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Film Review: A Moment of Romance” 天若有情 (1990) - Hong Kong (Radiance) (Limited Edition) (Blu Ray) (UK Version)

Andrew Chan

Film Review: A Moment of Romance” 天若有情 (1990) - Hong Kong (Radiance) (Limited Edition) (Blu Ray) (UK Version)

Reviewed by Andrew Chan (Film Critics Circle of Australia)

“A Moment of Romance” is a remarkable Hong Kong action romance film that effortlessly combines elements of melodrama, action, and romance into a captivating cinematic experience. Directed by Benny Chan, produced by Johnnie To, and starring Andy Lau, Jacklyn Wu, and Ng Man-tat, this 1990 masterpiece holds a special place in the hearts of audiences.

At the center of the film is the poignant and forbidden love story between Wah (Andy Lau), a gangster with a good heart, and Jojo (Jacklyn Wu), an innocent young woman. Lau delivers a strong performance, portraying Wah with depth and vulnerability, while Wu's debut performance as Jojo showcases her natural talent and innocence. Their on-screen chemistry is palpable, drawing viewers into their tumultuous and fated romance, which forms the emotional core of the film.

A Moment of Romance beautifully balances melodrama, action, and romance, creating a narrative that keeps audiences engrossed. Director Benny Chan demonstrates his skill in seamlessly blending these elements, ensuring that each scene contributes to the overall story. The action sequences are expertly choreographed, adding excitement and intensity without overshadowing the central love story. The film's ability to evoke a range of emotions, from heartache to exhilaration, is reminiscent of the works of acclaimed filmmaker Wong Kar Wai, particularly “As Tears Go By”.

The film is further elevated by its terrific theme song, performed by Andy Lau, which has become synonymous with A Moment of Romance. The haunting melody and heartfelt lyrics perfectly capture the bittersweet nature of the story, enhancing the emotional resonance of the film.

Visually, A Moment of Romance is a delight to behold. The cinematography masterfully captures the vibrant streets of Hong Kong, immersing viewers in its lively atmosphere. The production design and costumes add authenticity to the setting, transporting audiences to the time and place of the story.


All in all, A Moment of Romance is a true gem of Hong Kong cinema. With its memorable performances, skillful blending of melodrama, action, and romance, and its evocative theme song, the film leaves a lasting impression. Benny Chan's direction, reminiscent of Wong Kar Wai's style, showcases his talent for storytelling. A Moment of Romance is a must-watch for fans of Hong Kong cinema, offering a captivating and emotionally resonant film experience that stands the test of time.


I rated it 9/10


Reviewed on 4K restored version by Radiance Films on Limited Edition Blu Ray with Booklets

Available on 4K Restored Normal Edition on Blu Ray (Radiance)

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