Hot Summer Days (2010)



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This Cantonese-language ensemble drama from directors Tony Chan and Shya Wing transpires during the hottest summer in Hong Kong history, where numerous stories magically intersect. While a young female factory worker asks her romantic suitor to stand outside in the blazing heat for 100 days in a row to prove his love for her, a blind photographer obsessively combs the city searching for the gorgeous model he accidentally insulted. Meanwhile, in other corners of the city, a foot masseuse and a chauffeur forge a romantic connection through text messaging; a sushi chef makes a bold culinary attempt to win the heart of a food critic with whom he is smitten; and an old man combs the city for an antique lightbulb that he will use to honor his late wife. And still another story is woven into this mix, with an air conditioner repairman repeatedly challenging a mystery woman to a road race. As the summer rolls forward, the destinies of these individuals will impact one another in unforeseen and consistently surprising ways. ~ Nathan Southern, Rovi
PG (for mild thematic elements and smoking)
Art House & International , Comedy , Romance
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Fox International Productions

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Nicholas Tse
as Ah Wai
Rene Liu
as Li Yan
Vivian Hsu
as Wasabi
Barbie Hsu
as Ding Dong
Duan Yihong
as Leslie Guan
Fu Xinbo
as Da Fu
Jing Boran
as Xiao Fang
as Xiao Qi
Daniel Wu
as Master Chef
as Zhou Yuan Yuan
Shawn Yue
as Tattoo Master
Gordon Liu
as Uncle Fai
He Zhuoyan
as Factory Girl Xiao Li
Jinshan Liu
as Grocery Shop Boss
Lu Yan
as Supermodel
as Supermodel
Miss Cheung
as Mysterious Customer
Joey Yung
as Girl Fish
Charles Chen
as Boy Fish #1
Chen Chien-Chou
as Voice of Boy Fish
Jan Lamb
as Boy Fish #2
Calvin Choy
as Wah's Boss
Ghost Style
as Apprentice 1
as Apprentice 2
Phat Chan
as Boss of Repair Shop
Kate Yeung
as Reporter
as Beach Girl
Cara G.
as Girl in Lamborghini
Fruit Chan
as Ice Cream Vendor
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Critic Reviews for Hot Summer Days

All Critics (6) | Top Critics (5)

Unlike the similarly multi-strand Valentine's Day, Hot Summer Days has heart, however overstated most of its action.

Full Review… | October 7, 2010
Los Angeles Times
Top Critic

Sure, the film sometimes gets too syrupy - hey, it's a date movie - but the way this tale finally ties into one of the others is sublime.

Full Review… | October 1, 2010
New York Times
Top Critic

Hot Summer Days makes a lukewarm case for global warming. It's a better argument that the production of mindless fluff is not just limited to Hollywood

September 30, 2010
New York Post
Top Critic

It's less a film than one long advertisement for itself -- and for the fact that mindless entertainment truly knows no borders.

Full Review… | September 29, 2010
Time Out
Top Critic

While the film is slight, predictable, and familiar, it's great popcorn fare.

Full Review… | September 28, 2010
Village Voice
Top Critic

Each rising sun ignites a surge of manic hysteria that weaves these tormented, forlorn characters through a clumsy plot riddled with cliché and predictability.

Full Review… | September 29, 2010
Slant Magazine

Audience Reviews for Hot Summer Days

There were moments, but looking rather chaotic overall. Perhaps the biggest surprise was still coming from the uncredited appearance of Maggie Cheung.


This movie is just a bunch of random small stories, not even all linked together... It has some parts that were romantic but not too funny, therefore more of a romance than a romantic comedy. The movie may make you appreciate things more. But for me, I just wanted entertainment, and it wasn't that funny... so 2 stars is all it gets from me.

Phi Nguyen
Phi Nguyen

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