And yet another HK movie (even though it plays in Macau). This time, a film by Ho-Cheung Pang. It is my first movie by Ho-Cheung Pang and even though he is famous for his funny style, Isabella was a serious and dramatic movie full of emotions. As you can read in the summary, this movie is about a corrupt Macau Cop (Chapman To) during the handover of Macau from the Portuguese to the PRC and a young Girl which gets into his life, stating that he is her Father. At first, she just wants money from him to be able to pay her rent but they end up living together.
The beginning scenes will remind you of Wong Kar-Wei, the movie is beautifully shot (Macau really isn’t the cleanest city). The actors were both excellent and believable. I can’t really complain here but there seem to be people which don’t agree with me. The score is top-notch.
The plot was (in my opinion) genuinely good. It was never over-the-top, unrealistic or dull. I have seen a few father-daughter relationship movies and while I like that subgenre, they don’t always tend to be realistic. The ending was great too but endings tend to be a matter of taste. Some like happy endings and some want it to end bloody…
I can safely recommend this movie and I will try to watch more movies, directed by Ho-Cheung Pang.