A Fishy Story

Holly Golightly in Hong Kong. This film is a lovely, charming take on Breakfast at Tiffany’s.  Maggie Cheung simply lights up the screen with a smile as radiant as an exploding star. The camera swoons over her and delights in a sparkling close up every few minutes. It is a love affair between Maggie and the camera. Audrey Hepburn is absolutely my favorite actress of all time and she was one of a kind. But so is Maggie.

During the opening credits and to "Smoke gets in your Eyes", there are some wonderful black and white photos of street demonstrations juxtaposed with pictures of Maggie trying on a fur coat. It sets the mood of this romantic fairy tale film perfectly.

Set in the 1960's, Maggie plays an aspiring actress who leads wealthy men on in hopes of furthering her career. Money and travel are the two things she wants most in the world. Kenny Bee is an unlicensed cab driver that lives upstairs who is occasionally visited by a wealthy married woman who leaves her appreciation on the bedside table. There is some sweet comedy as well. My favorite bit being Maggie learning English from an Indian and then going to a high class restaurant and in perfectly accented Indian English asking for one curry chicken.

Though it does not take place in a pouring rain, the ending has Hollywood written all over it.