Papa Loves You
Hong Kong 2004
Directed by Herman Yau.

A month after releasing Herbal Tea, along comes another warm, fuzzy comedy from director Herman Yau, which even uses an alarmingly similar image -- star on a moped -- to advertise it. Happily, though, this effort is an improvement over the last. Tony Leung Ka-Fai once again plays dad to one of the Twins (this time, Charlene Choi instead of Gillian Cheung in SPY DAD). This time around his daughter is embarassed by him because he is such a geek, and she starts getting into trouble at school. Things quickly change, though, when he is mistaken for a gangster who once killed a hundred people before disappearing mysteriously. Soon, a group of geeky school boys are showing up at his door and begging him to be his sifu. Meanwhile, his daughter gets into worse and worse scrapes, and each time he is pulled deeper into his alternate gangster persona. Tony Leung has a certain special genius for comedy. He always commits himself completely to his character, and never once do you suspect he is clowning around for laughs (like Louis Koo does in his comedies). Even in the middle of a complete farce, he stays sincere. This is his movie all the way, and in another sign of a good actor, weaker actors around him, especially Charlene Choi, move up a notch in response and turn in fine performances.

Rating: Recommended (Recommended)

Posted by Peter Nepstad on October 27, 2004.

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