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Sausalito (Yi jian zhong qing) (2000)

  Directed by: Wai Keung Lau
Starring: Maggie Cheung, Leon Lai, Scott Leung
Links: Sausalito on the IMDb, Buy on DVD
Genre: Romance

This movie gets: 7.00 (1 rating)
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Sausalito (Yi jian zhong qing) (2000) is also mentioned in timchuma's review of Centre Stage (1992).

"A dot com love story?" - a review by timchuma

It sounds hard to believe but this is actually what this movie is about. It actually does manage to carry this out with some credibility.

Ellen (Maggie Cheung) is a taxi driver in San Fransico, but is also an artist who dreams of living in the rich suburb of the city called Sausalito. She also has a ten year old son, who is looked after by her friends at the taxi company, and who is involved in one of the funniest scenes when he finds something 'exciting' in his Uncle's taxi.

Mike is an up-and-coming dot com tycoon, who came to fame in the US when he came from Hong Kong and wrote his first Search Engine while living in a warehouse appartment in Chinatown. His company is being courted for a multi-billion dollar takeover as part of a finance deal, but he doesn't have any inspirational ideas and feels burnt out.

When Ellen goes out to bring home her friend Tina, who has been calling her all night from the nightclub to come out with her, Mike ropes her into a demonstration to prove that all Chinese women as psychic, which goes successfully and afterwards Ellen finds Mike pissing on her mural that she has painted and they end up in the back of her taxi near the waterfront. After this, the story follows what you would expect from a romantic comedy, with a few funny twists.

I really liked this movie, even though I wouldn't normally go to anything like this. Maggie Cheung is delightful in her role as Ellen (although I would probably think she was in any film she was in) and there are also some funny performances from some very familar faces.

The internet and dot com situations of this movie actually seem credible for once, which is a nice change, and they don't just seem like an afterthought as in some movies of this ilk. Special mention must go to the scene where Mike and his cousin get a call from 'Bill Gate' after their internet scheme for an online nation-state called 'Nirvana City' is launched.

I would recommend this movie to people who want to take their girlfriends for a night out, or who don't want the usual Hong Kong action titles. Even Tom, a bloke who I met just before I went into the movie and who felt he had to 'explain' everything to me because I was just an Australian and wouldn't know what was going on, liked it.

timchuma gives this movie 7 out of 10.
Review created on Wed 9 Feb 2005

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