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  • Actors: Ge You, Shu Qi, Vivian Hsu, Alex Fong, Ke Hu
  • Directors: Feng Xiaogang
  • Format: Color, Dolby, Import, Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: Cantonese
  • Subtitles: Chinese, English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Tai Seng
  • DVD Release Date: June 30, 2009
  • Run Time: 128 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0029ZUQBC
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #409,546 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Matt Jarvis on August 1, 2010
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
If you are looking for a Hong Kong or Hollywood romantic comedy do not buy this movie. This is a modern Chinese romantic comedy in the manner of Big Shot's Funeral also by Feng Xiaogang and his favorite male lead, Ge You. Xiaogang uses outrageous premises that are put into motion in modern China's reality. The roles of the women Xiaogang puts opposite Ge You are excellent especially if you have seen them in their other bodies of work. Let me just say the segments of dating are delightfully humorous in the pursuit of a non-perfect mate for our "hero".

The dating segments build up what the story is about, finding love with the right person in a country where there are too many choices. Instead of him finding love he accepts a bargain to settle for someone he rejected. She has realized that she can never have the person that she loves but knows that life is not complete without a companion.

To start out their new life together they must go to Hokaido, Japan so she can end the old relationship and start their life together. There is excellent Chinese humor while they are in Japan (you will laugh when he becomes a loyal Yakuza) as we learn his reluctances and it is very serious as we her reluctances. You might even think it is going to be a Chinese tragedy but it does end up in a Chinese way as a romantic comedy. Some parents may not want to share this film with their children as some of the conversation are frank and there is one extremely short shot of nudity from behind (so beautifully shot, set and choreographed that it is not gratuitous).

If you want a sappy, happy-go-lucky romantic comedy skip this movie. If you want a serious yet funny movie about love then do not skip this movie, it is the one.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Tsuyoshi on June 4, 2010
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Chinese film "If You Are the One" is a romantic comedy, and a unique one at that. The story is about a forty-something single male Qin Fen (Ge You) looking for his future wife on the internet. One interesting thing about the mild-mannered guy (and very wealthy because of his strange "invention") is that he is a very honest person. Qin Fen says he is not handsome; he is not looking for someone like Angelina Jolie. He is just an ordinary man who wants to settle down.

Some of his blind dates turn out to be very unique. One beautiful woman tries to sell something unexpected to him; another is a pregnant girl who wants him to be her baby's father; even a male shows up. During his unsuccessful effort to get married, Qin Fen meets a beautiful flight attendant Smiley (Qi Shu, "The Transporter"). He at first passes up a chance to date her, but later a strange twist of fate bring them back together, and Smiley, with a little secret of her own, agrees to marry him only on one condition, a condition that few males would feel comfortable with.

The romantic comedy is directed by Xiaogang Feng ("Assembly" "Legend of the Black Scorpion"), a renowned director with a string of box office hits in mainland China, and by watching his "If You Are the One," you know why he has been successful. Shot against the backdrop of modern lifestyles of China, the film closely follows the story of two characters you can relate to, played by the talented cast. The story itself is nothing new, even slow-moving to some, but occasional humor (often clever references to modern Chinese society) and the director's authentic touch given to the characters make the entire film believable.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Phillip Royer on August 18, 2009
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This is the highest grossing film of all time in China. Hard to believe, as it's not really a remarkable film, except for Shu Qi, she's remarkable. When she asks her date if he believes in love at first sight he responds "I loved the first sight of you!" It's a very pleasant film. Funny, slightly quirky, it's an intimate study of two people's vulnerability, and it's thoroughly Chinese. I'm sure some of the humor was lost on me due to the fact I don't speak Mandarin! And Ge You's Mandarin accent is as thick as syrup. He does a great job playing a forty-something guy who's made his lot in life selling zany inventions and now has a very specific set of criteria he's looking for in a mate to settle down with. He meets Shu Qi and the two of them continue to meet, almost just to spite one another, neither believing there is anything there for the two of them. But love has an odd way of growing just my virtue of time spent together. This is a great 'date' movie.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Steve VINE VOICE on December 15, 2011
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Once again I see a movie from China that knocks me out and I reflect on how sad it is that so few people will see this. As of today, this will be only the seventh review for a movie that has been out since 2008. On the other hand, there are probably hundreds of reviews for any of a number of retreaded, predictable, juvenile, CGI-driven, product peddling, Pixar'd, cloying, and/or disturbingly violent movies that can't hold a candle to the beauty, emotional power, and sheer loveliness of If You Are the One.

Chinese favorite You Ge and the lovely Qi Shu play the two main characters and imbue their performances with nuance, genuine chemistry, and emotion. Throughout the two hours, I was moved to guffaws of laughter as well as lip-quivering tears. Xioagang Feng's poignant contemplations on love, relationships, marriage, and heartbreak struck nerve after nerve in me.

It saddens me that what passes for wisdom in Hollywood offerings usually reflects not so much our shared global humanity but rather our peculiar self-absorbed ethos and our superficiality. There are movies that are quite good (I just saw The Descendents and it was very good), but the vast majority is the equivalent of fast food - garbage that appeals to the lowest common denominator. Indeed, there might be no better reflection of the decline of our society than the low number of well made movies coming out of Hollywood. How sad that, more often than not, Pixar makes the movies that touch us emotionally.

I apologize for this rant embedded in a review, but when I see such a beautiful motion picture as this one, I think how fortunate I am to have a fiancé who is Chinese to even bring this director to my attention. I hope to pass on this rare find to you.
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