Reviewed by: fancynancy
Summary: a little silly, but watchable
i love sammi. i love leon. i love sammi and leon together.
it was a sweet, funny movie, a little dumb at times, but so very charming...
leon can do very well at acting gay...deary me, is that a good thing???
i especially liked the part where they finally get together, and they splash through ponds...yeah, corny but ever so sweet! and the innocent gravitation of hands towards each other....
sammi is awesome (bit too much make up tho?) and leon is so darn cute. sammi's songs are really good, two of my favourites, really.
reccommended for fans, if you're not a fan, you may not get it...
Reviewed by: shelly
Hong Kong takes another whack at Hollywood's "The Bodyguard", butwith much more satisfying results than the 1994 Jet Li vehicle. Leon Lai Ming, village chief and bored rural cop, lands his first urban assignment. He thinks he'll be protecting Tung Chee-Hwa, but in fact he must go undercover, as bodyguard for up-and-coming HK Cantopop sensation Cinderella (Sammi Cheng Sau-man). The twist: he has to pretend to be gay, to fit into Sammi's all-gay male entourage. Sammi must deal with the rigours of the HK entertainment world (here spoofed in a goofily satirical vein), complete with a hostile rival singer and a psychotic fan. Around the standard plot elements of Leon and Sammi's awkwardly blossoming love affair, and the crazed fan's increasingly threatening behaviour, director and writer Lee Lik-chi has built a surprisingly fresh, disarming, and funny film. He patiently, wickedly deconstructs every element of the genre. Leon Lai manages almost completely to overcome the burden of his pop-idol persona. His acting captures a certain naturalism and relaxed confidence that he only sporadically managed to achieve in "Comrades Almost a Love Story". Cheng is the real star of this film. With this sensational performance, she realizes the promise that she hinted at in her two "Feel 100%" movies. Without any visible acting "technique", she harnesses a magnetic energy (though more under control than Anita Yuen's) and loads it with fascinating character detail and a seemingly spontaneous line delivery that stands up under relatively long takes. In the world of new HK female screen stars, she's a dynamic "hot" to Carman Lee's elegant "cool", jazzy effortlessness to Karen Mok's prodigious technique, offhand glamour to Gigi Leung's plastic cuteness.