Passionate Nights (1997)
Italconcepts Fashion Inc. | Congrad Company Limited | Vision Production Studio
Ha Ping, Suki Chan, Bowie Lam, Ha Chi Chun, Convoy Chan, Sonia Wu
Cameo: Bobby Yip, Spencer Lam
Producer: Joe Hau Director: Joe Hau
Genre: Drama | Comedy Rating: IIB
"Some guys wear a mask and do evil deeds, but people take them as good guys."
One night Liu Siu Suen's (Pauline Chan) rich hubby Ma Joe Fai (Wong Wai) is driving as he
quarrels with his wife. Then their car plummets into the sea. Ma drowns but Liu survives, and
without any evidence of wrondoing, she is set to inherit his belongings and collect $30 million
from an insurance policy.
Liu becomes owner of the mansion where she cohabitates with Ma's mother (Ha Ping) and
his 2 daughters (Suki Kwan and Ada Choi). The whole family despises Liu and blames her for
Ma's death. Liu shows no remorse for his death and flaunts her newfound power shamelessly.
Insurance solicitor (Fennie Yuen) is instructed to investigate Liu because if she murdered
her husband then they won't have to pay her the millions. After repeated threats to her
life from an unknown assailant, Liu hires a loyal bodyguard (played by Edmond Leung).
Plot twists ensue.
Passionate Nights not only stretches credulity but deliberately misleads the audience to think
one way about certain characters, then does a switcheroo. No one is exactly what they seem.
This makes the film essentially a mystery, with the puzzle of whether Liu killed her husband and
who is trying to kill Liu. Yet it is also a comedy. Spencer Lam has an amusing cameo as a
security company owner with an excessive sales pitch. The Wong Fei Hong theme plays when
dutiful bodyguard Edmond Leung enters (his character is named "Lee Lin Kit", Jet Li's
Despite the misleading title and casting of sexpot Pauline Chan, Passionate Nights is not an erotic
film in any respect. Chan appears in a bathing suit and numerous other outfits, but there is no
nudity and few sexual situations. Pauline's role is especially convincing, as she was known to
have a rich sugar daddy in real life. Her performance as a world-weary former bargirl seems
Despite everything, Passionate Nights is entertaining and is a good vehicle for Pauline Chan,
an actress with a certain charisma.
Related viewing: Boy's? (1996) Pauline Chan, Fennie Yuen, Edmond Leung
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