Eternal Love


Karaoke killed the Canto-pop song.

At least for the first thirty minutes of this film I found myself enjoying the yuppie ambiance and the music business environment. It felt fresh and was delving into an area that has interested me of late. Why is it that all the new Canto-pop singers are so attractive – and why do so many of them sound alike? Unfortunately though, instead of aiming for He’s a Woman, She’s a Man quirky comic feel, the film catches a morose case of the “A Star is Born” syndrome and goes into a depressing tailspin that it never recovers from.

Alex Fong is a famous Canto-pop writer and producer, but his compositions now sound old fashioned and no singers are interested in singing them. Leslie isn’t returning his calls and the young crowd mock him with snide remarks behind his back. Fong rails angrily at the modern day singers with little talent – bland products of the pop idol machine – and the songs that are geared to performing in karaoke lounges.  He can’t change his style though and his prospects look a bit bleak – though he still manages to live quite nicely. His girlfriend does a mental calculation of his future net value and takes a powder for Canada.
While nursing a beer in a neighborhood bar, he looks up from his worries into the large brown sympathetic eyes of Yoyo Mung and like most of us is bewitched instantly. Yoyo serves large welcoming smiles along with the beers and Alex is soon courting her and making friends with her senile grandmother, Helen Law Lan. In a karaoke bar of all places, he hears Yoyo sing and sets her up for an audition. It turns out to be a good news/bad news scenario – they love Yoyo but they hate his music. Oh oh, you know where this film is headed and it makes a beeline for it with the charm of a plastic fork.
It is a shame because there was some good chemistry between Alex and Yoyo and it had the makings of a solid romantic comedy – but once Alex gets all surly and his lower lip takes on a life of its own the film becomes a turgid and unrelenting trip to the predictable. The main pluses here are a lovely portion of Yoyo – she has pools of emotion in those eyes of hers – and an enjoyable sound track with a number of songs on it.
As a point of interest, the old band that Alex meets in Taiwan is led by Joe Junior –  a famous HK pop star in his day. Here is a link to Tim’s Another Hong Kong Movie Page review of this film and within his review (which is more positive than mine) there is a link to some cool old album covers of Joe Junior.


My rating for this film: 5.0



DVD Information:

Distributed by Universe

The transfer is fine.

Letterboxed

Cantonese and Mandarin language tracks

There are 8 Chapters.

The subtitles are in either Chinese or English - and are easy to read.

There is a trailer for this film and ones for Take 2 Love Connection.

Star Files - Alex Fong and Yoyo Mung.