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Those Were the Days (Yau ching sui yuet saan gai goo si) (2000)

  Directed by: Wai Man Yip
Written by: Manfred Wong
Starring: Jordan Chan, Gigi Leung
Links: Those Were the Days on the IMDb
Genre: Drama

This movie gets: 7.00 (1 rating)
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"A coming of age and love story with a difference." - a review by timchuma

After trying to stop his girlfriend being a hostess at a nightclub where he is working, and being beaten for it, a man recognises a childhood acquaintance called Cock, who stops him from being beaten up. As thanks for this, the man reminisces with him about a love story that happened seven years earlier with his sister, Gee, when he was 12 and Cock and his friends where 17.

Gee, her brother and their mother, Sister Chin, move into a high-rise estate and the youngest boy meets Cock and his two friends, who are roped into carrying the family's possessions up to their flat when Cock falls in love with Gee, who nicknames him Chick after seeing the chick he is carrying.

Later, Gee calls Cock out as they live opposite and they go into the stairwell to talk, where Gee makes friends with him. Later, on the roof of the estate, Gee shows her affection for him by biting him on the shoulder: 'I bite you when I'm happy, I bite you when I'm sad'. In a later incident when Gee is bullied by the boy at the newspaper stand called Tim (I'm not making this up), Cock saves her then sets the boy's stand on fire, for which he is punished, and Tim ends up joining Cock and his friends as 'Four Men in a Boat'.

A few years later, when Cock and his friends are teenagers and become the 'ratbags' of the estate, he is still in love with Gee, but it now hurts more when she shows her affection for him (you see his toes clench with pain). What follows is not the usual love story but is different from what you would expect from this type of movie.

I also liked this movie (thanks to Tom for not telling me everything that happened, even though he saw it last week), it wasn't sickly-sweet as most romantic movies are and was different enough from the first movie I saw to stand out on its own.

timchuma gives this movie 7 out of 10.
Review created on Tue 22 Feb 2005

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Reader comments

  1. i like this movie very much..where can i download it? could someone help me with this?

    Rating given: 10

    A comment from deris on Thu 27 Oct 2005 03:33 #

Those who have commented give this movie: 10.00 (1 rating)

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