Attractive One, The
Hong Kong 2004
Directed by Matt Chow.


These cookie cutter romances deserve a cookie cutter response. Perhaps I should review them using a standard template. Writer/Director Matt Chow shovels up more of the same for a tired, bored audience.

Couple: Lau Ching Wan and Joey Yung. Chapman To and Yumiko Cheng are the supporting couple.

Unique, but cute, Job: She's a pet stylist.

Conflict: His mom is pushing him to get married. She is still in love with her High School sweetheart.

She's not Perfect Because: She occasionally grows a mustache.

Improbable Fantasy Element: You can hear Love. Oh, and it can make you float a bit off the ground.

Which Twin?: Charlene Choi, in a supporting role as a "Love Taxi" driver.

Crumb Quotient*: Very low, no piggy back rides, but two "carrying the bride over the threshold" type of carries. (* Named after underground comic artist R. Crumb, who has an unhealthy fixation with women and piggy-back rides.)

Eating Pineapple*: Chapman To makes art out of garbage, believes that he must kill himself to make his art valuable. (* Named after the behaviour of Takeshi Kaneshiro's character in CHUNGKING EXPRESS, who idiotically decides he must keep eating canned pineapple that expires on May 1 to remember his lost love.)

Any Romance?: No. Chemistry is OK, but not even a single kiss. Barely any touching. One hug. That's it.

How this Movie could have been Saved: One word: Ninja. Lots of them.

Rating: Not Recommended (Not Recommended)

Posted by Peter Nepstad on February 13, 2005.


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