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ź׶Q (2004)
The Attractive One

Reviewed by: j.crawford
Date: 05/01/2006
Summary: sly comedy....

Joe Ma Wai-Ho produces sly, funny romantic comedy directed by Matt Chow Hoi-Kwong. Lau Ching Wan stars as a gruff and grubby restaurant owner named Hugo, as in “Boss Hugo” or “Hugo Boss”. That’s the level of the innocent, dumb humor on display. Lau’s work here ranks among his best comedic performances.

Co-starring the seemingly ever-present Chapman To Man-Chat, director Chow seems especially sympathetic to his character and his relationships with his boss Hugo and the girl he dreams about, played by Yumiko Cheng Hei-Yi. Production design and art direction are outstanding. Cinematography by veteran Ko Chiu-Lam is superb; his use of color is spectacular.

Reviewer Score: 8

Reviewed by: bkasten
Date: 04/03/2005
Summary: Lightweight, but not throwaway

For fans of Matt Chow and Lau Ching Wan movies, this one seems, in comparison, a bit hastily put together (which in itself says a lot). At times one wonders whether there should have maybe been another take, or the make-up people were off that day...or maybe the approach was deliberate? Or maybe the film was really low budget? It certainly seem to have an amateurish or experimental edge to it.

Moving past the unusual cinematography, the rather simple, yet somehwhat touching, script served as an adequate vehicle for enjoying some pretty solid performances from Lau, Joey and Yumiko. But, without a doubt, Chapman To stole this one rather handily. He was really suited for his part, and was memorably hilarious at times.

Seeing Joey for the reviewer's first time was also enjoyable. She is really an adorable actor. We even get to hear her make an attempt at not being able to sing well--and, well, she fails: she has an incredible voice.

Sure, it's lightweight, but certainly not throw-away. Give it a go, just to see the Chapman performance.

Reviewer Score: 6