In Mandarin with English and Chinese subtitles
Director: Aubrey Lam
Cast: Karena Lam, Lu Yi, Tender Huang
1 hr 35 mins
Released By: GV
Official Website: www.annaandannamovie.com
OUR FEATURE ON ANNA AND ANNA'S WRAP PARTY
Opening Day: 8 November 2007
Anna (Karena Lam) seems to have a great life for both love
and career in Singapore, until she has to move to Shanghai.
There she meets her ex-boyfriend, Ouyang (Lu Yi) and his wife,
Si Yu (Karena Lam) who looks exactly like her. Love for her
ex-beau rekindles and she decides to switch identities with
her doppelganger for a week. Si Yu then flies to Singapore
where she lives with Billy (Tender Huang), Anna’s current
boyfriend. Anna gradually realizes that Ouyang is no longer
the man she used to love and desperately wants her old life
in Singapore back, but her alternate self has plans of her
This is perhaps one of the most forgettable movies produced
this year. The premise of a doppelganger film always excites
– the expectation of one’s own dark side and a
highly charged resolution could have been explored. But Anna
and Anna does everything (and I mean everything) so poorly,
the audience simply laughs and asks, “What was the whole
The movie basically revolves around Anna (Karena Lam), who
seemingly has everything but is not happy. Taking an opportunity
to work in Shanghai, she leaves all behind, including a handsome
new age sensitive boyfriend Billy (newcomer Tender Huang).
Things in Shanghai take a turn for the worse however when
she meets her ‘doppelganger’ Si Yu (also Karena
Lam) and her old beau Ouyang (Lu Yi).
The exposition was too long drawn. Coupled with a very poor
script, the acting and dramatic pauses were nothing short
of deplorable. Why were there two-second pauses after EVERY
line? It did not serve any dramatic purpose and the sophomoric
acting did nothing to help. Things got better the moment Anna
arrived in Shanghai. There were attempts at artistic imagery
(the visuals of paired objects in the gallery and in Shanghai
proper) and some well-intentional artsy shots and culture
references. But these were too obvious and never subtle. It
seemed like it was being ‘artsy’ just for the
sake of being ‘artsy’. It was comic, even painful
It seemed innocent enough, when Anna pines for her ex-boyfriend/depressed
pianist and upon meeting her double, decides to switch roles
for three days. Here I saw a potential route for the movie
to take off from the entire mundane and boring enterprise.
The sudden chilling and horror-type music seemed to promise
a grand and exciting psychological drama – we may even
get blood and some action as the two doppelgangers slug it
out mentally and physically. I was even ready to forgive the
bad attempt at pseudo-science (the Internet solves all mysteries,
really) to explain the ‘phenomenon’.
But no. We were never in for such a treat. The movie took
a turn, seemingly building up towards a horror/slash flick
but ultimately dumping the audiences back to the ghastly drama
(or lack thereof) at its climax. The ending, which I was very
tempted to disclose here, was a total cop out in all respects.
And it made entirely no sense whatsoever. I tried. I really
tried to make sense of it, but to no avail. Just what were
they thinking? There was never any focus in the film. Perhaps
both Anna’s and Ouyang’s characters came close.
But there were way too many gaps in their development they
came across just short of convincing. The other characters
were nothing more then glorified extras. It is noted that
these characters had seemingly much potential, but these were
just brushed off and never explained.
This film is most unfortunate for all involved; especially
for rising star Karena Lam. Let us hope this movie does not
destroy her career. This film will give critics and audiences
a lot to talk about – but it would only revolve around
how 95 minutes could have been better well spent.
most unfortunate waste of time)
Review by Darren Sim