Title: …And I Hate You So (2000)
Director: Chung Man Yee (Anna Magdalena)
Screenwriter: Ivy Ho (Gorgeous, Anna Magdalena, and Comrades, Almost a Love Story)
Cast: Aaron Kwok Fu-Sing, Kelly Chan Wai-Lam, Eric Tsang Chi-Wai, Teresa Mo Sun-Kwan, Jessica Suen Huen, Julian Cheung Chi-Lam, Mark Lui Chun-Tak, Cheung Tat-Ming, Chan Fai-Hung, Michael Tse Tin-Wah, Pauline Yam Bo-Lam
Synopsis: A radio talk-show host who offers romantic advice to his listeners discovers that his harshest critic could also be his greatest love in a tender tale of high profile romance starring Aaron Kwok and Kelly Chen. Zhang is the man that the heartbroken turn to when they’re having problems in love; but when the generally helpful host opens a very public discussion concerning the private love life of local columnist Wu, the stage is set for a lively war of words. Now, as Wu begins penning a series of harshly-worded articles criticizing Zhang’s top-rated radio show, these two popular media figures are about to find out just how thin the fine line between love and hate truly is.
Why This Film is Awesome: I’m so sad this film wasn’t a hit at the box office, but I also understand why. For a film that is filed under the romance genre, it only spent the last quarter of it’s running time to actually give us any romance at all. While this made for a rather abrupt ending that felt a bit too conventional, I appreciated that the majority of the film gave me what I’m usually looking for in a film: beautiful writing, an even more beautiful soundtrack, sublime cinematography, and two leads that were still in the process of learning how to play with each other but still found a way to make it work. I was never a huge fan of the Aaron Kwon/Kelly Chan pairing, but I get their appeal.
If you’re a fan of intelligent films about love such as You’ve Got Mail, Sleepless in Seattle, or When Harry Met Sally…, you may like this one. You may also like this one if you’re a fan of KBS’s aggressive couple in Wild Romance.