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Genre: Romance/Drama
Starring: Stephy Tang, Linda Chung, Sammy Leung, Alex Fong, Miki Yeung, Hins Cheung, Terry Wu
Director: Patrick Kong
Rating: PG
Year Made: 2007




- Trailers
- Making of




Languages: Chinese/Cantonese
Subtitles: English/Chinese
Sound: -
Running Time: 1 hr 43 mins
Region Code: 3
Distributor: Scorpio East




Bo (Stephy Tang) discovers that Qing's (Linda Chung) husband, Rong (Sammy), is having an affair, but promises Rong to keep it a secret. One day, she meets her ex-boyfriend Ryan (Alex Fong) and discovers that the incidents that happened 3 years ago were misunderstandings and Ryan's feelings for Bo have never changed. Meanwhile, Qing mistook Bo for the third party in her marriage and Bo has no choice but to tell her the truth. Together, they come up with a plan to expose Rong.....


I dare to say most moviegoers outside HK territory might find this title unfamiliar. However, this is not to conclude that this straight-to-video title is a dud.

“Love is not around” is written and directed by Patrick Kong who has penned several quirky comedies such as “Men Suddenly In Black” and “Dragon Loaded”. His third directorial feature is a rousing effort which touches on an universal theme called “love”.

Stephy Tang plays Bo, a pretty woman who switches boyfriends often and has admirers all over, from Doctor Joe (played by Mainland singer Hins Cheung) to her ex-boyfriend Ryan (ex-national swimmer turns singer/actor Alex Fong) and to add on to more relationship problems, she found out her best friend’s husband is having an affair with another of her friend. If the above confuses you, fret not as the plot simply revolves around Bo’s love life and friendship.

If Patrick Kong is trying to use Bo’s character as a reflection of the love lives of today’s women living in a metropolitan world, then I should say most ladies would identified with Bo somehow. A longing penchant for an ex-boyfriend? Check. A friend’s hubby is having an affair? Check. A secret admirer might be out there? Check. Familiar yet real stories that are happening around us.

With the exception of some embarrassing, awkward scenes that are meant to be funny (the scene where Bo’s eyes are singed by washing liquid) and a slew of mushy cheesy dialogues, “Love is not around” is surprisingly a watchable romance drama.

Boasting no A-list stars or eye-popping production values and somewhat cliché at times, what Kong has to offer is a light-heartened look at this four-letter word called “Love”.


This Scorpio East release consists of the movie trailer and some short interview features with the cast and crew. Director Patrick Kong claims “Love is not around” is a true story. Well, he might be true after all. In addition, Royston Tan’s “881” teaser trailer is also included.


Visual transfer is passable and kudos for the dual track, this DVD comes equipped with the original Cantonese and Mandarin dubbing.



Review by Linus Tee


Other titles from Scorpio East:

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. Ming Ming

. Love And Honor

. Jump In

. Ultraman Mebius & Ultraman Brothers

. Primeval

. Forest of Death

. The Fox and the Hound 2

. The Fox and the Hound

. Dumbo

. One Last Dance

. Protege

. The Curse of the Golden Flower

. A Battle Of Wits

. Rain Dogs

. Heavenly Mission

. Exiled

. Operation Undercover

. Diary

. Fatal Contact

. Singapore Dreaming

. Rob-B-Hood

. On The Edge

. The World's Fastest Indian

. Dragon Tiger Gate

. Unarmed Combat

. Crazy Stone

. Election 2

. We Are Family

. I Not Stupid Too

. The Shoe Fairy

. 2 Becomes 1

. 49 Days


. Dragon Eye Congee

. A Chinese Tall Story

. Perhaps Love


. Election

. The Myth

. Wait 'Til You're Older

. The Maid


This review is made possible with the kind support from Scorpio East


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