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Saturday, August 06, 2005 2:11 am
2 love stories movies
I’ve seen two movies that turned out to be memorable love stories in the last 2 days. Both happen to be Non-English movies for which I needed subtitles.

The first was In The Mood For Love from China/?Hong Kong. Frequent collaborators Maggie Cheung and Tony Leung were excellent in this ultra-gorgeous movie.

The second was 3-Iron from South Korea. Some recent Korean movies have had such original story-lines and creative story-telling. This one is no exception.

Both movies are unconventional, yet simple and pleasing. And it is refreshing to see alternatives to the usual Hollywood passion-fests. Sometimes out-and-out massive Hollywood love stories like Titanic (cheesy) or The English Patient (epic) work—both are movies I found satisfying to varying extents. (I’ve only seen Titanic once in the cinema and hope never to see again ever; but it worked at the time).

However, more recent Hollywood efforts e.g. Cold Mountain left me cold; and I don’t have any desire to experience the witty-but-incredibly-unrealistic-dialog contained in the rom-coms that Hollywood continually dish out—e.g. Wedding Crashers and Must Love Dogs. Sure they have their fans. Just not me.

I can’t remember the last time 2 back-to-back movies impressed me as much as In The Mood For Love and 3-Iron have. I recommend them to anyone hoping to try something different.

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