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A Moment of Romance

A Moment of Romance
Poster of A Moment of Romance
MandarinTi?n Ruò Y?u Qíng
CantoneseTin1 Jeok6 Jau5 Cing4
Directed byBenny Chan
Produced byJohnnie To
Written byJames Yuen
StarringAndy Lau
Jacklyn Wu
Ng Man-tat
Music byLo Tayu
Fabio Carli
CinematographyJoe Chan
Horace Wong
Patrick Jim
Edited byWong Ming-kong
Movie Impact
Paka Hill Film Production
Distributed byNewport Entertainment
Release date
  • 14 June 1990 (1990-06-14)
Running time
91 minutes
CountryHong Kong
Box officeHK$12,899,353 (2 week)

HK$20,000,000 (4 week)

Total over HK$32,899,353 (6 week)

A Moment of Romance (Chinese: ?) is a 1990 Hong Kong action romance film directed by Benny Chan, produced by Johnnie To, and starring Andy Lau, Jacklyn Wu and Ng Man-tat. For his performance in the film, Ng was awarded Best Supporting Actor at the 10th Hong Kong Film Awards.[1]

A Moment of Romance tells an action-packed love story between an underworld rag and a rich heiress and is considered a major classic of Hong Kong cinema. Because of the film, Andy Lau was nicknamed "Wah Dee" (?Dee), the character he portrays in the film, while the film is also one of Lau's representative works.


Wah Dee (Andy Lau), a young triad gangster, is the getaway driver in a jewelry store robbery. When the raid goes wrong, he takes a young woman named Jo Jo (Jacklyn Wu) hostage. A senior member of Wah Dee's gang, Trumpet, demands that she be killed, but Wah Dee resists and saves her. After Wah Dee is arrested, Jo Jo refuses to identify him to the police. While Wah Dee tries to act coldly towards JoJo, she expresses gratitude and affection towards him, who, on the other hand, also starts to fall in love with her.

Wah Dee in hides in his grandfather's home in Macau to protect Jo Jo from the triads, but she finds him and they spend time together there. After returning to Hong Kong, Jo Jo is forced to move to Canada with her parents, threatening to prosecute Wah Dee for abducting her. Promising to come with them, she insists on meeting Wah Dee for the last time. A letter expressing her 'no-regret' love for him is left in his apartment after she has taken care of Wah Dee - who is drunk - and his flat as well.

Trumpet organizes a meeting to announce his dominance over the gang that Wah Dee is also a part of after the death of their leader. A fight broke out, where Brother Seven, Wah Dee's boss, is killed by Trumpet and his partners. Wah Dee escapes with the help of Rumbo, a friend of his, yet he is hit from behind by Trumpet with a metal gas tank, causing him nosebleed and shock. He then decides to come to JoJo's house and picks her up while she is on the verge of leaving. They arrive at a church to organize their own wedding with outfits stolen from a boutique. While JoJo is praying, Wah Dee secretly leaves. He then follows Trumpet as well as two others out of a sauna with a knife, attempting to kill him. With the help of Rumbo, Trumpet and one of his mates is killed yet Rumbo and Wah Dee also dies on the street. Meanwhile, JoJo is seen running on the highway in the wedding dress looking for Wah Dee.


  • Andy Lau as Wah Dee (?Dee), an impulsive, abrasive, but honorable triad member and biker. He grew up as an orphan when his mother threw herself off a building when he was a child and was raised by his mother's three prostitute friends.
  • Jacklyn Wu as Jo Jo Huen, an innocent, pure-hearted rich heiress.
  • Ng Man-tat as Rambo (), Wah Dee's loyal friend and fellow triad member who works as a car washer.
  • Wong Kwong-leung as Trumpet (), a rival triad in Wah Dee's gang who is power-hungry to be the head of the head.
  • Chu Tit-wo as Brother Seven (), Wah Dee's boss.
  • Lau Kong as Inspector Kong (?Sir), a CID inspector who is bent on prosecuting Wah Dee.
  • Lam Chung as Superintendent John Chan (?Sir), Inspector Kong's superior officer who is an old classmate of Jo Jo's mother, Shirley.
  • Sandra Lang as one of Wah Dee's foster mothers.
  • Anna Ng as one of Wah Dee's foster mothers.
  • Bonnie Wong as one of Wah Dee's foster mothers.
  • Yuen Bun as Sing (), Brother Seven's underling.
  • Leung San as Shirley, Jo Jo's mother.
  • Ng Wui as Wah Dee's grandfather.



  • Presenter: Wallace Chung
  • Planning: Ringo Lam, Wong Jing, Ise Cheng
  • Action Director: Yuen Bun
  • Car Stunts: Bruce Law, Joe Chu
  • Art Director: Ringo Chueng
  • Costume Designer: Lee Yuk-shing, Yam Kam-jan
  • Assistant Director: Chu Yat-hung, Law Sai-kuen, Bosco Lam
  • Makeup: Wong Lai-kuen
  • Hair Stylist: Chan Tat-ming



Theme song

  • If the World Had Romance (?) (Cantonese) / No Regrets of Youth (?) (Mandarin)
    • Composer: Lo Tayu
    • Lyricist: Lee Kin-tat (Cantonese), Lo Tayu (Mandarin)
    • Singer: Shirley Yuen ()

the theme song was later used as the ending theme for the 1991 television series, The Flying Fox of Snowy Mountains, sung by Fong Fei Fei ( Literally as heroes dream.)

Insert theme

  • Gray Track (?) (Cantonese) / Dark Space () (Mandarin)
    • Composer: Wong Ka Kui
    • Lyricist: Gene Lau
    • Singer: Wong Ka Kui
  • Never Regretted (?) (Cantonese) / Short Term Gentleness () (Mandarin)
  • Regardless If It's Wrong ()(Cantonese) / No Need to Understand So Much () (Mandarin)
    • Composer: Wong Ka Kui
    • Lyricist: Paul Wong (Cantonese), Mike Lau (Mandarin)
    • Singer: Wong Ka Keung

Awards and nominations

Awards and nominations
Ceremony Category Recipient Outcome
10th Hong Kong Film Awards Best Supporting Actor Ng Man-tat Won
Best New Performer Jacklyn Wu Nominated
Best Original Film Score Lo Tayu, Fabio Carli Nominated
Best Original Film Song Song: If the World Had Romance (?)

Composer: Lo Tayu
Lyricist: Lee Kin-tat
Singer: Shirley Yuen



A second installment, A Moment of Romance II, was released in 1993 featuring a new storyline but similar themes. Benny Chan and Jacklyn Wu return as director and lead actress respectively, while Andy Lau does not return as the lead actor, with Aaron Kwok leading the film instead. A third and final installment, A Moment of Romance III, was released in 1996 with Johnnie To, producer of the first two films, taking the helm as director and Lau returning as lead actor alongside lead actress Wu.

See also


  1. ^ (in Chinese) HK Film Awards 10th Hong Kong Film Awards winners and nominaees Retrieved 2011-06-08
  2. ^ "A Moment of Romance". imdb.com. Retrieved 2010.
  3. ^ "A Moment of Romance". chinesemov.com. Retrieved 2010.
  4. ^ A Moment of Romance at the Hong Kong Movie DataBase

External links

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