My Troublesome Buddy
Hong Kong 2003
Directed by Yip Wai Ying.

Somehow I knew that if I just watched enough of these low-budget, digital video productions, that I would finally uncover the gem in the rough. Well, MY TROUBLESOME BUDDY might not be exactly a gem, but it certainly is a nice shiny rock. It's the story of the smooth talking, free living Patrick Tam, who manages to estrange all of his coworkers, and even his best friend (Wayne Lai), whose wedding to Pinky Cheung is placed in jeopardy thanks to his rude antics. Patrick Tam's true heart appears, in the form of Lam Suet (explaining he may look good on the outside, but his heart is beatup and ugly), and tells him he has seven days to reform his ways or die. I found myself drawn into the story, especially when Tam meets another friendless soul, Loletta Lee, and they attend a class to learn their Emotional Quotient (EQ), with a who's who of character actors. Shot on the cheap, but with good acting talent and for once, a script that doesn't completely suck. It does start to lag in the third act, and the music (by Brother Hung) is repetitive and annoying. Still, MY TROUBLESOME BUDDY is better than a Miriam Yeung film and will delight viewers looking for signs of intelligent life in the lower rungs of Hong Kong cinema's economic ladder. I had almost given up hope.

Rating: Marginally Recommended (Marginally Recommended)

Posted by Peter Nepstad on August 18, 2004.

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