Tiramisu (2002)

This romantic, melodramatic ghost story put me in touch with my feminine side almost immediately. I was crying during the first thirty minutes. Producer and director Dante Lam Chiu-Yin does a solid job with the screenplay by Chan Man-Yau and Ross Lee Lok-Wah. Nicholas Tse Ting-Fung and Karena Lam Ka-Yan are so damn cute as the star-crossed lovers. Nic plays a deaf postman while Karena portrays a ballet dancer on the verge of a big break. They have several flirtatious encounters before tragedy strikes as they begin a love affair.

The film plays out lots of human/ghost interaction which reaches new levels of lunacy. Bring a large dose of suspension of disbelief and go with the flow. Co-star Eason Chan Yik-Shun handles much of the comedy element while the rest pretend to dance ballet. The dance sequences are quite compelling in that they clearly show that the lead actors, especially Candy Lo Hau-Yam, have little dancing ability. Camera angles and sharp editing do a good job hiding their shortcomings. Tiramisu gets high marks for all technical aspects.

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