Director: Law Wing-cheong
Starring: Eason Chan, Miriam Yeung
RunTime: 1 hr 37 mins
Released By: Shaw
Official Website: www.hookedonyouthemovie.com
Opening Day: 28 June 2007
It is the summer of 1997, 27-year old Miu starts working as
a fishmonger at Fortune Market to pay the heavy debts of her
philandering father. She sets a 3-year plan for herself: before
she turns 30, she shall clear her father’s debts, leave
the wet market, find a man worthy of her and break the spell
of her bad karma.
No sooner has she set foot on the Markey than she finds herself
at loggerheads with Mr Fish in neighboring stall. A fierce
battle of survival is unleashed, only to turn into a mutual
entente when the existence of Fortune Market is jeopardized
by the aggressive emergence of supermarket mega-stores. Their
camaraderie has blossomed into deeper feelings for each other,
an unanticipated development that Miu is not ready to embrace.
After years of shunning love, Miu finally comes to an epiphany:
criteria, identities and deadlines have no significance ultimately,
what truly matters is finding this special someone whom you
love and treasure…
Everyone have their own set of criteria for their desired
Can’t be too fat, can’t be too short, can’t
be inspired to settle for a job as a restaurant manager in
a fast food chain as lifelong occupation and so the list goes
on and on.
What if one day, you met someone who you are unexplainably
emotionally attached to but fate would to have it, this person
fails the most important criteria for your standard for a
That what happens to Miu (Miriam Yeung), a hardworking lady
with her own aspiration in life but somehow, life has other
plan for her. Her number one criteria for her ideal man was
that he cannot be in a hawker or market vendor’s trade.
An understandable choice as she wishes to leave the difficult
grinding lifestyle of working in a market and being a hawker’s
wife or girlfriend would mean no escape from this hardship.
Through different trials and tribulations that were thrown
in her ways, one guy (Mr Fish, played by Eason Chan) stood
by her all along and unconscientiously, she started to develop
feelings for him that she wasn’t ready for.
Not exactly a new take in the difficult path that some lovers
have to take (the first movie with a similar theme that came
into mind was Comrades: Almost a Love Story) but this movie
offers a few cinematic gold of it’s own.
of all, the romance that bubbling between Mui and Mr Fish
was subtly created in the midst of comedic situation. Hooked
on You has just the right amount of nudge and pull that creates
an endearing romance between the two leads, nothing too over
the top or romantic events that are forced into your throat
here. It boils down to capturing the moment without too much
fanfare but skillfully leaving a memorable sting. Moments
such as one hesitation could reveal much more about true feeling
than the person is willing to tell. There’s just enough
here to make the audience root for this couple to get together
in the end.
lot had to do with Miriam Yeung and Eason Chen’s personalities
that they are already so well known for, in this delivery
of their performance. Parts of Eason Chen’s charm lies
in playing dejected character or characters that are carrying
lots of emotional baggage and he utilized them well to make
the audience feel for his anguish without the need for overly
melodrama. Miriam Yeung on the other hand had proved that
she could deliver from seriousness (watch: Three Extreme:
Dumplings) to zaniness (watch: Love Undercover) and she impressed
with a careful balance of those two extremities in this movie.
supporting characters were stupendous too, especially Mui’s
Dad that was played by Fung Shui Fan who had not been seen
in the big screen for a extended period of time. His performance
as an unremorseful gambler and lascivious dad brought back
the memorable Hong Kong’s eighties nonsensical comedic
humors (without the unnecessary crudeness). Together with
the other supporting cast members such as David Lo, they help
to paint a colorful background to this love story, making
it even more endearing and memorable.
aspect that sparkles for this movie would be the splices of
witty dialogue that would crack you up and after that, it
will make you consider about the validity of what was said.
One example would be funniest line would be from Mui’s
Dad, “Those who engage the prostitute services are better
than those who keep mistress”. As twisted as it might
sound, it actually made some sense if you give it some serious
thoughts to it.
on the nostalgia past was another highlight of the film. Once
the film brought out the familiar face mask, one would quickly
and easily remember how Sars had plagued and terrorized us.
Or how the millennium bug was not what we thought it would
be. It became amusing to catch what events will the filmmaker
use to mark the passing of each year for Mui and Mr Fish’s
relationship. This way of story telling through the backdrop
of modernization also showcase how sometimes, while pursuing
the ideal life, we neglect and discard away so many things
that are good with the old.
on You is laced with lighthearted jokes and situation but
it also unveils some of our darkest fears. It sprouts meaningful
wisdom on life choices and yet amuse at the same time. It’s
not a film without it’s fault (some cuts between scenes
felt they were too quick and certain parts didn’t connect
well) but it’s big on heart and that what matters most.
(This year’s most fluffy bittersweet romantic comedy
from Hong Kong)
Review by Richard Lim Jr