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oP (2001)
The Losers' Club

Reviewed by: dandan
Date: 06/30/2006
Summary: this could have been so good...

eric tsang is nam, a washed up tv producer who teams up with kenny, francis ng, a washed up, failed singer. in an attempt to ressurect both of their careers, they manufacture some rather fruity behaviour that propells kenny back into the spotlight and gives nam the power to demand control of the station's new year's eve broadcast, as only he can guarentee kenny's appearence.

tsang and ng are both on form, but the extremely convoluted nature of the narrative does as much as it can to ruin an excellent premise. still, tsang and ng contribute enough to make it watchable, whilst ruby wong and maggie shaw do well in supporting roles. this really had the potential to be a very funny film, but it's just a big mess...

Reviewed by: Chinoco
Date: 03/08/2006
Summary: Pleasantly Surprised

I think this one is a little bit better than some of the other reviews would indicate! I will first off admit that I am a little bit biased, due to Eric Tsang and Francis Ng being two of my all time favorite HK actors.

Eric plays a director for a television station who has clearly had better days. Not only that, but for some reason most of the station seems to have it out for him. The person giving him the most trouble is his ultra-tough female program director. Given a deadline to improve his ratings or lose his job; he stumbles upon Francis Ng portraying a washed up, possibly mental ex-pop icon. Tsang makes a last ditch all or nothing move by first forcing Ng on his station, and then hoping he can make a star out of him. Will he regain his former status as one of Hong Kong's premier directors? Will Ng get his fame (and sanity) back?

For some reason, this one had me glued to the set to find out what would happen. One of the things I liked about it was witnessing the behind the scenes politics that go on at TV stations. The middle of the film (and the end, to a lesser degree) does lag a little. That is the reason why I can not say this is a very good or great film. I was however very impressed by the acting of Tsang and Ng. They worked very well together, and came across to me, anyway, as very original characters. If you are a fan of these two actors, give it a shot.

Reviewer Score: 6

Reviewed by: snookie_1
Date: 03/30/2002
Summary: boring...

this is.....not an enjoyable movie...not for me at least...talks about a washed up wannabe director(eric tasng) and an equally washed up wannabe singer(francis ng)...ruby wong with eric tsang is not the least bit convincing...not much character development...the jokes weren't good...only redeeming point is the talents of francis ng, he did manage to salvage his character and make kenny(his character) likeable...2.5/10

Reviewer Score: 2

Reviewed by: reelcool
Date: 03/01/2002
Summary: Yup a Real Loser

This is all about how half-ass a film can be if it's made by the seat of the pants. They probably shot this movie in two weeks (including writing the script), and didn't sleep during the whole shoot. This explains why the film has a confusing story, poor cinematography, hopeless acting (especially by Francis Ng), and even bad editing. On the bright side, some of the jokes work, but not nearly enough. I figure the people who made this movie got a chance to catch up on their sleep during the screening of this movie.

Reviewed by: Inner Strength
Date: 02/07/2002
Summary: Suprising

Well, first of all I always had no intention of watching this, because I knew Eric Tsang would probably mess it up. Well, I managed to get a copy on VCD recently and was pleasently suprised that is actually was quite funny. It is a stupid story though and some of it gets boring, but a lot of the jokes are good.

Nice one Eric, looks like you still have a chance to look good on screen.

Rating: 2.5/5

Reviewed by: tarantino
Date: 01/22/2002
Summary: patrick yau: welcome to the loser's club!

The awaited comeback of the brilliant director of the trilogy odd one dies/longest nite/expect the unexpected is a disaster. The movie tells how a has been producer and a has been singer team to come back together at the top.
The screenplay and the dialogues are the ones of a bad sitcom about offices of TV channels, gags don't make laugh: This is definitely not Ally Mc Beal!
The clothes are horrible too (Francis Ng dressed with bad imitation of fur and 60's big sunglasses, singing in a german officer uniform). The filming is really bad: his thrillers had a big visual inventivity, here Patrick Yau abuses usellessly of fast motion and advert-like effects.
All the actors are playing bad except Eric Tsang who is as usual excellent.
Maybe his milkyway movies were not only his achievements but the achievement of a whole team: the visual inventivity of Patrick Yau, the talent of Johnnie To as a manager, the screenplays of Yau Nai Hoi and Wai Kai Fai, the musics of Raymond Wong.