Love Under Capitalism in Comrades, Almost a Love Story 

Peter Chan, in an interview with the South China Morning Post

In between these chapters of longing and longing denied, we glimpse into longing fulfilled—or, at least, quenched. The great first kiss between the adulterous Lai and the wanting Lee is one of the sexiest ever put on film. Like many great kiss scenes, it’s not the luridness or sumptuousness of the kiss itself that makes it magical but rather the rapid tug-and-pull of the courtship that creates the intimate scene: buttoning up of jackets, slow close-ups on hands, lips that draw each other like magnets. As great as this moment is, their relationship, knowingly doomed from the start, never matches the spark of the first fling.

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