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Crossline (1996) Crossline

Director: Jamie Luk
Starring: T.L. Mark, Oliver Tan

Tagline: That's one way to keep the rent down!

This movie starts with the heroine (Mimi), being chased around the streets of Hong Kong by a three men who want money from her boyfriend. After giving them the slip and finding out her boyfriend is cheating on her, she tells the men to come up to talk to him and she closes the door on them as they beat him up.

The next scene has Vivian (Mimi's step sister) being given 100 hours community service for stealing cars, then going to the airport with her mother to pick up Mimi from Vancouver International Airport.

Her dad is less than happy to see Mimi, after having divorced her mother years earlier and tells her to go stay at her uncles.

Vivian hangs out with Oliver and his friends (all ex Hong Kong residents whose parents have moved to Canada). All the white Canadians speak Cantonese and English perfectly, but the Hong Kong expatriates only know Cantonese and scant English. This movie was where I found out Canada was a popular immigration destination for Hong Kong residents years before the SARS epidemic brought it to media attention.

Things seem to be going well for Mimi in Vancouver, but she starts having flashbacks about her father leaving her mother and gets drunk. Her and Oliver both smash up a car with crowbars, which turns out to be Oliver's car! It all goes strange from here, with family disputes, fights over men and the usual triad violence.

While this is a reasonable dysfunctional family tale and love story, the triad storyline does seem somewhat imposed on it.

I found some of the characters a bit annoying and pointless. The landlady doesn't really seem to be in the story for any reason than to show a sex scene.

The action scenes are very melodramatic also. I'm sure you have all seen the old 'gaffer tape a machete to the arm' routine and it appears here also.

I also thought the ending was a bit of a mess as it didn't really resolve anything. Despite this, I thought this movie was not the worst triad themed movie I have seen and I enjoyed the change of location.

Rating : 6/10

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