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2006-04-25 13:49:20      Associated Press
The Korean-language "Daisy" is Hong Kong director Andrew Lau's ambitious story of a complex, surreal love triangle.

Director: Andrew Lau
Starring: Jeon Ji Hyun, JUNG Woo Sung
Opening Date: April 30

The Korean-language "Daisy" is Hong Kong director Andrew Lau's ambitious story of a complex, surreal love triangle -- so ambitious that Lau fails to come up with a satisfying ending.

The film doesn't get off to a promising start. Jeon Ji-hyun is Hye-young, a 25-year-old South Korean woman living in Amsterdam with her antique dealer grandfather. She leads a simple life, working for her grandfather and painting portraits in a town square.

The lonely Hye-young is courted by a secret admirer who leaves daisies at her doorstep of her grandfather's store. One day fellow Korean Jeong Woo (Lee Sung-jae) shows up for a portrait with a pot of daisies.

Hye-young plunges into love, carefully wiping a smudge off her new lover's face and telling him, "I can paint your face from memory." It's sugarcoated acting that reeks of contrived romance.

Except Jeong Woo, a police officer, isn't the secret admirer. It's another fellow Korean, Park Yi (Jung Woo-sung), a contract killer.

But Hye-young's bubble is burst when Jeong Woo is injured in a shoot-out and returns to South Korea. At this point Park Yi surfaces to console a devastated Hye-young but doesn't reveal his true identity, simply serving as a loyal and caring friend.

Hye-young is in love with a hardworking policeman who cheats her of her feelings, whereas the man who should be her true love is a ruthless assassin with a sensitive side.

It's an extremely far-fetched story, but it makes for a thought-provoking web of feelings and relationships.

It will be screened across China from 30th April.

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