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Genre: Romance
Starring: Richie Jen, Yuen Wah, Kate Tsui, Fan Bing Bing
Director: Alfred Cheung
Rating: PG
Year Made: 2007




- Trailer
- Making Of




Languages: Chinese & Cantonese
Subtitles: English/Chinese
Aspect Ratio: -
Sound: -
Running Time: -
Region Code: 3
Distributor: Scorpio East




Fatt (Richie Jen) has to introduce his girlfriend Rachel (Kate Tsui) to his conservative father (Yuen Wah). Knowing that his father will never accept his Westernized girlfriend, Fatt decides to hire a "contract lover" to meet him instead. Zao (Fan Bing Bing) who needs the money urgently, decides to accept the job but when Fatt brings his "contract lover" home, unexpected events occur...


No, you are not the only clever one around. Anyone who has had some experience watching movies (either on the small television screen or on the big cinema screen) will know how a predictable movie like this will turn out.

Richie Ren (Exiled, 2 Become 1) plays a man goes back to his hometown in China, where his parents are enquiring about his girlfriend. He does not dare to bring his vocal, headstrong and pole-dancing (as a form of exercise, you pervert) girlfriend to meet his conservative folks. So he gets a contract lover (how original is that as a movie title?) played by Fan Bingbing (Flash Point, The Matrimony) to make his parents detest her so that the wild girlfriend can step in and gain acceptance by default. And yes, we are not even afraid of incurring any wrath here: Fan will end up living happily ever after with Ren.

The China production sees director Alfred Cheung (All’s Well, Ends Well 1997) pulling every familiar 1980s movie trick on the viewers, from unsurprising situational jokes to caricature characters that you have seen in a dozen other Chinese movies. Ren faking orgasm sounds with Fan so that the excited parents will think that they are having sex? A traditional mother who gets initiated into the open ways of city dwellers after Fan’s enlightenment? You’d probably have seen these plotlines somewhere else before.

But don’t get us wrong, this is not a terrible movie at all. In fact, it is quite an enjoyable 94 minutes to sit through. Although dated, the familiarity of this good-natured picture is ironically its main draw.

There is no need to rack your brains trying to figure out whether Ren’s father (played by a serious-looking Yuen Wah) will have his heirloom destroyed, or whether Ren and Fan will be separated by fate. Heck, besides two pop songs sung by David Tao and Ren himself, there are even some nice crane camera shots and scenic cinematography of China to ogle at. So what’s there to hate about this unintelligent piece of work?

It’s a good time killer if you play this at your next party, and people can walk in and out of the living room without missing anything. And better still, they would think they are smart because they are still able to figure out what’s going on. Nothing beats a convenient ego-booster, right?


The Code 3 DVD includes “Trailers” for both the movie and Roystan Tan’s 881. There is also a 10-minute “Making Of” where you hear the cast talking about how patient and nice the director is on set. The cameras rigged on cranes for the aerial shots also look impressive.


The visual transfer doesn’t exactly accentuate China’s picturesque scenes, and there are Mandarin or Cantonese audio tracks to choose from.



Review by John Li


Other titles from Scorpio East:

. Ratatouille

. The Invisible

. The Lookout

. Alone

. Bar Paradise

. China Vampire

. Hooked On You

. Who Slept With Her?

. The Jungle Book

. Disney Princess Enchanted Tales

. Goal II: Living the Dream

. Hanna Montana

. Meet The Robinsons

. Wild Hogs

. Breaking And Entering

. Jump In

. Primeval

. Forest of Death

. The Fox and the Hound 2

. The Fox and the Hound

. Dumbo

. One Last Dance

. Protege

. The Curse of the Golden Flower

. A Battle Of Wits

. Rain Dogs

. Heavenly Mission

. Exiled

. Operation Undercover

. Diary

. Fatal Contact

. Singapore Dreaming

. Rob-B-Hood

. On The Edge

. The World's Fastest Indian

. Dragon Tiger Gate

. Unarmed Combat

. Crazy Stone

. Election 2

. We Are Family

. I Not Stupid Too

. The Shoe Fairy

. 2 Becomes 1

. 49 Days


. Dragon Eye Congee

. A Chinese Tall Story

. Perhaps Love


. Election

. The Myth

. Wait 'Til You're Older

. The Maid


This review is made possible with the kind support from Scorpio East


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