"Lost for Words" is an unlikely romance set in Hong Kong between an American on an information-technology assignment and a Chinese ballerina newly arrived to join a dance company. Michael (Sean Faris of "Never Back Down") is an ex-Marine who is emotionally preoccupied because of a separation. The virginal Anna (Grace Huang of "The Man With the Iron Fists") is the product of a strict Catholic upbringing.
Even in this megalopolis, the two manage to cross paths three times before their formal introduction. Out of necessity, they become each other's conversation partners, to practice Mandarin and English respectively. What ensues is an old-fashioned courtship rarely seen in popular entertainment nowadays.
It's curious that the only conflict mined from this bicultural relationship is strictly linguistic. Even Anna's concern that her grandfather (Lau Sui-ming) — who fought against Americans in the
"Lost for Words." MPAA rating: None. Running time: 1 hour, 47 minutes. At Laemmle's NoHo 7, North Hollywood; AMC Atlantic