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Genre: Comedy/Romance
Starring: Eason Chan, Miriam Yeung
Director: Law Wing-cheong
Rating: PG
Year Made: 2007




- Trailer




Languages: Chinese
Subtitles: English/Chinese
Aspect Ratio: -
Sound: -
Running Time: 1 hr 37 mins
Region Code: 3
Distributor: Scorpio East




27-year old Miu (Miriam Yeung) starts working as a fishmonger at Fortune Market to pay off her fathers' debts. She hopes to clear them before she turns 30, leave the wet market and find a man worthy of her. She is at loggerheads with Mr Fish (Eason Chan) from a stall at the Market and a fierce battle of survival is unleashed. However, the two are forced to collaborate together when the existence of Fortune Market is jeopardized by the emergence of mega supermarkets. As time goes by, they start to develop feelings for each other, but Miu is not ready to embrace her feelings...


As I watched this Hong Kong production, I was thinking to myself: What made this movie so different from the usual romantic fare out there that my fellow columnist loves it so much? After all, I had been looking forward to this fluffy flick after his raving review a few months ago.

As the 97-minute movie progresses, I couldn’t fathom what made the picture so unique – the plot was predictably romantic (from its conventional setup between the two leads to their initial detest for each other and the eventual mutual attraction), the performances were typically entertaining (although the cast list is rather impressive by an average movie’s standards) and the production values were nothing surprising (the novelty of a movie taking place in a wet market could only amuse me for so long).

But as the movie comes to a close, the final scene between leads Miriam Yeung (Drink Drank Drunk, Sound of Colors) and Eason Chan (Brothers, Enter the Phoenix) struck me to how bittersweet love in real life can be. Without giving away the ending of the movie, all I’m saying is that love in real life isn’t always a bed of roses as you’ve seen in most movies.

And before this review becomes a whining blog entry about my views on love, it shall go on to commend director Lau Wing-cheong’s (2 Become 1, Running Out of Time 2) comfortable and steady approach to making this movie. With Johnnie To’s backup as the movie’s producer, Lau manages to craft a sweet tale about love and longing in a modern time like this.

The story sees Yeung and Chan’s situational collaboration when the market they work in is forced to close. Although the two hate each other’s guts at first, one can expect feelings to develop and love to blossom as the duo spend more time together.

Other than Yeung and Chan’s pleasing performances, expect to see familiar faces like Feng Shui-Fan, Jo Kuk, Lam Ka Tung, Wong You-Nam and Carl Ng in supporting roles and cameos. The cast sure looked like they had fun shooting this ensemble piece celebrating the good old times of happy relationships before technology seeped into our everyday lives, and the enjoyment has successfully infected the grouchy me.


This Code 3 DVD contains only a Trailer for the movie.


The disc’s visual transfer manages to make the wet market look appealing, while the audio is presented in Mandarin. What a shame we couldn’t hear the soundtrack in its original Cantonese version.



Review by John Li


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Other titles from Scorpio East:

. The Invisible

. The Lookout

. China Vampire

. 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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