Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Already Tomorrow in Hong Kong (2015)

Number Rolled: 36
Movie Name/Year: Already Tomorrow in Hong Kong (2015)
Tagline: What’s meant to be will find a way.
Genre: Romance, Drama
Length: 78 minutes
Rating: NR
Production Companies: Unbound Feet Productions
Producer: Dave Boyle, Jamie Chung, Lawrence S. Dickerson, Bryan Greenberg, Ishai Setton, Sophia Shek, Emily Ting
Director: Emily Ting
Writer: Emily Ting
Actors: Jamie Chung, Bryan Greenberg, Richard Ng, Sarah Lian, Linda Trinh, Jaeden Cheng, Collin Leydon
Stunt Doubles: N/A

Blurb from Netflix: A Chinese American visitor and an American expat who spent a night together in Hong Kong reconnect a year later and start falling for each other.

Selina’s Point of View:
This wasn’t really my kind of film.

If I ignore my personal taste, however, I could see how someone might enjoy it. It’s laid back, the banter is relatively natural and the information you pick up about Hong Kong is fascinating. On top of that, there really is a decent amount of chemistry between the main actors.

I found myself smiling uncontrollably at parts of the film. It’s labeled as a romantic drama, and I guess I see the drama aspects – but I still wouldn’t voluntarily state that it was part of that genre. I feel like it was primarily a romance.

My issues with the film are all based solely on a personal perspective, not objective.

It felt slow, but that’s common for this type of film. It also felt like there were a few lines of dialog that weren’t acted quite as well as they could have been, but that’s also common for a film like this. Due to the fact that the conversation was meant to seem completely natural and like two friends just hanging out, you’re not supposed to be able to tell that they’re acting. It’s supposed to make you feel like a fly on the wall instead of a movie audience. People in real life just aren’t always that smooth.

Already Tomorrow in Hong Kong was alright. It wasn’t out of this world, but for someone more interested in the romantic drama genre, that might be completely different. They might find it easier to fall in love with the story.

Cat’s Point of View:
I’ve been looking forward to watching this movie since it hit theaters last year. In fact, this film was #13 on my Top 20 list when it came out. When I consider that particular list of movies now, hindsight tells me that I should have rated it higher. This should have been in my top 10 at the very least.

Who would have thought that a movie with people walking and talking in a busy city would be so compelling?!

There were plenty of laughs and the characters were relatable. The dialogue flowed well and I was definitely buying into the whole experience. I honestly don’t know where time went while I was watching – that’s how engrossed I was. Suddenly the movie was just over and it left me shaking my fist at the ceiling because I wanted more!

The chemistry between the two leads is palpable – and that’s no wonder, considering they’re a married couple off-screen – or were nearly so, depending on when this was actually filmed. They’ve appeared in a few films together, and this likely squeezed in conveniently, given that the shoot apparently only took 2 weeks.

Bryan Greenberg (Prime, Bride Wars, The Mindy Project) just exudes charm and comes across as a guy you’d really want to hang out with. I have been a fan since I first saw him on One Tree Hill (2003-2012). This is the type of role he seems to really excel at – though, I would be interested in seeing him in something beyond the romance genre.

The roles I’m used to seeing Jamie Chung (Sucker Punch, Premium Rush, Flock of Dudes) in are generally rather intense or action related. It was a refreshing change of pace here to see her just interacting on a fundamental level with someone. This movie really just feels like you’re taking a stroll through Hong Kong and hanging out with a couple of your friends.

I absolutely adored this movie. I could watch it again easily and will likely do so.

Speech Available: English
Subtitles Available: English, French, Spanish

Rotten Tomatoes Critic Score – 74%
Rotten Tomatoes Audience Score – 58%
Metascore - None
Metacritic User Score – None
IMDB Score – 6.5/10

Trust the Dice: Selina’s Rating2.5/5
Trust the Dice: Cat’s Rating4.5/5

Trust-the-Dice’s Parental Advisory Rating: PG-13

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