Before making the acclaimed Rouge
with the late Anita Mui and Leslie Cheung, Stanley Kwan directed his second feature film, Love Unto Wastes
in 1986. Though less popular than Rouge
, the film is loved by Hong Kong Cinema fans, and stars stars Chow Yun Fat, Tony Leung Chiu Wai, Elaine Jin, Tsai Chin, and Irene Wan. While the actors were quite green when making Love Unto Wastes
, all of them enjoyed much greater fame later in their careers, especially Chow and Leung who are now famous worldwide. As for the three leading actresses, Elaine Jin has made a name in Taiwanese cinema, like Edward Yang's Yi Yi
, whereas Tsai Chin is now an acclaimed singer. Irene Wan found much popularity in TVB dramas in the 1990s. William Chang, who later created the beautiful settings for many Wong Kar Wai movies, served as the art director for Love Unto Wastes
Two Taiwanese girls, Jade (Elaine Jin) and Suk-ling (Tsai Chin) come to Hong Kong and befriend Hong Kong model Billie (Irene Wan). All of them share the same quest for fame. They come across a handsome young man Jean Cheung (Tony Leung) and he immediately falls for the gorgeous Billie. After celebrating Jade's birthday, Suk-ling is murdered on her way home. Sergeant Lan (Chow Yun Fat), a lonely divorcee, starts to investigate the case and gets to know these three young people. The love triangle among Jade, Billie, and Jean marks Love Unto Wastes as a romance, but the unresolved murder case enriches the film with a mysterious dimension, making it a title worth revisiting 20 years after its making.