoid this particular title - it is not worth the time, effort or money.