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Green Hat
Year: 1995
Director: Alfred Cheung Kin-Ting
Cast: Jade Leung Jing, Alfred Cheung Kin-Ting, Farini Chang
The Skinny: No one in this film wears a green, purple, or chartreuse hat. The film is also incredibly uninteresting, even with Jade Leung.
by Kozo:
     The Hong Kong version of a sex comedy, directed by and starring Alfred Cheung. He's one half of a bored married couple (action goddess Jade Leung is the other) who are looking to spice things up. At the behest of various others, the two hit the bars to find new partners. Alfred throws on a wig (he needs to hide that receding hairline), and Jade ditches her frumpy housewife clothes, unsightly braces and dorky glasses. Then, in the mother of all coincidencs, the two find themselves in the same bar and hit on each another. And the audience, of supposed average intelligence, is supposed to believe that they don't recognize one another. Maybe Cheung expects us to be drunk.
      The "green hat" title is a Chinese reference to being cheated on, or cuckolded, or something in the "my partner is not with me" vein. Exact cultural lessons aside, the film is as exciting as a dead mosquito, which means it's intolerably boring. It's nice to see Jade Leung trying out new things, but this is hardly the vehicle I'd like to see her in. Isn't there a good comedy, or maybe even a (gasp!) drama she could do? I would ask Alfred Cheung to branch out, but it seems he's already done everything there is to do in the Hong Kong Cinema industry. Watch something else, like the wall. (Kozo 1995)
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