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I want to get married
Year: 2003 "Well...he's better than Ekin."
Kristy Yeung and Sam Lee
Director: Yip Wai-Ying
Producer: Nam Yin, Takkie Yeung Yat-Tak
Cast: Kristy Yeung Kung-Yu, Sam Lee Chan-Sam, Ken Wong Hap-Hei, Fennie Yuen Kit-Ying, Lai Yiu-Cheung, Maria Cordero, Simon Lui Yu-Yeung, Bat Leung-Gum, Lo Meng, Joe Cheung Tung-Cho, Law Koon-Lan, Emily Kwan Bo-Wai
The Skinny: Wholly average romantic drama that has likable stars but not much else. The conflicts and story are by-the-numbers and without any inspiration, which is nothing new for a B&S Films production. At least it wasn't shot on video.
Review
by Kozo:
     Kristy Yeung is May, a fishmonger's daughter who spends her days hawking fish and feeling depressed about her lack of romantic suitors. Luckily, a new guy named Chris (Ken Wong) shows up and sweeps her off her feet. He's everything a poor girl would want: rich, handsome and a ticket out of the lower classes. Chris sets her up with a new job and new clothes, but the Cinderella story isn't as easy as it looks. May is largely uncultured and disdained by Chris' upper-crust parents (Joe Cheung and Law Koon-Lan). Even more, May happens to be the spitting image of Chris' dead girlfriend, which causes the usual "does he actually love me" doubts. And May's childhood friend Wayne (Sam Lee) carries a not-too-secret torch for his longtime pal. True, he may be less of a hunk and have worse hair than Chris, but he's a really nice guy. Will May see that before it's too late?
     Thanks to the cheap fellows at B&S Films, Kristy Yeung gets the rare opportunity to headline a romantic drama. Sadly, like most B&S product, the film is hurt by the usual assortment of cheap filmmaking issues: a poor script, hackneyed storylines and wildly inconsistent acting. But hey, at least I want to get married wasn't shot on video. No time needs to be spent discussing a flat video image or harsh lighting. Instead, we can point out the film's washed out, grainy cinematography and use-your-own-apartment art direction. Then again, this is a B&S Films production. To even discuss the film in a critical manner would be foolish. If you don't drop your expectations before checking out this picture, a destroyed television tube is likely.
     So with lowered expectations in place, what can this movie get you? Well, not much really. Kristy Yeung is exceptionally pretty, and watching her struggle with high heels and fancy clothes has its own minor charms. And Sam Lee is a winning romantic lead, as his everyguy personality makes it easy to root for him. He even seems to project some form of inner emotion, which is remarkable considering nobody else in the movie can be bothered to. Co-stars Simon Lui, Maria Cordero, Lai Yiu-Cheung and Fennie Yuen manage amusing cartoonish performances, but their histrionic excess is a symptom of these B&S flicks. To wit: they're slapped together messily without much obvious forethought or skill. Director Yip Wai-Ying directs the film with the subtle touch of a paint scraper, and the ham-handed script doesn't help either. On some level, all of this could be amusing time-killing, but only as primetime TVB fare with commercials starring Andy Lau and Kelly Chen to break the monotony. And only if there's nothing else on television. (Kozo 2003)
Availability: DVD (Hong Kong)
Region 0 NTSC
Modern Audio
Widescreen
Cantonese and Mandarin Language Tracks
Embedded English and Chinese Subtitles

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