Se qing nan nu (Viva Erotica) (1997)





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Following up on his acclaimed work Full Throttle, Derek Yee Tung-sing made the unusual move of not only collaborating with movie industry unknown Law Chi-leung, but also to make category III sex comedy. After a string of commercial flops, art house director Sing (Leslie Cheung) resorts to making a softcore film called Viva Erotica in order to pay the bills. His gangster producer, Chung (Law Kar-ying), insists that Sing cast his beautiful, though talentless, girlfriend Mango (Shu Qi) in the lead role. As Sing wrestles with his desire to make this film something more than a cheap porn flick, he also wrestles with his desire for Miss Mango. Meanwhile, Sing's girlfriend, May (Karen Mok), is having a fit over her boyfriend's new project and his sudden lack of passion at home. ~ Jonathan Crow, Rovi
Art House & International , Comedy , Drama
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Ching Wan Lau
as Derek Yee
Qi Shu
as Mango
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Critic Reviews for Se qing nan nu (Viva Erotica)

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At times, Viva Erotica seems precisely like the soft-core sex flicks it's trying to skewer, but overall it's not a bad little import.

Full Review… | August 7, 2002

Audience Reviews for Se qing nan nu (Viva Erotica)


Director's self-confession about his career & some sarcastic, in-jokes about how the industry runs. The first 2/3 is so catchy & funny, owing much to the amusing performance by Shu Qi & Law Kar-Ying. The last 1/3 is getting so tiring, loose & sloppy however.


This movie is for those who want to make your own movie of course, and all men and women who never cease to dream. To meet movies like this, Tsui Hark's Shanghai Blues, and Stephen Chow's King of Comedy is the reason I cannot stop watching Hong Kong films. As you can see how many movies that one tiny city produces every year, there are a lot of people who are really enthusiastic about filmmaking in Hong Kong. Top directors, at certain point, make their own autobiographical films, and for Tung-Shing Yee, Viva Erotica is the one. This movie is not perfect, but has energy and passion that can cover all the weakness. Moreover, this movie is full of sense of wonder, and it is the very thing we expect for movies. Being the biggest star of Hong Kong and still doing this kind of role at the same time, Leslie Cheung, I'd say, deserves to be seen as the icon - it was too early for him to finish his life on his own. Karen Mok is cute as usual, but of course, who shines in the film most is Shu Qi. She is the only one who can do this role. I don't see anyone else who can do it. She already succeeds in building up her position in film business here, and thus, she is such a rare talent.

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