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Genre: Comedy
Alan Tam, Hacken Lee, Leung Wing Chung, Hu Jing, Ng Hui, Jeff Wang, Patricia Mok, Michelle Tay, Abigail Chay
Director: Clifton Ko Chi Sum, Lau Jian Hua
Rating: PG
Year Made: 2006



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Languages: Cantonese & Chinese
Subtitles: English & Chinese
Aspect Ratio: Anamorphic Widescreen
Sound: Dolby Digital 5.1
Running Time: 1 hr 35 mins
Region Code: 3
Distributor: Sc
orpio East Entertainment




Air stewardess Huang Jinfeng and her boyfriend, Li Zhijie are considering marriage, but during Zhijie's proposal, Jinfeng tells him that he might reconsider due to her eccentric family, who had frightened off her 5 previous boyfriends. Zhijie is truly sincere, and he resolves to meet her family to win their consent.

The pair set off to Jinfeng's hometown where Li Zhijie is subjected to all kinds of "tests" by her grandmother and elders to gauge his suitability as their beloved Jinfeng's husband. Li Zhijie survives all and returns to Hongkong only to be subjected to more tests by Jinfeng's parents to test his trustworthiness. He has more hurdles to clear as he had to also obtain the approval of Jinfeng's eldest brother in Singapore.

Zhijie flies to Singapore, and was well received by Jinfeng's eldest brother who treated him like family, entrusting him with the expansion of his business, only to realise later that they are actually bitter business rivals.

Will Zhijie be able to survive all and claim his bride?


Like most Hong Kong comedies, this movie is a mixed bag, and contains elements usually found in the 80s era where there is essentially no central storyline and everything just went with the flow.

Hacken Lee plays a corporate hotshot Li Zhijie, who's sitting on the brink of a promotion, and is contemplating marrying his long time girlfriend Huang Jinfeng (Hu Jin, in an "act-cute" role), to boost his chances since his corporation is family friendly. To test his sincerity, Jinfeng has to bring him home to be subjected to various tests by her family members, ranging from her granny and nanny in China, back to her parents in Hong Kong, followed by her brother in Singapore.

Just like Hollywood's Meet The Parents, Zhijie is subjected to various nonsensical tests (or so it seemed) to test his limits and patience, and most of the tests involved the eating of strange bugs and medicine, getting unexpected seduced by a family member, and even be subjected to numerous physical abuses which involved the prodding of some orifices. But the family always seem to have a logical explanation to what they are doing, which piles on the implausibility of it all.

It's perhaps the last bit in Singapore that seemed to offer yet another subplot about the decision between love, family and work - if given a choice, where will your priorities lie? Emulating Wong Fei Hong's medical hall and with having staff named after the legend's disciples, there are plenty of mediocre jokes piled upon in this segment, including a scene with shades of another earlier Clifton Ko directed movie, Chicken and Duck Talk (1988), starring Michael Hui.

Alan Tam plays a total of 4 roles here, ala the multiple roles Eddie Murphy did for The Nutty Professor. Here, Tam stars as the grandmother (you cannot recognize him here under the thick facial mask), the stoic father, the happy-go-lucky younger brother, and the older brother with a paunch, who owns a medical hall in Singapore. Hacken Lee seemed to have sleepwalked through his role, offering nothing much to make his Zhijie character memorable.

Being co-produced by Mediacorp Raintree Pictures also meant that some Mediacorp artistes had their chance to star in the feature film, with the likes of Ng Hui and Star Search winner Jeff Wang handed supporting roles, as do various others in cameo appearances. Even Gurmit Singh's Phua Chu Kang managed to have a cameo role scripted inside.

But as the usual Clifton Ko directed comedies go, it's always all's well that ends well, steering the storyline back to a typical fictional fluff ending.


Included are two trailers - We are Family and Dragon Tiger Gate. The trailer of the latter movie suffered from a bad transfer, and thus has a VHS quality feel
to it.

There is a Making Of documentary for We Are Family lasting about 24 minutes, which includes interviews with the principal cast, and showcases Alan Tam's makeup process to transform him into an old woman, amongst the 4 roles that he took up in the movie. But what irks is the dubbing of this Making Of into Mandarin, making it quite unnatural, and had some of the jokes cracked being lost in translation.


There are 4 audio selections, whichever that suits your fancy. Either go with the Cantonese track, or the Mandarin one, each available in Dolby Digital in 2.0 or 5.1. Subtitles are available in English or Mandarin, but this reviewer only managed to sit through with the English subtitles on, and spotted some typos, grammatical errors as well as certain lines which do not accurately reflect what the intent of the dialogue was..



Review by Stefan Shih



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


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