A Moment of Romance 2 Review: Solidly enjoyable

A street racer encounters a mainland courtesan under an extraordinary circumstances. A moment of Romance between them follows after.

The sequel to the popular Moment of Romance (Thien Truong Dia Cuu) finds more sappy angst among young lovers. Wu Chien-Lien returns from the first film, but this time she’s Siu Sin (or Celia in the subtitles), a mainlander who works as a whore to make money to free her jailed brother. However, she runs afoul of evil pimps trying to frame her for a murder. She finds solace in the arms of Frank (Aaron Kwok), a young biker at odds with his dad (Paul Chun). Frank feels responsible for his mother’s death and, well, that’s why they’re arguing. Siu Sin tries to help out, but the pimps just won’t stop looking for her.

Uneven storytelling hinders the film, along with contrived plotting that doesn’t add up to more than manufactured pathos. While the first film at least had some thematic and dramatic justification for its tragic resolution, this one just seems to follow a similar pattern to get a rise out of this audience. It doesn’t really work; you have to care about the characters first. As Siu Sin, Wu Chien-Lien(Ngo Thanh Lien) is fine, but that’s not necessarily something to write home about. Aaron Kwok (Quach Phu Thanh) is OK, but somewhat vacuous. Anthony Wong fares better as a vicious biker. Entertaining but not memorable.

Solidly enjoyable, but doesn’t hold a candle to the first film. The magic is all gone — the fluidity, chemistry, and beauty have entirely disappeared and been replaced with… a fun flick! I like this; fun action, quick and to the point, and light enough to keep me engaged. It’s nice, and that’s enough for me.

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