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What Women Want (2010)

Osric Chau , Daming Chen , Daming Chen  |  Unrated |  DVD
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  • Actors: Osric Chau, Daming Chen, Li Gong
  • Directors: Daming Chen
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: Chinese
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.66:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: China Lion
  • DVD Release Date: November 15, 2011
  • Run Time: 100 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B005BJ7XL4
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #231,001 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

Editorial Reviews

Chauvinistic advertising executive Zigang Sun (pop superstar Andy Lau, Infernal Affairs) is not known as a good husband, a good father or a good son. None of this bothers Zigang, since he’s focused entirely on his expected promotion to creative director. However, that opportunity disappears when his firm instead hires the female executive of a rival agency, Yilong Li (Gong Li, Miami Vice, Memoirs of a Geisha), to develop campaigns targeted toward women. When Zigang attempts to understand the opposite sex to compete with Yilong, a comic twist of fate gives him the ability to hear what women are thinking. While his new power makes him an expert on women and helps advance his career, it also leads him toward a relationship with his once-office-rival Yilong, and changes his outlook on what’s important in life and love.

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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
Format:DVD
In all honesty, I can't say I was really clamoring for a remake of Nancy Meyers' "What Women Want." The original, made over ten years ago, starred Mel Gibson and Helen Hunt and was a fitfully funny exercise in slapstick mayhem and opposites attract romance. It seemed an unlikely choice for writer/director Chen Daming (who also takes a small cameo in the film) to adapt, but I guess the world needs love too. Originally titled "I Know A Woman's Heart," the DVD release has the good sense to reattach the familiar "What Women Want" moniker to drive interest in the international distribution. After all, familiarity with the original movie certainly can't hurt. For my part, I don't really see any need or reason to reinterpret the Gibson version. While popular and amusing enough, it's hardly the gold standard in the American romantic comedy genre. However, that being said, if you are going forward with the idea--at least this remake had the smarts to attach two of the most appealing matinee stars possible. Frankly, I'd watch Andy Lau and Gong Li in just about anything, so cast together--this becomes a no-brainer.

Lau plays an aging lothario, an advertising executive getting by on his charm and insincerity. While he thinks he has everyone enamored by his winning ways, he has little idea what women really think of him. Li enters the scene as his new boss and rival, and the two instantly clash in some expected comic set-ups. Feeling that the agency needs to get in touch with female consumers, Li has the brilliant notion for the male employees to try an assortment of feminine products to make them more aware of their intended audience.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fun popcorn rom-com December 15, 2011
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I was surprised to find out that Andy Lau and Gong Li were remaking the Mel Gibson/Helen Hunt movie from over a decade ago, but quite intrigued. I've always thought the original was amusing and sweet, par for the course for Nancy Meyers if not necessarily for Mel Gibson. Still, I wondered how close this remake would come and how these two stars would fair in a light-hearted romantic comedy. I'm surprised once again.
Sticking very close to the original down to verbatim lines and all, Lau and Li seem comfortable with each other and this version seems to play heavier towards the romance and not so much the silliness of the original. It was nice to see these two actors, known for their art-house movies and action epics, have some fun, even down to the closing credit bloopers.
My only issue is that there is a fairly heavy-handed appeal to western audiences with a soundtrack heavy on English language songs (Lau even sings a ballad to Li in English) which I thought smacked a little too much of pandering. I know movies are made to make money but this seemed a bit much. That said, the movie is cute and a nice Friday night movie with your lover over a bowl of popcorn.
For subtitle-challenged viewers, the words tend to move very quickly at times, so have the remote handy and enjoy a lighthearted rom-com with two thoroughly enjoyable actors.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome remake! April 30, 2012
By S. Der
Format:DVD
I thought this movie wouldn't be as good as the original American movie that was made about 10 years ago. But, you know what, it surprised me because it was just as good. You really have to understand the Chinese Culture before looking at the differences between the 2 movies. If you don't get the chinese culture, than you won't get this movie and say it's average or below average to the original. It be just two good looking, big name stars and that's it. But, it's so much more if you understand culture and understand the underlining message.

Yes, the main plot is exactly the same as the American movie, which is the way it should be. Why would or should they change it up so much that it wouldn't make sense? You might think to yourself that it's not even close to the original and so why did they have the same name? Then, you have people be blew away with all the changes and come on here saying it's way different and it's bad. Well, good thing they didn't change the movie up than and kept the original plot.

The main stars are probably the two biggest stars in China right now. And, those 2 getting casted for this movie was perfect. This movie had it all. A good mix of comedy, romance, and drama. Now throw in the plot with chinese culture mix it up and what you get? A 5 star movie that's what! I definitely recommend this movie.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Better than Mel Gibson's version June 16, 2013
By sc
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This movie was much better than the American version. It's good clean fun and humor. Andy Lau and Gong Li had great chemistry as compared to Mel Gibson and Helen Hunt.
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4.0 out of 5 stars What Women Want January 22, 2012
Format:DVD
I really enjoyed this movie and that's saying alot since I usually don't like romantic comedies.The one with Mel Gibson was just average but this one was better.I thought it was funnier than the American version and Andy Lau was charming and Gong Li is beautiful.I think they were a good match for this movie.If your a fan of Andy Lau or romantic comedies,then I think you will like this.If you didn't like the American version,please don't let that deter you from seeing this one.It's a much better film.
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