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Genre: Comedy
Starring: Gillian Chung, Alex Fong, Eva Huang Shengyi, Chrissie Chow, Tian Liang, Simon Lui, Stephen Fung
Director: Jeff Lau
Rating: PG
Year Made: 2010







Languages: Mandarin
Subtitles: Chinese/English
Aspect Ratio: 16x9
Sound: Dolby Digital
Running Time: 1 hr 25 mins
Region Code: 3
Distributor: Scorpio East




In this engaging action comedy about the quest for love and honour, a teenage girl Gillian who becomes obsessed with beating her romantic rival in a swimming competition, Chi Yuen to teach her to master the art of competitive swimming. During the course of the swimming lessons, they begin as a pair of bickering enemies and then gradually develop mutual interest for each other. Eventually, not only does she discover who she really loves, she also learns to trust and believe more in herself... will she win the competition?


A movie about pretty girls in swimsuits means a field day for us male reviewers – or at least that’s what this one thought. Also known as the movie which was delayed because of male lead Gillian Chung’s boo boo with a particular Edison Chen, this Jeff Lau directed movie is one Hong Kong production we thought we’d enjoy. This is not only because of the obvious reasons of eye candy, but also of the director’s interesting filmography. From the guy who gave us the wonderful Chinese Odyssey 2002 (2002) and the terrible Kungfu Cyborg: Metallic Attraction (2009), we are interested in finding out whether it’s a hit or miss this time.

The movie is marketed as a romantic comedy where a good looking male swimming champion is kidnapped by a beautiful but cocky female swimmer and her teammates so that he can train her to win a tournament. The competitor is question is also the female protagonist’s rival in love. What originally was hate at first sight becomes, yes, you’ve guessed it, l-o-v-e, when the two learn more about each other.

Not too bad a premise, we’d say, when we first read the synopsis of this 85 minute movie. Who doesn’t love a refreshing comedy filled with giggle worthy plot setups including a group of swimsuit donning girls and a too cool to be true celebrity swimmer? But what we also didn’t expect are a whole lot of other unwarranted cinematic elements a pompous super power that involves a sea deity, a series of slapstick gags and grasp your seats for this: Stephen Fung in drag.

But then again, director Lau has been known to deliver such comic relief, or so he thinks. From his filmography which also includes the Stephen Chow star vehicle A Chinese Odyssey series and a radical version of the classic “Journey to the West” A Chinese Tall Story, one realises that such offbeat and dare we say it, cheap humour, doesn’t come as a surprise. They may not always induce laughter, but the sporadic comedic moments will suffice for the lazy viewer.

Watch out for the CG laden finale and you’d get a better idea how director Lau has the best intentions to awe his audience, but may come off awkwardly amusing instead.

Chung fares decently as the girl who starts off as being irksome, but eventually becomes a darling – her sweet looks do help to a certain extent. Alex Fong plays the swimmer and provides some charming moments. Eva Huang steals our hearts as the pitiful girl who wants true love before a terminal disease takes her life away. The cast delivers an average performance which will satisfy the casual viewer.

So is the two year wait worth it to see Chung on the big screen again? While this production will not go down as a classic in movie history, it will milk some chuckles while it lasts in audiences’ memories.


A Trailer is included in this Code 3 DVD.


The movie's visual transfer is fine, and is dubbed in the ever undesirable Mandarin audio track.



Review by John Li

Posted on 15 November 2010


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