Director: Derek Yee
Starring: Daniel Wu, Miriam Yeung, Terence
Yin, Alex Fong
RunTime: 1 hr 42 mins
Released By: Shaw
Opening Day: 25 August 2005
An amusing story of a girl who can drink plenty without getting
drunk, and a young man who gets tipsy easily after a few drinks.
Man is a cheerful barmaid who is popular among bar-owners
and customers alike. As she witnessed how men got drunk and
made fools of themselves every night, this make her wary of
men and want to remain single. Michael is a dejected chef,
whose ultimate dream is to win the Blue Ribbon Chef Grand
Honor and getting recognition in the culinary world.
paths crossed in the most unlikely way and sparks flew...
Siu Man is a gung-ho plain Jane who promotes beer; her threshold
for alcohol is extraordinary. Michael is a prince charming-type
French cuisine chef; he succumbs to alcohol as the sun to
the moon at night. By the movie laws of opposites attract,
the two first become roommates and business partners, then
friends, then lovers. It is a typical Hong Kong comedy, made
even more typical by the casting (no doubt deliberate) of
rising comedienne Miriam Yeung and her two-time co-star Daniel
is a natural comedienne; where she may lack in the looks department
(according to the less than forgiving standards of Hong Kong
cinema) she makes up for with her irresistibly likeable personality;
one can’t help but feel endeared and drawn towards her
adorable antics. A lesser damsel-type actress would have made
the deliberate hiding of a boyfriend’s personal effects
appear desperate and needy, but we laugh, in spite of ourselves,
when Yeung does it. While Daniel Wu’s winning looks
– immediately enhanced by the chef uniforms and sharp
suits that he periodically dons – will definitely attract
a considerable number of moviegoers, it is no doubt Yeung’s
magnetic personality that radiates and makes this otherwise
ordinary comedy work.
supporting cast provides a bunch of genuinely hilarious scenes
as well, the most prominent being Siu Man’s longtime
gangster-admirer, “ninth brother”. Ninth Brother
plays the uncouth softie to Michael’s cultured gentleman;
his all but tough guy ways endlessly amusing and scene-stealing.
I found the comedy well done, if typical; it isn’t gut-wrenching
laughter, but entertaining nonetheless.
are efforts to insert more layers to the characters, especially
Michael, who grapples some career and commitment issues, but
the transition in plot is confusing and the direction rather
disappointing, considering some of the work Derek Yee has
done. The love story evokes little affection among the audience
and begins to lose steam as the shifts in tone become abrupt
and careless, the excuses made for the couple’s union
and breakup are simply too flimsy to thoroughly engage. Granted,
the movie is supposed to be a lighthearted one, but it is
still a romantic comedy with criteria to fulfill.
romantic comedy genre is perhaps one of the most abused in
the industry, for the simple reason that it is genuinely difficult
to produce a solid romantic comedy. “Drink Drank Drunk”
made certain attempts at striking a balance between comedy
and romance, but it failed to bank in on the comedy (and Miriam
Yeung), which would have earned the movie a better review.
It’s hardly a chore to sit through, as mentioned, Miriam
Yeung and Daniel Wu provide hilarious and eye-candy respite,
but it could have been so much better.
starting off strong, it begins to sputter and stall as the
focus is taken off Miriam Yeung. “Drink Drank Drunk”
is ultimately under-utilized but good for some laughs)
by Angeline Chui