Comrades: Almost a Love Story ★★★★

i mean, what's not to love? Maggie Cheung... Christopher Doyle as a horny English teacher!?

relentlessly melodramatic romance that touches upon the chinese diaspora and the frustrated upward mobility of mainlanders vs. their hong kong counterparts and also touches about MAGGIE CHEUNG. i mean... the best. Leon Lai is, comparatively, a chore and a half. wasn't expecting this to go where it went (geographically, at least), but the tinny synth vibes pay off, and the romance is believable (and oddly relatable) even when it isn't.

i don't even want to see the restoration. hilariously flubbed subtitles and the soft haze of VHS brings this to life.