By Darlene Rabena
Do you enjoy humorous, tear jerking chick flicks? Are you looking for the perfect date movie? If so, don’t miss out on the BREAK UP CLUB (Fan Sau Suet Oi Nei) directed by Barbara Wong. Set in the modern streets of Hong Kong, the film uses mockumentary shots to show the ups and downs of Joe (played by Jackie Chan’s son Jaycee Chan) and his girlfriend Flora’s (Fiona Sit) on-and-off relationship. This film satisfies both of my following requirements for a successful chick-flick: 1) the lovers actually seem in love with each other; and 2) the story line isn’t overtly predictable. First, Chan and Sit make an extraordinary performance, allowing the audience to truly relate to the highs and emotional lows of being in love and getting your heart broken. Second, the film contained enough plot twists to leave you pleasantly surprised and if not fully satisfied, at least appreciative of its unique portrayal of young love.
I was also able to see Bertha Bay-Sa Pan’s ALMOST PERFECT, briefly discussed in Naweet’s previous blog. I’d recommend this film if you enjoy films that incorporate a complex family dynamic. Kelly Hu, who plays Vanessa Lee, successfully portrays the internal struggle of trying to satisfy her family’s expectations and trying to follow her own heart.
You can still catch both of these films this weekend at the Camera theater in San Jose.
Darlene is a participant in this year’s Verizon Student Delegate Program.