In Mandarin with English and Chinese Subtitles
Director: Robin Lee (The Shoe Fairy)
Cast: Peter Ho, Eddie Peng, Terri Kwan, Yu
Runtime: 1 hr 33 mins
Released By: GV and Encore Films
Official Website: www.encorefilms.com/dnaloveyou
Opening Day: 11 Oct 2007
Gigi and Marlene, two single women both in their late 20’s,
work at a bio-technology company, researching and developing
medicine to suppress specific genes and their effects on the
human body. Gigi has ‘clean-freak’ gene but her
boyfriend, Anteater, is a slob. She steals new untested drugs
to suppress her natural behaviour so that she can be with
on the other hand, is born with the ‘fat gene’
and has been taking anti-fat pills to control it. At this
time, she falls in love with landlord’s son, Teddy.
Her lift gets complicated when the drug was withdrawn from
the girls find true love with some help from Science?
I watched director Robin Lee's first feature film last year
when it was part of the FOCUS: First Cuts series of movies,
which showcased the works of up and coming Asian directors.
That movie was a modern day romance fairy tale which starred
Vivian Hsu. She continues with the fairy tale romance genre
with this movie, flanked by a relatively young, contemporary,
and good looking cast with Peter Ho, Terri Kwan, Eddie Peng
and Yu Nan.
guess being a female director, it's easier to tackle romantic
tales from the female perspective. Like in the Japanese movie
Nana, the story here centers on two female friends, Marlene
(Yu) and Gigi (Kwan), two housemates who can't be any more
different in their attitudes toward relationships. It's a
saccharine sweet tale with nary a moment of adversary, as
every issue brought up has a happily ever after resolution
conveniently waiting in the wings, such that the narrative
is pretty much plain sailing into the land of mediocrity.
those teenage romantic novels with lofty ideals about love,
the story takes you on a journey of the two girls. Although
the story has the buzzword of gene therapy weaved into it,
with a fictional bio-tech company the girls are working for
having come up with new "anti fat gene pills", there's
nothing really scientific about it at all. Rather, like all
the plot threads in the movie, there are pills for everything,
like a magic silver bullet solution, providing quick fixes
to physical appearances, emotional and psychological ugliness,
and plot development.
relies on the anti-fat pill to stay slim, and here she tackles
the issue of long distance relationship with her boyfriend
Seahorse (don't ask, as it seemed like all the male characters
here don't have decent names). Being emotionally detached,
a chance at new love presents itself with the landlord's son
cum neighbour Teddy (Peng) - will she buckle to the opportunity,
or stick steadfastly with her man? Gigi on the other hand,
is an OCD cleanliness freak, and after having broken up with
her boyfriend, Fate presents her an old schoolmate Anteater
(Ho). As opposite attracts and Fate having a sense of bad
humour, her potential beau is a slob. Her solution? Turning
to an experimental "anti cleanliness gene pill"
to fix herself up.
I'll stick my neck out to say that this movie will probably
appeal more to the female crowd than the male. Marlene and
Gigi, especially the latter, are walking fashion models, decked
out in pretty outfits, and each being mouthpieces of seriousness
and klutz respectively. Good looking male leads provide eye
candy too, and watching them all engage in antics without
taking themselves too seriously, would probably appeal to
those on a similar wavelength.
not to say that I don't enjoy movies such as these, but sadly
there isn't anything here that had reached out and connected
to me. Perhaps I belong to the wrong demographics? But should
you be looking for something more lighthearted, without the
emotional depths to weigh you down or sour your mood, then
this movie might just be the perfect pill for you to chase
those blues away.
(Fluffy, breezy entertainment, nothing more)
Review by Stefan Shih