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Genre: Comedy
Starring: Cecilia Cheung, Lau Ching Wan, Jordan Chan, Paula Tsui, Law Kar Ying
Director: Wai Kar Fai
Rating: PG
Year Made: 2005






Languages: Chinese
Subtitles: English & Chinese
Aspect Ratio: Anamorphic Widescreen
Sound: Info not available
Running Time: 1 hr 30 mins
Region Code: 3
Distributor: Sc
orpio East Entertainment




Fong Fong (Cecilia Cheung) is a shopaholic who is unemployed and in debt because of her
spending. She decides to seek help from a psychologist, Gan Yan (Lau Chin Wan). Meanwhile, Fong Fong meets Kong Fu (Jordan Chan), a millionaire who is calculative when spending money but ironically, is also a shopaholic. When Kong Fu refuses to see a psychologist because he thinks it is a waste of money, Fong Fong has no choice but to play the role of a psychologist...


What’s the best therapy to beat your daily stress? Shopping. What’s the favourite national pastime in Singapore? Shopping. What’s the best way to pamper your love one? Shopping. Many women will definitely scream in delight when they hear the word, “Shopping”. Walk along the long stretch of Orchard Road during the month of Great Singapore Sale and you will spot women with bags of their prized possessions.

You might ask so what’s all these got to do with the dvd review? You see, this movie I’m reviewing is titled “The Shopaholics”. Cecilia Cheung plays Fong Fong, a girl who is obsessed with shopping and I mean seriously obsessed. She can go on expensive shopping sprees, splurging on LVs and Guccis, crashing her credit card limit. Recognising she’s psychologically sick, she visits a psychologist, Gan Yan (Lau Ching Wan), himself is also down with a disorder as well. And before the dust has settled, Fong Fong encounters Kong Fu (Jordan Chan), a rich yet stingy young entrepreneur and yes, he’s sick too. And somehow, the trio falls in love in a short span of time.

Are you still with me so far? If you think the plot is absurd, wait till when the triangle love gets even more complicated when their sickness and love issues get entangled and a well-known psychologist (play by singer diva Paula Tsui) have to be brought in to intervene with the affair.

Its heart wrenching to see veterans like Lau and Jordan Chan resorting to being lifeless puppets floating in this messy dismal production. The characters are neither fully reflected out nor the whole issue of being down with disorders is bone tickling. To add insult to injury, Wai Kar Fai, the co-director of crime drama, “Running Out of Time” and the highly watchable romance, “Needing You”, helmed the movie. Is it because his frequent collaborator, Johnny To is missing here or is it the rampant piracy has invaded the creative process?

Well, I guess since the Great Singapore Sale is just round the corner, I might as well indulged in some shopping myself. One: To beat the stress out of me (after reviewing this title). Two: To pamper my broken heart (my wish for the revival of the HK film industry has once again tarnished).


This Code 3 DVD does not contain any special features.


A pity there's no option for consumers to select between the original cantonese or chinese language. You just have to stick to the latter. Visually, it's rich and colors are vibrant.



Review by Linus Tee




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


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