Don't Go Breaking My Heart: Film Review
Hong Kong's Johnnie To aims for a mainstream audience in his first romantic drama since 2008.
HONG KONG -- A love story that plays out extensively via window panes and cell phone videos, Johnnie To's first romantic drama since Linger (2008) may conceal a dark and neurotic subtext about the existential distances between urban men and women behind its gleaming, crowd-pleasing surfaces. For the most part though, Don't Go Breaking My Heart's Cinderella tale about an ordinary girl caught between two adamant admirers is VIP-class escapism. Like a magician (a motif signifying the film's ongoing male rivalry), To dazzles with non-stop filmmaking tricks, so many will be happy to forget the disingenuousness of the creative premise, especially the kind of romance it manufactures.
Except for collectivists, few overseas disciples of To's cool action films would go the extra mile to see this very different product, aimed squarely at mainland audiences with a bit of Asian-region circulation as bonus. There'll be more activity in Asian-centric ancillary.
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