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我家有一隻河東獅 (2002)
The Lion Roars

Reviewed by: GunSharp
Date: 06/02/2003
Summary: Watch 1st half

The first half of the movie was very entertaining and humorous. It introduces the 2 opposites to each other and the way they attract, or the way she attracts to him, is incredibly funny. The second half of the movie gets sorta depressing and I didn't like it as much.

Reviewed by: Souxie
Date: 03/03/2003
Summary: very good!

I really enjoyed this movie. There were maybe one or two times when the goofing and mugging tried to carry on too long, but the rest of the movie certainly hit the spot. It doesn't matter that the plot is flimsy (if you can find it), that the stars spend more time mugging and overacting than anything else; this is a comedy from start to finish, and forget the five minutes of angst and conflict at the end (it's all worked out anyway, of course).
Very funny, good set pieces, good characters well filmed and well directed. I especially liked the moment when "Seasonal" Chan offers "Moth" Liu his half of their brick… magic.
Both leads were fantastic (is Koo Tin-Lok always that colour? He looked the same in Fat Choi Spirit too) and couldn't be faulted. If you want a comedy for a Friday night, this is it.

Reviewer Score: 9

Reviewed by: shuqifan
Date: 01/29/2003
Summary: This Movie Was Hilarious! Definitely Recommended!

I found this movie very well directed and written. It's one of the best romantic Chinese comedies that I've seen so far. After picking up this VCD renting as a whim, I was pleasantly surprised that it was so refreshing as compared to a few other movies (Needing You) that I've seen.

The main characters are quite charismatic, and you enjoy watching their antics together in their relationship. There's some off the wall humour indeed, but it all comes together nicely.

Rent or buy this one - it's definitely a classic in my books!


Reviewer Score: 10

Reviewed by: danton
Date: 12/27/2002

very enjoyable comedy with great production values and pleasant performances by the two immensly likable stars: Both Cecilia and Louis seem to be enjoying themselves in this film, they have wonderful chemistry, and a halfway decent script to work with. The storyline alternates between goofy comedy, some fairly well executed action setpieces, and lots of sentimentality, but manages to find the right mix between all these different elements without ever losing focus or getting side-tracked too much. Most of the story is quite predictable, but presented at a brisk enough pace to never wear out its welcome, and the twist in the last third adds a needed element of dramatic tension.

The choice of Cecilia as a man-beating shrew who falls in love with mild-mannered poet Louis seems a bit stretched, given the poor girl's blatant anorexia (she looks like any gust of wind might blow her off screen), but she still has her charm, and turns a character who is initially little more than a shallow parody into a very likable heroine.

The only annoying element was the overly sentimental soundtrack (which includes one song sung by Cecilia).

I'd recommend this one.