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Man in Love (2021)

A tragic romance beautifully photographed, that proudly wears melodrama on its sleeve

Drama, Romance

6.9

movie

Taiwan
Mandarin
Depressing, Emotional, Tear-jerker
2021
Chen-Hao Yin
Hsin-Ling Chung, Lan Wei-Hua, Lin Chih-ju
115 min

Synopsis

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A-Cheng collects debts for a gangster and doesn't skimp on violence, but he can also be merciful to those who deserve it. He has a crush on Hao-ting, the daughter of one of the debtors, but he only knows the underworld and so embarks on a clumsy and primitive courtship that includes reducing the girl's debts in exchange for pity dates. But when Hao-ting catches a glimpse of the good in him, the clouds of melodrama thicken and A-Cheng is forced to come to terms with the real nature of his work.

Our Take

6.9
The Staff

There isn’t anything about Man in Love—a remake of the 2014 South Korean film of the same name—that you haven’t already seen before. But this iteration of the love story between a kindhearted woman and a scoundrel in business with gangsters and creditors benefits from high production values that help Taiwan stay romantic despite the grit of the film’s plot. There’s also an undeniable earnestness to even the most predictable beats here, helping the love story at its center feel more like a heat-of-the-moment bond forged in desperate economic times, and less like an abrupt bout of passion.

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