2 Become 1 (2006)

Law Wing-Cheong steps from the shadow of Johnnie To, taking the director’s chair for his second feature film. Mr. Law worked for many years as assistant director, editor, and executive director for Mr. To on many of his internationally acclaimed films. 2 Become 1 is an interesting work, mixing romantic comedy with heavy melodrama about breast cancer. Produced by Mr. To, Mr. Law does a good job bringing that renowned Milky Way Image quality to the screen.

Miriam Yeung Chin-Wah plays a young, upwardly mobile, and single Hong Kong woman with good job, good friends, and good family. The politics of dating and love affairs take up much of her free time with her friends. She meets a young, upwardly mobile, and single Hong Kong doctor, played by Richie Ren Xian-Qi. They have a quick romance, and during a sexual interlude the doctor feels a lump in her breast. This event triggers a big emotional upheaval in Ms. Yeung’s character. She does a nice job playing with the wide range of feelings a cancer victim might endure. Casting of supporting players is quite good, making for a very colorful depiction of modern HK life and all its trials and tribulations.

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