|A Moment of Romance|
Poster of A Moment of Romance
|Mandarin||Ti?n Ruò Y?u Qíng|
|Cantonese||Tin1 Jeok6 Jau5 Cing4|
|Directed by||Benny Chan|
|Produced by||Johnnie To|
|Written by||James Yuen|
|Music by||Lo Tayu|
|Edited by||Wong Ming-kong|
Paka Hill Film Production
|Distributed by||Newport Entertainment|
|Box office||HK$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.
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.
|Awards and nominations|
|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
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.