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‘Lost for Words’: Humdrum love in Hong Kong

Sean Faris Grace Huang 'Lost for Words.'

Sean Faris and Grace Huang in "Lost for Words."

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Anna Grace Huang

Michael Sean Faris

The Atlantis Group presents a film directed by Stanley J. Orzel and written by Orzel and C. Joseph Bendy. In
English, Cantonese, Mandarin and French, with English subtitles. Running time: 107 minutes. No MPAA rating (contains negligible adult sexuality and police brutality). Opens Friday at AMC South Barrington 30.

Updated: November 26, 2013 6:06AM

Two new arrivals in Hong Kong — a ballet dancer and an IT security hire — eventually fall into uneventful love in “Lost for Words.” Anna (Grace Huang), the granddaughter of a war vet sporting an eyepatch, comes from a village in southern China. Michael (Sean Faris) is a third-generation U.S. Marine who completed two tours in Afghanistan on intel missions.

Anna and Michael teach each other new words in their first tongues. But their first kiss only comes at the 72nd minute. At the 96th they are forcibly split up: she is under house arrest and he is deported. This explains why we saw Michael behind bars in the opening scene, followed by the title “Six months earlier ...”

“Lost for Words” is directed with little originality by Stanley J. Orzel. His credits include last year’s “Four Assassins” and DVD extras for Jet Li and Yimou Zhang. Although no angels, drones, eagles or hang-gliders figure in the plot, there are 17 aerial interludes in between terrestrial lines like “Do you know what dim sum is?” and “I have contacts; I know things.”

C. Joseph Bendy co-wrote the script with Orzel. Without unveiling his last-minute deus ex machina, I notice that Bendy is a St. Ignatius College Prep grad who later worked at Mount Mary College in Milwaukee. The last word on “Lost for Words”: There are catacombs for those who celebrate mass in China.

Bill Stamets is a Chicago freelance writer.

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