26 August 1999 | leighm
Fabulously funny farce.
Okay, so it's not sophisticated humor, but this is a great comedy romance with two HK greats, Chow Yun-Fat and Joey Wong. How can you go wrong? Add in Nina Li Chi and you've got a great triangle going.
Joey Wong plays May, a girl who was born with one leg an inch shorter than the other and thus walks with a slight limp. One day while she and her family are sprucing up the dumpy supermarket they just bought, May is involved in an accident with a runaway taxi driven by Joe (Chow Yun-Fat). His insurance had expired two days before, so he ends up being a sort of indentured servant to May's family to repay her medical costs and to assuage his guilt over having crippled her for life (or so he thinks, and May doesn't disabuse him of the notion).
Nina Li Chi plays Scarlet, May's hot-to-trot cousin who has her sights set on the nerdy Joe. Joe falls for May, and Joe's brother Sea falls for Scarlet and... well, you get the idea.
There are some really funny moments in this film - not only does Chow Yun-Fat dress up as Nina Li Chi at one point, but we also get to see him in pineapple drag talking about fresh fruits.
The romance between Joe and May is sweet and has some awfully cute moments... right up to the point where Joe blushingly admits he's a virgin to May and asks her to take it easy on him on their wedding night.
So it's not Voltaire, okay... there are jokes about piles, flashers in public toilets, Nina Li Chi pouting because she's horny and has already killed three husbands by wearing them out in bed. Still, this is great fun, Chow Yun-Fat as a nerd complete with thick glasses does a great job of some silly physical comedy and Joey Wong is just the prettiest thing you've ever seen.
The scene where Buddah tells Joe about dating girls in Heaven ("they're very open-minded these days") is a hoot.
Lots of fun. Put your brain in neutral and give it a watch.