Sunday 24 May 2020

On Blu-ray - John Snadden unearths an "ultra-stylish Hong Kong crime drama" MY HEART IS THAT ETERNAL ROSE (Patrick Tam, Hong Kong, 1989)

MY HEART IS THAT ETERNAL ROSE is an ultra-stylish Hong Kong crime drama from 1989, which IMO has been chronically overlooked for years but now has finally received a bare bones blu ray release. 

It's a powerful blend of the Heroic Bloodshed and Film Noir genres. The then Canto RomCom star, Kenny Bee, plays against type as a hardened professional hitman. Rising stars Joey Wong (A Chinese Ghost Story) and Tony Leung Chiu-Wai (Bullet in the Head) co-star with meaty roles. 

Kenny Bee
In true Noir fashion, the film' s narrative is driven by dread and fuelled by greed, financial and emotional. The arthouse-like visuals come courtesy of DOPs Chris Doyle and David Chung. 

Tony Leung Chiu-Wai
The pic closes with a cracker of a confrontation between the King of Killers and car loads of gun toting gangsters. A genre film which appeals on many levels and will linger long in the viewer's mind.
"...a cracker of a confrontation..."

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