It’s a rare Chow Yun Fat movie where he actually manages to get the girl and a happy ending. It’s particularly frustrating in movies like An Autumn’s Tale and All About Ah Long, where he plays well-meaning good men who are just doomed to fail when it comes to romance.
Samuel Pang in An Autumn’s Tale is the typical example of “nice guys finish last”—he helps the female lead with basically everything, shows her around the city, and even sells his car just to buy her a graduation gift. Despite that, she spends three quarters of the movie moping over her cheating boyfriend, and it is never clear whether she reciprocates Samuel’s feelings.
In a tragic twist, Yun Fat’s character in All About Ah Long, Ah Long, is able to win back his ex-girlfriend’s heart, but dies in an accident before he has the chance to enjoy the fruits of his labour.
Watching these movies would probably equate to putting your heart through a lot of unnecessary pain, so if you’re interested in checking out Yun Fat as a swoony romantic hero, The Fun, the Luck & the Tycoon, where Yun Fat plays a rich man who gives up his fortune for love, would be more lighthearted—and fulfilling—fare.
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