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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.
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.Read more ›
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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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.Published on June 16, 2013 by sc
This re-do of the Mel Gibson film is charming but thin(as was the original), and only adds a new setting; its chief asset is Gong Li, who adds emotional weight to Helen Hunt's... Read morePublished on January 16, 2013 by R. R, Castillo