A Moment of Romance

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A Moment of Romance
Poster of A Moment of Romance
Traditional 天若有情
Simplified 天若有情
Mandarin Tiān Ruò Yǒu Qíng
Cantonese Tin1 Jeok6 Jau5 Cing4
Directed by Benny Chan
Produced by Johnnie To
Written by James Yuen
Starring Andy Lau
Jacklyn Wu
Ng Man-tat
Music by Lo Tayu
Fabio Carli
Cinematography Joe Chan
Horace Wong
Patrick Jim
Edited by Wong Ming-kong
Movie Impact
Paka Hill Film Production
Distributed by Newport Entertainment
Release date
  • 14 June 1990 (1990-06-14)
Running time
88 minutes
Country Hong Kong
Language Cantonese
Box office HK$12,899,353

A Moment of Romance (Chinese: 天若有情) is a 1990 Hong Kong action romance film directed by Benny Chan, produced by Johnnie To, and starring Andy Lau, Jacklyn Wu and Ng Man-tat. For his performance in the film, Ng was awarded Best Supporting Actor at the 10th Hong Kong Film Awards.[1]

A Moment of Romance tells an action-packed love story between an underworld rag and a rich heiress and is considered a major classic of Hong Kong cinema. Because of the film, Andy Lau was nicknamed "Wah Dee" (華Dee), the character he portrays in the film, while the film is also one of Lau's representative works.


Wah Dee (Andy Lau), a young triad gangster, is the getaway driver in a jewelry store robbery. When the raid goes wrong, he takes a young woman named Jo Jo (Jacklyn Wu) hostage. The head of Wah Dee's gang, Trumpet, demands that she be killed, but Wah Dee resists and saves her. While Wah Dee tries to act coldly towards JoJo, she expresses gratitude and affection towards him, who, on the other hand, also starts to fall in love with her. Returning with him from a trip to visit Wah Dee in Macau, where he lives with his grandfather,she is forced to move to Canada with her parents. Promising to come with them, she insists on meeting him for the last time. A letter expressing her 'no-regret' love for him is left in his apartment after she has taken care of Wah Dee - who is drunk - and his flat as well. Trumpet organizes a meeting to announce his dominance over the gang that Wah Dee is also a part of after the death of their leader. A fight broke out, Brother Seven - one senior member - is killed by Trumpet and his partners. Wah Dee escapes with the help of Rumbo, a friend of his, yet he is hit from behind by Trumpet with a metal gas tank, causing him nosebleed and shock. He then decides to come to JoJo's house and picks her up while she is on the verge of leaving. They arrive at a church to organize their own wedding with outfits stolen from a boutique. While JoJo is praying, Wah Dee secretly leaves. He then follows Trumpet as well as two others out of a sauna with a knife, attempting to kill him. With the help of Rumbo, Trumpet and one of his mates is killed yet Rumbo and Wah Dee also dies on the street. Meanwhile, JoJo is seen running on the highway in the wedding dress looking for Wah Dee.


  • Andy Lau as Wah Dee
  • Jacklyn Wu as Jo Jo Huen
  • Ng Man-tat as Rambo
  • Wong Kwong-leung as Trumpet
  • Chu Tit-wo as Brother Seven
  • Lam Chung as Superintendent John Chan
  • Sandra Lang as Wah Dee's foster mother
  • Lau Kong as Inspector Kong
  • Yuen Bun as Sing
  • Leung San as Shirley
  • Ng Wui as Wah Dee's grandfather

[2] [3]


  • Presenter: Wallace Chung
  • Planning: Ringo Lam, Wong Jing, Ise Cheng
  • Action Director: Yuen Bun
  • Car Stunts: Bruce Law, Joe Chu
  • Art Director: Ringo Chueng
  • Costume Designer: Lee Yuk-shing, Yam Kam-jan
  • Assistant Director: Chu Yat-hung, Law Sai-kuen, Bosco Lam
  • Makeup: Wong Lai-kuen
  • Hair Stylist: Chan Tat-ming



Theme song[edit]

  • If the World Had Romance (天若有情) (Cantonese) / No Regrets of Youth (青春無悔) (Mandarin)
    • Composer: Lo Tayu
    • Lyricist: Lee Kin-tat (Cantonese), Lo Tayu (Mandarin)
    • Singer: Shirley Yuen (袁鳳瑛)

Insert theme[edit]

  • Gray Track (灰色軌跡) (Cantonese) / Dark Space (漆黑的空間) (Mandarin)
    • Composer: Wong Ka Kui
    • Lyricist: Gene Lau
    • Singer: Wong Ka Kui
  • Never Regretted (未曾後悔) (Cantonese) / Short Term Gentleness (短暫的溫柔) (Mandarin)
  • Regardless If It's Wrong (是錯也再不分)(Cantonese) / No Need to Understand So Much (不需要太懂) (Mandarin)
    • Composer: Wong Ka Kui
    • Lyricist: Paul Wong (Cantonese), Mike Lau (Mandarin)
    • Singer: Wong Ka Keung

Awards and nominations[edit]

Awards and nominations
Ceremony Category Recipient Outcome
10th Hong Kong Film Awards Best Supporting Actor Ng Man-tat Won
Best New Performer Jacklyn Wu Nominated
Best Original Film Score Lo Tayu, Fabio Carli Nominated
Best Original Film Song Song: If the World Had Romance (天若有情)

Composer: Lo Tayu
Lyricist: Lee Kin-tat
Singer: Shirley Yuen



A second installment, A Moment of Romance II, was released in 1993 featuring a new storyline but similar themes. Benny Chan and Jacklyn Wu return as director and lead actress respectively, while Andy Lau does not return as the lead actor, with Aaron Kwok leading the film instead. A third and final installment, A Moment of Romance III, was released in 1996 with Johnnie To, producer of the first two films, taking the helm as director and Lau returning as lead actor alongside lead actress Wu.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ (in Chinese) HK Film Awards 10th Hong Kong Film Awards winners and nominaees Retrieved 2011-06-08
  2. ^ "A Moment of Romance". imdb.com. Retrieved 30 July 2010. 
  3. ^ "A Moment of Romance". chinesemov.com. Retrieved 30 July 2010. 
  4. ^ A Moment of Romance at the Hong Kong Movie DataBase

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