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Sausalito
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Customer Rating: Customer Review Rated Bad 7 - 7.4 out of 10 (11)
All Editions Rating: Customer Review Rated Bad 7 - 7.3 out of 10 (13)

YesAsia Editorial Description

The stars of the award-winning Comrades, Almost a Love Story reunite for Sausalito, a hit romantic drama set in the San Francisco Bay Area. Cannes Best Actress Award winner Maggie Cheung is Ellen, a single mother who drives a taxicab by day, and paints expressionist art by night. She chances into a one-night stand with Mike (Leon Lai), an emotionally frigid Internet mogul who prefers sex to love. Ellen's influence starts to change Mike, but it may not be soon enough. Ellen has no time for romantic games, and Mike's spoiled, single male ways are not fitting to a struggling single mother. Will they go their separate ways, or will they find mutual love? And will a sudden West Coast earthquake affect their chances? Director Andrew Lau (Infernal Affairs) captures the romance and charm of the big city, and his actors bring their established screen chemistry and remarkable acting skills to the table. Sausalito is a rare adult drama from the usually commercial-minded Hong Kong film studios.
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Product Title: Sausalito 一見鍾情 一见锺情 ひとめぼれ(一見鍾情) Sausalito
Artist Name(s): Leon Lai (Actor) | Maggie Cheung Man Yuk (Actor) | Eric Kot | Richard Ng 黎明 (Actor) | 張 曼玉 (Actor) | 葛民輝 | 吳耀漢 黎明 (Actor) | 张 曼玉 (Actor) | 葛民辉 | 吴耀汉 黎明(レオン・ライ) (Actor) | 張曼玉 (マギー・チャン) (Actor) | 葛民輝(エリック・コット) | 呉耀漢(リチャード・ン) Leon Lai (Actor) | 장만옥 (Actor) | Eric Kot | Richard Ng
Director: Andrew Lau 劉偉強 刘伟强 劉偉強(アンドリュー・ラウ) Andrew Lau
Release Date: 2000-07-01
Language: Cantonese, Mandarin
Subtitles: English, Traditional Chinese, Simplified Chinese
Country of Origin: Hong Kong
Disc Format(s): DVD
Region Code: All Region What is it?
Rating: IIB
Publisher: Deltamac (HK)
Package Weight: 120 (g)
Shipment Unit: 1 What is it?
YesAsia Catalog No.: 1000022253

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Professional Review of "Sausalito"

March 1, 2006

The cast of uber-romance Comrades: Almost a Love Story, reunite for uber-director Andrew Lau's, Sausalito. All the stuff of Comrades is here, but inadvertently the parts congeal into a horror story rather than romance this time out, largely due to the location.

Set in a suburb of dot com hot San Francisco, Mike (Leon Lai) plays a shallow young computer-head obsessed with gadgets and games (shades of Aaron Kwok in 2000AD) and getting laid (not at all like the virginal cyber-boy Aaron plays). Immature and self-obsessed he picks up single mom cab driver, Maggie, while slumming one night and they shag in the back seat of her cab. The rest of the movie is dedicated to "will she/won't she" sexual vacillation.

Maggie and Leon are at their best, and Richard Ng as Leon's gay foster father brings some salt to this oversweet confection. Andrew Lau serves himself well as his own cinematographer and it's all good, clean fun except for a nagging sense that something's not quite right.

Ethnic identity elided by capitalism, generic world music stapled to the soundtrack, and constantly obsessed with the look of high speed economics, but not their content, the movie is an alarmingly shallow ride, that plays on that very shallowness in an attempt to both criticize and glamorize it at the same time. Inadvertently, this is a pretty accurate picture of the shallow dot com economies currently blossoming like morning glories in New York and San Francisco. The result is a horror movie of late stage capitalism.

Maggie's cab bears an advertisement for StarEast, one of the producers of the movie, and Leon's hip, deconstructed mansion (which the movie spends most of its time idolizing) suddenly gets recast as a stand-in for the big bad corporate world. Wealth liberates these nasty dot commers from morals as they slink in and out of each others' beds, but when it becomes convenient the corporate world they've created becomes a big blue meanie. When they get in trouble, their situation is portrayed as if the world owes them a bailout because they're young and sexy.

As Leon and Maggie lie on his 350 count sheets in a postcoital glow, Maggie tells tales of woe about her lifestyle of photogenic poverty, and Leon let's her know that what's stopping him from being a nice guy is that he just doesn't have enough money. And that's the bottom line in this flick: despite some knee-jerk old schoolisms (money can't buy you love), money is generally regarded as an aphrodisiac and a relationship cure-all.

That said, I actually liked the movie. For all its new economy "rah rah" boosterism, it never once can be accused of taking itself seriously. Everyone knows they're making a lightweight romance, even if the actors (Maggie Cheung, especially) perform with realistic sharp edges on their characters (Leon is a workaholic control freak who never grew up; Maggie is a passive aggressive with a chip on her shoulder). The movie comes across as horror not because it paints an unrealistic picture of its setting, but because it does.

by Grady Hendrix

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Customer Review of "Sausalito"

Average Customer Rating for this Edition: Customer Review Rated Bad 7 - 7.4 out of 10 (11)
Average Customer Rating for All Editions of this Product: Customer Review Rated Bad 7 - 7.3 out of 10 (13)

kim seung woo
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May 30, 2006

3 people found this review helpful

humdrum Customer Review Rated Bad 2 - 2 out of 10
this movie is so humdrum. i liked the pairing of leon lai and maggie cheung in the movie 'comrades almost a love story' now that is a good movie. 'sausalito' is not a good movie. just because they went to san francisco to make this movie... does not mean that this is a good movie. the reason why it is not good is because the story line got cluttery and the idea and concept wasn't that interesting. the only good thing about it is probably the way it is filmed and the look of the picture, but it is a very dull movie. if you want to fall asleep, then watch this movie. otherwise, pass it.
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Anonymous

April 15, 2005

This customer review refers to Sausalito
WORTH SEEING Customer Review Rated Bad 5 - 5 out of 10
THE MOVIE IS GOOD AND THE STARS ARE GOOD BUT IT IS JUST SO HARD TO GET THEIR PREVIOUS MOVIE OUT OF MY HEAD. THEIR PREVIOUS LOVE STORY WAS A 100 ON A SCALE OF 1 TO 10 AND THIS STORY PROBABLY IS A 5 ON A SCALE OF ONE TO 10. I OWNDER IF IT WOULD BE BETTER TO PAIR TWO DIFFERENT STARS SO THERE WOULD NOT BE COMPARISON
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Anonymous

October 17, 2003

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Worth to Watch Customer Review Rated Bad 9 - 9 out of 10
I have watched this movie at least 5 times. I have found this movie realistic, but yet sweet. If you like Comrades in Love, you will like Sausalito...
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Anonymous

September 9, 2003

Taking this from GOOD to GREAT... Customer Review Rated Bad 10 - 10 out of 10
The dot.com part is sort of cheesy since the HK director himself does not know anything about Silicon Valley, the dot.com life, language, technology and the IPO and dot.com financial processes. But otherwise everything else is GREAT. The story is realistic, and you really find Mike and Ellen in real life, and their situations were familiar too. Both of them acted very well, and several episodes were very sweet and cute... if the dot.com part could have been fixed a little bit so it's not like a joke, then the whole movie could have been another "Sweet Honey Honey" (Comrade, Almost A Love Story)...
Definitely still worth watching. I still like it a lot.
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Edwin
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October 9, 2002

Great movie Customer Review Rated Bad 10 - 10 out of 10
I think a lot of people would judge this movie to me a girly movie. I thought so too when I judged the movie by its cover. But to my suprise, this is one of the best chinese movies I've seen in awhile. I've always liked Leon's acting. Never really cared for Maggie. I think this movie was good because it was easy for me to relate to the characters since I'm from america as well.
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