China's Next Top Princess
Hong Kong 2006
Directed by Steve Cheng.

The title promised a sort of parody of the "Next Top Model"-type reality TV shows, a thin subject for parody as the reality shows themselves are already parodies of themselves. It doesn't matter, anyway, as the movie itself is totally without humor. Even the tried-and-true comedy of "virgin testing" somehow falls flat, as the non-virgin girls are dragged off to be cruelly executed. Attempts at humor finally just fizzle out altogether as the girls get more an more vicious in eliminating one another from the competition. Intended as a star vehicle for the pop girl band "2R" (Race Wong and Rosanne Wong), only this vehicle has taken that last curve too quickly and ended up upside-down in a ditch with acting careers going up in smoke. A terrible film without a single redeeming quality.

Rating: Not Recommended (Not Recommended)

Posted by Peter Nepstad on October 10, 2006.

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