Second Time Around

2002 [CN]

Drama / Fantasy / Romance / Sci-Fi

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Jonathan Ke Quan as Sing Wong
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910.53 MB
Chinese 2.0
24 fps
1 hr 38 min
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1.82 GB
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24 fps
1 hr 38 min
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Movie Reviews

Reviewed by trancejeremy8 / 10

Funny if a bit slow at first...ultimately unpredictable...

This is a strange mix of genres that you do sometimes see a lot of in Hong Kong films. It's partly a romantic comedy (which Netflix billed it as),but also more serious than that as well. Ekin Cheng thinks he's a hot shot gambler who just needs a chance (that is, money) to win big in Vegas. He gets that chance by stealing some money along with a friend. But things go horribly wrong and his friend ends up dead. But then he ends up going back in time rather mysteriously and has a chance to change things.

The end and beginning are fairly serious, the middle is extremely funny in spots, almost slapstick.

The English captioning is terrible at times, which is odd, because part of the movie is in English (it's set in Las Vegas),and they can't even get the subtitles for the English parts right.

Reviewed by eddax7 / 10

Loopy time lines but humorous

The movie itself is a confusing mess of time lines that probably has loopholes I missed because it lost me somewhere along the way. What saves this movie is its humor, some of its jokes even made me laugh out loud, a feat not easily done - I'm generally one for spontaneous humor and not set ups. The chemistry between the leads also helped warm me to their characters. Wished they downplayed the sci-fi bit and gave the talented Jonathan Ke Quan a bigger role. 7/10

Reviewed by chongman9 / 10

Reminded me of Donny Darko meets Hong Kong cinema themes

I just saw this on the International Channel and was mesmerized. It didn't have the flow of a Hollywood movie, which is part of its charm. Like in Donny Darko, there's a time tunnel, future and past merging, regrets, etc. The Chinese themes helped me identify with it: Asian guy, unlucky with women, gambling obsession, weirdness with gay people, in love with the cute Asian girl.

The main Character, Ren, is macho and self confident to a fault. He doesn't value his friends; he is impulsive and messes around with the ladies. Living day by day, not caring about anyone but himself. But this weird car accident and memory SNAFU give him a second chance, and the story unfolds around his change of conscience and a quirky love story.

It also reminds me a little of Memento. I don't think its very much like Groundhog Day, like the other reviewer... not that comic. Time is used as a ploy to deal with the main theme, which I think is regret.

I enjoyed the suspended disbelief, partly because it was a bit cheesy. And I do love casino scenes, so that helped me enjoy it.

I gave it a 9 out of 10. -hc

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