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大丈夫日記 (1988)
The Diary of a Big Man

Reviewed by: JohnR
Date: 05/28/2005
Summary: Get it while it's still available.

If Chow Yun Fat wasn't so good in this, and wasn't having such a great time, I would label this a writer's movie. Fat, the character, falls into being married to two women at once. At first, it's simply a physical challenge trying to fulfill both wives' needs. Then it becomes a mental challenge, trying to keep each one from discovering they are married to the same man, especially after they meet each other! The writer appears to be setting a similar challenge for himself, thinking up situations and then getting CYF through them. And he does a great job. The movie is as clever as it is hilarious, though the end was kind of abrupt and anti-climatic. Very highly recommened. CYF is simply the best actor HK has produced (and that's saying a lot). And the ladies are beautiful!

Reviewed by: balstino
Date: 05/02/2003
Summary: Effortlessly funny, recommended.

Chow is at his comedic best in this girl juggling episode which covers every kind of situation a womaniser could get into. Joey and Sally are beautiful, and everyone seems to enjoy performing. A must see.

Reviewed by: bastardswordsman
Date: 01/24/2002

Chow Yun Fat stars as the luckiest man on the planet. Oh, very nice!

Reviewed by: Inner Strength
Date: 01/12/2002
Summary: Very good, very funny.

Another one of these typical 80's comedies, but one of the few that do quite stand out to me. If you like the 80's Hong Kong comedies, then this is a good one to see.

The story starts as Chow Yun Fat meets two women sepratly and starts seeing them, but he can’t decide which one to marry as he likes them both so much. So he ends up marrying both of them and leads a double life, having to leave both of his wives several times each night to see the other. This double life gets him into a lot of trouble as he can’t keep up with it all. He gets his friend (Waise Lee) to help him get out of these problems all the time, but one night things go wrong and both women find out the truth.

Note: This is one of the few movies where Waise Lee plays a good (and honest at that!) character rather than his usual gangster roles. Both Chow Yun Fat and Joey Wong come off the best here, as well as strong comedy performances by Teresa Mo, Waise Lee & Carrie Ng.

Rating: 4 (out of 5)

(This rating is based on the year & genre, so don't think it's based as a comparison on new releases etc.)

Reviewed by: ralphbrown
Date: 01/21/2000

A nice comedy with Chow Yun-Fat relying on his charm. Similar to Blake Edwards' "Micki & Maude" from 1984, the tale of a man who marries two women succeeds because Chow is much more sympathetic than Dudley Moore. The plot is absurd, but it has fine moments. A standout scene is a music video (the song written by Chow Yun-Fat himself, I think) that is priceless, though it simply interrupts the movie. There is an in-joke about Chow's own fame plus it's great to see Waise Lee in a comic role. Lee has been the villain in so many films, but he stands out as Chow's weary best friend who is having almost as tough a time as Chow in keeping the two women from discovering the truth. It's difficult to resolve such a story, but this film is still enjoyable. In the mid- to late-1980s Chow did a number of comedies, and many of them (e.g., "The Fun, The Luck, The Tycoon") simply bring a smile but few real, deep laughs. "Diary Of A Big Man" brings out the laughter. Recommended.

Reviewed by: hkcinema
Date: 12/21/1999

An amusing comedy starring CHOW YUN FAT as a two-timing polygamistand the disastrous effects his actions cause.

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