Crazy n' the City (2005)

Writer-director James Yuen Sai-Sang scores high marks with a poignant film starring Francis Ng Chun-Yu and Eason Chan Yik Shun. Funky melodrama captures slice of life and love in the center of Hong Kong, itself cast in an important supporting role. The screenplay written by the director, Law Yiu Fai, and Jessica Fong Ching is outstanding. It was nominated for Best Screenplay at the 25th Annual Hong Kong Film Awards.

Cast in a role that probably was written especially for him, Francis Ng Chun-Yu gives a neat performance as a mentally troubled man who lives his life walking a thin line between madness and sanity triggered by traumatic past events. Considered a nut by most of the people he meets in the streets of Hong Kong, he crosses paths with a couple of police officers who are struggling with their own troubles while trying to earn a living in the busiest city in world. Joey Yung Tso-Yi plays the overzealous female rookie partnered with Eason Chan Yik Shun playing the disillusioned veteran in charge of her field training. These two actors give solid performances and manage to hold their own in scenes with Ng. Keep your eyes open for a couple of cute cameo appearances by some big Hong Kong movie stars.

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