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  • R
  • 2006
  • 1 hr 25 min
  • 6.0  (808)

Diary is a 2006 Hong Kong romance-drama film directed by Oxide Pang Chun and features a talented cast, including Charlene Choi, Shawn Yue, and Isabella Leong. The story revolves around three teenagers, who are best friends - Gucci (Isabella Leong), Ah Man (Charlene Choi), and Ah Tien (Shawn Yue). They meet each other during summer vacation and form an inseparable bond. They spend their days exploring Hong Kong and attending concerts; everything seems perfect until Ah Tien is diagnosed with leukemia.

Their once idyllic and carefree lives are disrupted, and the three friends are forced to confront harsh realities. The diagnosis brings about challenges that test Gucci, Ah Man, and Ah Tien's friendship in ways they never thought possible. With Ah Tien's time running out, the three friends decide to fulfill one last promise - a trip to Hokkaido, Japan, which they'd always dreamed of taking.

The trio's journey allows them to make unforgettable memories, but sadness looms overhead with the knowledge of Ah Tien's illness. The film takes the audience through a series of emotions ranging from joy to heartbreak as the friends come to terms with their changing lives.

Charlene Choi's portrayal of Ah Man is captivating, and she brings a level of authenticity to her role, making her portrayal relatable to many young audiences. Shawn Yue's portrayal of Ah Tien is heart-wrenching. He gives the character an innocence and likability that draws the audience in and makes you care about his fate. Meanwhile, Isabella Leong's portrayal of Gucci gives the character a level of strength and dignity that is both admirable and heartbreaking.

Diary has a beautifully built storyline that resonates with viewers till date. The story captures the sincere love and bond shared by these adolescents - a love that transcends all boundaries, and a bond that will never be broken, even in the face of life-altering events. Oxide Pang Chun's direction and storytelling help elevate the movie and make it a cinematic masterpiece.

The film is also known for its amazing soundtrack, which features songs from famous Asian singers, such as Faye Wong, Chang Chen-yue, and Joey Yung. The soundtrack adds to the emotional impact of the film, making it a complete package.

Diary was a commercial success in Hong Kong, grossing over HK$4.4 million during its run in theaters. The film also received numerous nominations and awards, including the Best Screenplay Award at the 2007 Hong Kong Film Awards. The film's critical and commercial success continues to inspire other Hong Kong and Asian cinema to this date.

In conclusion, Diary is a beautifully crafted movie that captures the innocence and naivety of young love in the context of illness and loss. The friendship between the three protagonists is genuinely heartwarming, and their journey together is nothing short of magical. The film's soundtrack and direction combine to elevate it to cinematic brilliance. Whether you are a fan of romance, drama, or just a good story, there is something for everyone in Diary. It is truly a must-watch for movie enthusiasts.

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    1 hr 25 min
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    6.0  (808)