My Lucky Star
Hong Kong 2003
Directed by Vincent Kok.

Miriam Yeung is the unluckiest girl in the world, Tony Leung is a wealthy Feng Shui expert to the stars. When they meet, disaster follows, and inevitably, love. There's a plot, too, about scheming heiresses and family inheritance, and a hundred year old curse; but so what. This is a Lunar New Year's film, which means the emphasis is just on spending some feel-good time in the theater with some pleasant, attractive people and waiting for the happy ending. MY LUCKY STAR works the formula with success. Tony Leung is convincingly suave and compassionate, and even Miriam Yeung manages to be charming for once, as someone who never has had anything go right in her life, ever, but can still maintain a positive attitude. Up and coming comedian Ronald Cheng is the opposing Feng Shui master in his first major film role. He's awful, like a second-rate Dayo Wong, without a doubt trying to mine the same territory as Wong and Stephen Chiao before him, with much less success. I clench my teeth in anticipation of his further scene chewing in upcoming films.

Rating: Marginally Recommended (Marginally Recommended)

Posted by Peter Nepstad on November 14, 2004.

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