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I gave it twenty minutes. That was twenty minutes too much.
A movie that is surprisingly fun and balances very silly humor with genuine sentimentality and sweetness.
I remember watching Lost in Thailand either a year or two years ago and I didn't really think it was a great movie. While I gave this movie the same rating as its spiritual prequel, I found this to be a slightly better flick. A large part of the film is really paying tribute to classic Hong Kong romantic, comedy and, even, some action cinema. The film, however, doesn't really come together as well as it should, since there is a 'murder mystery' involved, there's Xu bonding with his, annoying at first, brother-in-law, there's Xu trying to finally get that one kiss from his first love that has eluded him for over 20 years, Xu's wife desperately trying to get pregnant and whether or not he's really in love with her. Structurally speaking, this is very much a sketch movie and I think that structure really does hurt the film quite a bit. None of it really ends up feeling like it's supposed to be a singular narrative. It does end up feeling that way in the last 15 minutes, but for the rest of 90+ minutes of it, it struggles to get that feeling that it's all meant to be one movie with one story and that's a problem. The film moves fast enough and it has enough to distract you from its structural flaws, for a time at least. Once the film is over, however, every flaw in the film is as obvious as the nose on my face. Again, I'm not even suggesting that the film is ever bad at any point, it's just that it never comes together in a coherent fashion to where everything feels like it's one narrative. I will say, however, that parts of the climactic act itself are surprisingly really sweet, in how Xu realizes that the woman he's always wanted is the one he has been married to for 20 years and how holding on to a past love has kept him from realizing that. It's done in a fairly melodramatic manner, like it was designed that way, as a tribute to old romance classics from Hong Kong, but I thought it actually was kind of sweet. Again, maybe a tad melodramatic but I completely understand why it was like that. The characters themselves aren't exactly super compelling, Xu being the most interesting of them all, obviously, but even Xu doesn't have any real depth. While I can understand holding on to your first love because you never got the chance to make it work, I think the character really needed something more than just that. Maybe I'm wrong, but that's just me. It's not bad, just felt that the character needed something more than that and his unfulfilled dreams of being a painter. Though those are some fairly universal themes, a great percentage of people aren't doing what they really wanna do in life. So I guess that's what they were going for. So, yea, not a bad movie, an improvement over Lost in Thailand, but it's sketch-like structure really ended up hurting the movie when it came to trying to tell a story. This is average at best, but I can't really recommend it.
Started out as rom-com inspired by Peter Chan's "Comrades, Almost A Love Story"...then flash-forwarded 20 yrs later as the misadventures of a married man trying to hook-up with his old flame.
And you'll appreciate it more if you have seen Comrades...
A mix of HK artists do not mean a HK movie. The theme similar to Bean's holiday..... so boring.
Seen at AMC 25 at some autumn afternoon of 2015, with a lot of popcorn with a lot of flavors.
Without Baoqiang Wang and Bo Huang who were in lost in Thailand, I had concern but I was wrong, a great movie though director tried to put too many elements in and sometimes transition is not smooth...
Best Chinese Movie I have ever seen in 5 years
Laughed through out the whole movie! A referenced heaven movie but still enjoyable as heck!