A Moment of Romance 1990 Review: Triad melodramas are a dime a dozen in Hong Kong cinema

During a bank heist, the getaway driver Wah took a young woman Jo Jo hostage. After preventing her from getting killed by his accomplices, they began a forbidden relationship causing mayhem and chaos for their friends and family.

A story of a bank heist that almost ended in disaster (for the robbers) until their getaway driver Wah Dee (Andy Lau) took a young woman Jo Jo(Jacklyn Wu) hostage. After preventing her from getting killed by his accomplices. Both began a forbidden relationship causing mayhem and chaos for their friends and family.

There are some movies you put on where you just instantly know that you are watching a classic. It has something to do with the way it looks, sounds and feels. Often it’s also a bit intangible; the movie somehow operates on a different wavelength than others do. Benny Chan’s A Moment of Romance (Phong Hoa Giai Nhan) is such a movie for me.

Triad melodramas are a dime a dozen in Hong Kong cinema (phim hanh dong hong kong). But in this instance it just works exceptionally well. The movie contains some striking imagery, great acting from everyone involved (but especially from Andy Lau or Luu Duc Hoa) and it oozes with style.

While the (at times lighthearted) romance angle plays a prominent part here. The movie never forgets that it is a crime actioner.

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