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Only Fools Fall in Love
Year: 1995
Lau Ching-Wan and Wu Chien-Lien
Director: Vincent Kok Tak-Chiu
Producer: Johnnie To Kei-Fung
Cast: Lau Ching-Wan, Wu Chien-Lien, Yuen Wah, Dayo Wong Chi-Wah, Jerry Lamb Hiu-Fung, Roy Chiao, Bak Ka-Sin, Vincent Kok Tak-Chiu, Billy Lau Nam-Kwong, Tang Chi-Fung
The Skinny: Entertaining comedy from Vincent Kok and Johnnie To that's funny without being insulting or overbearing. Lau Ching-Wan and Wu Chien-Lien continue to work well together.
by Kozo:
     Johnnie To produced this formulaic yet likable tale about Ford (Lau Ching-Wan), a stuck-up rich man who gets Regarding Henry disease. Ford gets hit on the head thanks to his jealous brother Dayo Wong’s scheming and instead of croaking he becomes an idiot with a penchant for acting silly and pathetically cute. 
     Due to all sorts of circumstances he gets taken in by feisty, independent Dee (Wu Chien-Lien, in “cute” mode). Dee and her dad (Yuen Wah) once made a deal with Dayo to screw Ford, so neither wants him around or they might feel guilty. They change their tune when Ford proves surprisingly useful (he’s got that Rainman autistic thing going), and soon Dee actually starts to have feelings for him. Eventually, Ford receives a chance to regain his social position, but he must prove himself to be not an idiot, which is harder than it sounds. 
     Lau Ching-Wan's performance is gratingly endearing, which is both good and bad; it works but it can get really annoying. If you buy his performance and it doesn’t make you want to kick the television, then the movie’s good. Wu Chien-Lien is Wu Chien-Lien, which is good news for nearly any HK flick nowadays. As Dee’s father, perennial bad-guy stuntman Yuen Wah is incredibly likable and funny. First-time director Vincent Kok holds everything together without getting too overbearing or sappy. An entertaining film. 
(Kozo 1996)
Availability: DVD (Hong Kong)
Region 0 NTSC
Mei Ah Entertainment
16x9 Anamorphic Widescreen
Cantonese and Mandarin Language Tracks
Dolby Digital 5.1
Removable English and Chinese subtitles

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