Director: Law Wing Cheong
Starring: Miriam Yeung, Richie Jen, Wu Yujun,
Justin Lo, Lam Ka Tung
Released By: Shaw
Opening Day: 23 March 2006
2 BECOME 1 is a woman’s odyssey of her fight with breast
cancer. The story centers on a regular white-collar woman
named BINGO (Miriam Yeung), who leads a carefree city life
that includes guarding her turf in the office and dating and
gossiping with her three girlfriends. However, her carefree
life soon turns upside down when she found a lump in her breast.
Everything begins to fall apart as she tries to cope with
the loss of femininity in a series of bittersweet events.
With the help of a happy-go-lucky doctor V (Richie Jen) and
a shy but talented teenager SING-PING (Justin Lo), Bing begins
to find new meanings in her turmoil and the will to face her
it comes to comedies about breasts, Hong Kong films seem to
be churning quite a few movies that focus on that certain
female body region. There was the Lau Ching Wan’s “La
Brassiere”, Francis Ng’s “Beauty and the
Breast” and now “2 become 1” from Miriam
Yeung and Richie Ren, sharing similar fasciations with women’s
breasts with a more noble intention than the previous two
of “2 become 1” as a pink ribbon project, promoting
breast cancer awareness to the masses in the most entertaining
Bingo (Miriam Yeung) is a tough advertising executive by day
but a loner by night. Surrounded by friends and yet pining
for a companion. Her love life seemingly improves when she
meets with handsome doctor, V (Richie Ren) and before too
long, they were tumbling onto the bed for a potential passionate
love making. Just before they could consumate their new found
love, V detected a hard lump in her left breast and eventually
leads to her discover of her breast cancer.
the roles that Miriam Yeung is well known for, her character
Bingo initally handles her terrible situation with cheerful
outlook. But alas, there won’t be much of a movie if
everything was all that plain sailing. A few couple of obstacles
were thrown in her way and pretty soon, depression sets in.
for her, there’s V who is always there to catch her
when she falls, a role that’s happy-go-lucky and extremely
supportive which suits Richie Ren’s on screen persona
just as well too.
Yeung and Richie Jen once again prove their longevity and
main stay in a dwindling Hong Kong film. They are effortlessly
charming, seamlessly alluring the audience to watch their
performances, making this journey of overcoming breast cancer
their performance and the lighthearted situational comedy
with the breast cancer issue wasn’t enough to stretch
into a substantial movie and a few more subplots (such as
the return of an old lover, a traditional medicine con artist,
friends fighting over the same guy, a difficult working environment
faced with cut throat colleague and a challenging advertising
project) were added to emphasize the importance of staying
positive during the most difficult and trying times.
most of the subplots worked relatively well with the overall
theme (notably the one with Lam Ka Tung as Bingo’s old
lover), one especially stood out as a sore thumb and it involves
one of the current hottest singer and songwriter in Hong Kong,
Justin Lo. His segment as a shy talented singer that feared
audition after being rejected badly by Bingo felt like a very
forced product placement in this movie which has simply got
be edited to keep the pace smoother.
though it’s a film with breast cancer as the main theme,
don’t expect to learn any information about breast cancer
awareness or even its treatment in this lighthearted comedy.
However it does contain some heartwarming messages for the
breast cancer patients – that loving support is all
around, and staying positive instead of holding on false hopes
might be just the right way to face this horrible illness.
breast cancer awareness movie with a lighthearted comedic
touch to it)
by Richard Lim Jr