Lost in Time (2003)

This is a fine adult drama film written by the always interesting James Yuen Sai-Sang and directed with a smooth hand by Derek Yee Tung-Sing. The material as directed gives the principal actors many chances to work their craft. Lau Ching-Wan gives his usual rubbery faced performance as the hard luck guy with a heart of gold. Cecelia Cheung's character affords the actress plenty of chances to laugh, to cry, and to look forlorn.

Two things make this movie work. Firstly, is the casting of Harashima Daichi as Lok, the child in the story. This kid is just so damned cute! Secondly, the melodramatic events play out in the fast-paced, cutthroat world of the Hong Kong minibus industry. When Ms. Cheung's fiancÚ is killed in an accident, she decides to keep his business going, unaware of the foibles and pratfalls that lie ahead. Along the way, she meets Mr. Lau who gives her a helping hand while dealing with his own troubled past.

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