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Genre: Drama
Starring: Lucy Liu, Frances O' Connor, Miranda Otto, Bonnie Somerville, Peter Hermann, Julian Ovenden
Rating: M18 (Some Mature Content)
Year Made: 2008




- "Revenge Sex: You Get as Good as You Give" Featurette
- "Move in or Move Out" Featurette
- "Kiss My Glass Ceiling" Featurette
- "Pick a Team, Any Team" Featurette




Languages: English
Subtitles: Chinese/Korean/Thai
Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
Sound: Dolby Digital 5.1
Running Time: 294 mins
Region Code: 3
Distributor: Origin Entertainment




Set in glamorous New York City, four women stay close as they strive for success in the business world. Affectionately known as the Cashmere Mafia, they rely on each other for support in both their careers and their often-tumultuous personal relationships. Publisher Mia (Lucky Liu), CEO Juliet (Miranda Otto), top business executive Zoe (Frances O'Connor) and key marketing executive Caitlin (Bonnie Somerville) are bright, driven and dedicated, supporting each other through rocky marriages, rival colleagues, kids' recitals and the hunt for the perfect loft. Their ambition comes with a price - although they consistently outpace their male colleagues and husbands in salary and title, they must watch out for scheming rivals, eager to bring them down. But how better to climb to the top of the corporate ladder than with your buddies at your side?


It’s probably a girl thing, but we were thinking, if we put four guys in a bar, talking about issues like failed relationships, bitchy co workers, children problems and what it’s like to be a gay (censorship board alert!), it’ll never be as attractive and appealing as putting four gals in a bar to discuss about similar issues. Sorry, make that four pretty women who epitomize the who’s who of the business world. In this American (where else?) television series which was aired early this year, we get this made for TV scenario about, well, four women, who meet and sit around in bars to talk about their lives about being modern women.

Lucy Liu (Kung Fu Panda), Miranda Otto (Flight of the Phoenix), Frances O’Connor (Windtalkers) and Bonnie Sommerville (Without a Paddle) play four cosmopolitan women who are best friends since their days at business school and as they grow up, they learn to balance their ambitions, their careers, their glamourous lives and complicated personal lives, while finding time to support each other in a “Cashmere Mafia” (a pretty club name for pretty women) to make it big in New York City.

Yes, this spells S-E-X A-N-D T-H-E C-I-T-Y all over it. In fact, the DVD cover even tells us proudly that “Executive Producers Include Sex and the City Creator Darren Star”. Four women dolled up in pretty clothes sharing problems and chatting about everyday issues? We don’t blame anyone if that immediate “been there done that” feeling comes to mind. Maybe, just maybe, this is the reason why the network decided not to renew the series for a second season after seven episodes. This two disc DVD contains these 40 odd episodes which make for good casual viewing at home.

To be fair, the four female stars make this series slightly above average. Liu’s sharp articulation, Otto’s sophisticated aura, O’Connor’s warm demeanor and Sommerville’s pleasant getup make the four characters engaging to watch, if not clichéd and stereotyped.

The seven episodes has storylines covering cheating husbands, lesbian girlfriends, spoilt kids, rival colleagues and not forgetting good-looking clothes, hair, mobile gadgets and attractive city street scenes and aerial skylines. The seasoned TV drama viewer will tell you that this does not break any new ground in terms of production approach. Sure, the issues discussed in the show are relevant and modernized, but they aren’t revolutionary or inventive in any way. Even the songs played in the background are your typical lounge music. Maybe, just maybe, the producers should have considered having four guys to sit in a bar to talk about rocky marriages, rival colleagues, kids’ recitals and the hunt for the perfect life in New York City. That may make people sit up and watch.


This Code 3 DVD contains four featurettes that has the four girls talking about the girly issues discussed in the show. The two minute “Revenge Sex: You Get as Good as You Give” has Otto talking about her character “fighting fire with fire” when she finds out that her husband is having an affair. “Move In or Move Out” has Liu talking about how her character is set up to meet a nice Asian man by her parents in three brief minutes. O’Connor talks about her character being feminine and masculine at home and at work in the two minute “Kiss My Glass Ceiling”. The two minute “Pick A Team, Any Team” sees Sommerville talking about commitment problems and the possibility of raising a child as a lesbian. There are also “Previews” of other Sony releases like Made of Honor, Kabluey and Center Stage: Turn It Up


The visual transfer is pristine enough to showcase the glamorous women of Cashmere Mafia, while the show is presented in its original English 5.1 Dolby Digital audio track.



Review by John Li


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This review is made possible with the kind support from Origin Entertainment



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