In 1964, a freak typhoon strands two people on an island near Hong Kong, and a lack of available lodgings puts them in an empty house together overnight. Yau-Shing (Tony Leung Ka Fai) is a married businessman whose wife isn't very passionate, and Wai-Sum (Anita Yuen) is a modern young woman two weeks from her wedding. One thing leads to another, and the two hapless travelers end up in bed together. The next morning, as Yau-Shing attempts to sneak out quietly, the first of many Three's Company-style scenarios sparks off a thirty year relationship that sees the two lovers returning to the same room the same time every year. Thankfully, we don't see every reunion, but skip ahead several years each time, leading us up to 1994, when I Will Wait For You! was made.
Directed by Clifton Ko (credited here as Chi-Sum Ko), I Will Wait For You! is a romantic comedy short on both aspects of its genre. It neither tugs at the heart or strikes the funny bone. Both Leung and Yuen are likable enough, but the monkey wrenches that get thrown into their ongoing affair year after year get more and more tedious. There is the time a robber does pratfalls all over the apartment without the couple noticing, or when Wai-Sum shows up pregnant and, of course, goes into labor. Once Yau-Shing slips on some turkey guts and ends up with his head inside the dead bird, the audience is made fully aware that they too are in the dirty bowels of a turkey of a movie.
As a result of all this nonsense, by the time the relationship reaches its climax, I wasn't rooting for the pair to finally make their love official because I cared about them; rather, I wanted their union to happen so the movie would finally end. I Will Wait For You! should be kept waiting, passing into old age on the video shelf, untouched.