A smart and sexy romantic comedy, Okinawa Rendez-vous starts out like lazy summer fluff, but with its gorgeous, all-star cast this souffle is finally very satisfying indeed.
Tony Leung Ka-fai is Dat, a bewildered, frustrated police file clerk yearning for a chance to make a name for himself in the department and to escape his mundane relationship with his long-suffering girlfriend (played by the lovely Gigi Lai). He gets his break while vacationing in Okinawa, when he spots an international thief (the suave Leslie Cheung) who has just stolen a yakuza’s personal diary and is waiting for his cash to surface. Both men meet up with Faye Wong, a mysterious but hauntingly beautiful barkeep who happens to have a duffel bag full of cash.
While the subtitles sometimes miss the mark in capturing their nuanced performances, the exchanges between Tony (at his wackiest) and the highly charismatic Cheung are not to be missed.
*Scenes from Okinawa Rendezvous
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Director: Gordon Chan Car-Seung
Producer: Jimmy Law
Writer: Chan Hing-Kai
Art Director: Horace Ma
Cinematography: Cheng Siu Keung.
Cast: Leslie Cheung Kwok-Wing, Faye Wong, Tony Leung Ka-Fai, Gigi Lai, Vincent Kok Tak-Chiu, Stephanie Che Yuen-Yuen, Asuka Higuchi
Country: Hong Kong
Running Time: 99 min
“…Romantic hijinks on Okinawa as megastars Leslie Cheung, Faye Wong, and Tony Leung Ka-Fai team up for this breezy summer comedy…[A] frothy good time with little or no pretensions.”
“[Okinawa] is a nonchalant gangster noir that goes out of its way to avoid the slam-bang cliches of the Hong Kong movie, the gunfire barrages and fight choreography.”
—Bob Graham, San Francisco Chronicle
“A laid-back mix of relationship dramas, comedy and cops n’ crims capers…
Playful and endearing!”
—Tim Youngs, www.kowloonside.com