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終身大事 (1995)
Once in a Life-Time

Reviewed by: STSH
Date: 01/02/2000
Summary: Requires patience

Disappointing for several reasons.
Yuen King Tan plays one of her few major roles, but plays her character more or less straight, which is a sad waste of a great comic talent. The story is very slow to gel, and the comedy even more so. Very little humour at all in the first hour, and only in the last forty minutes does the pace become wacky enough to be truly be called farce, though the idea of a wedding and funeral at the same time is clearly meant to be farcical. It's weird rather than funny, and tries to be wacky is a straight-faced way, but the pace is too leisurely and it mostly falls flat. Traces of black comedy mostly don't help either. Much of the time, Lau Ching Wan wanders around as if he's still playing in C'est_La_Vie,_Mon_Cheri.
Despite the fairly strong cast, the production values are very low, and the look of the film is grainy and cheap. Also, seems to have a lot in common with Day_That_Doesn't_Exist - same grainy look, same production team and key actors. Is there a connection ? Overall : I can only recommend this if you have lots of patience.

Reviewer Score: 3

Reviewed by: shelly
Date: 12/09/1999

A wacky farce with a heart: Lau Ching-Wan plays a man forced toattend a wedding (his, sort of) and a funeral (his mother's) simultaneously. Despite the usual set pieces involving disguises, confused identities, and secrets, this movie actually gets better, funnier, and sweeter as it progresses. Nice romantic subplot showing off the comic talents of Yuen King-Tan.

Reviewed by: hkcinema
Date: 12/08/1999

This is a fairly good situation comedy if somewhat slow at beginning. The ensemble cast effortlessly conjured a lively and warm atmosphere which befitting the two biggest events for Chinese people (marriage and funeral). The film manages to inject some delicate and mature satire on customs and superstitions which still have a strong hold on modern HK society (including its film industry).


[Reviewed by Christopher Fu]

Reviewed by: spinali
Date: 12/08/1999
Summary: NULL

Lau Ching-Wan has been secretly in love with comely Vivian Chan ever since a childhood math class, so when she needs a paper marriage to satisfy the wishes of her sick mother, he's a pushover. This doesn't sit too well with her naturalist boyfriend, who seems to like cockroaches more than her. And now the omens are against them: the day they've chosen for marriage is the very same one that Lau's strict aunt demands for his mother's funeral. So, the comedy goes back and forth between the two venues, gathering fewer laughs than it should.


[Reviewed by Steve Spinali]

Reviewer Score: 5