Reviewed by: danton
Romantic ghost comedy pairing Tony Leung Chiu Wai and Joey Wong - guess which one plays the ghost...
Unfortunately, this movie is not about Ming dynasty ghosts in flowing robes, but is set in modern day HK, where Little Tony plays a hapless comic strip artist who bumps into Joey playing as usual a ghost in distress. After the initial reluctance, romance blooms, and pretty soon Tony has a string of good fortune that sees him making phenomenal career advancements as well as raise the suspicions of a Taoist neighbor. There's a funny ACGS spoof, and Tony and Joey have nice chemistry, but other than that the comedy is pretty labored and I found very little here to hold my attention. I can barely even remember the details of the plot. Recommended only for die-hard Joey Wong fans.
Reviewed by: STSH
Summary: So-so ghost-human romance
Joey achieved fame by playing this role many time, with varying degrees of success. In this one, she's only so-so, and so is the story. She again teams up with Tong Leung CW (as she did in CGS III), and there's about the same chemistry as before (very little).
Reviewer Score: 6
However, Joey looks great (though she's not on screen long enough), Tony Leung does a better than usual job with the comedic lead part, and it's always a pleasure to see great actors like Paul Chun and Tin Fung in support roles.
Overall - it's okay, but don't expect too much.
Cartoonist Stupid Shing's (Leung Chiu-Wai) luck, never good, is getting worse. His girlfriend dumps him, his boss ("Lemon Head") takes him for granted, and his comics just don't have that certain something. Then he creates a ghost character who comes to life (so to speak) as Ching (the luscious Joey Wong, doing her usual sweet and playful ghost bit). Shing proves just how stupid he is, by both rejecting Ching's advances, then trying to exorcise her from his house (I can't imagine many blokes wanting to escape the clutches of one of Asia's great honeys). But, despite his best efforts, they become a romantic couple, and everything looks fine........ but ....... his neighbour, a nutty old taoist (played by a very well-known bit part actor, often doing this sort of role, not Lam Ching Ying) warns that is Shing's luck improves, Ching will fade away. Shing scoffs but, as the comic becomes more successful, so does he, and the prediction comes true. How will he get her back ? Will he keep her if he does ? Much is pinched from Wong's persona in Chinese_Ghost_Story, but she's on screen far too little for my liking. The essential elements of wuxia are all here, but it takes more than just the ingredients to make a great dish. The result is, at best, mildly entertaining.