Johnnie ToHong Kong85 minutes1995ColourCantonese
The first canonical "Johnnie To Film," the gunplay action drama Loving You also marks the director's first collaboration (of 12 so far) with his chief male muse Lau Ching-wan. Lau stars as detective Chu-hoi, who is a fine cop but a miserable husband. When he suffers a serious brain injury after being attacked by a criminal with a vendetta against him, he must depend on his grievously maltreated wife (Carman Lee) to nurse him back to health. Domestic melodrama morphs into action inferno, culminating in a final apocalyptic showdown set in the old TVB studios (To's television training ground). The sad-eyed Lau projects a combination of toughness, vulnerability, and intelligence, the elements with which To began to construct his ideal New Hong Kong Man of the 1990s: an icon of professionalism, wounded dignity, and quiet heroism, who implicitly bears the uncertain fate of the Special Administrative Region on his shoulders.
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