Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB
Original title: Shap Yee Yeh
Hong Kong, 2000. Golden Harvest Company, Golden Harvest Pictures. Screenplay by Oi Wah Lam. Cinematography by Siu-keung Cheng. Produced by Peter Ho-Sun Chan. Music by Clarence Hui. Production Design by Simon So. Film Editing by Chi-Leung Kwong.
Cecilia Cheung plays a birthday celebrant who decides to take a tarot card-reading friend at her word and dump her boyfriend thanks to the negative signs she gets from her session. The very same night she befriends one of her best friend’s boyfriends (Eason Chan) and starts up a relationship with him. Their private moments, from highly passionate to painfully sour, are detailed in the viewing of twelve separate nights that take place over the period of a year. Delightfully accurate, full of joyfully funny moments as well as painfully awkward ones, all of it kept under tight wrap by the excellent performances and assured direction by newcomer Aubrey Lam (who until this film had only written screenplays).