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Tom, Dick and Hairy
Year: 1993
Lawrence Cheng and the two Tony Leungs
Director: Peter Chan Ho-Sun, Lee Chi-Ngai
Producer: Gordon Chan Car-Seung, Claudie Chung Chun
Writer: James Yuen Sai-Sang, Lee Chi-Ngai, Chan Hing-Kai
Cast: Tony Leung Chiu-Wai, Tony Leung Ka-Fai, Lawrence Cheng Tan-Shui, Ann Bridgewater (Park On-Ney), Anita Yuen Wing-Yee, Athena Chu Yun, Lau Kam-Ling, Michael Chow Man-Kin, Vivian Chow Wai-Man (cameo)
The Skinny: Myriad "guy issues" populate this overstuffed UFO entry that's quite fun and entertaining despite all the exposition. If you see this for the stars and the buoyant energy, you won't be disappointed.
Review
by Kozo:
     The United Filmmakers Organization brought us this comedy about three bachelors who share an apartment and an assortment of nineties guy troubles. Peter Chan and Lee Chi-Ngai take their usual assortment of UFO actors and give us an enjoyable and overstuffed little movie.
     Tony Leung Chiu-Wai is Tom, a nice guy whoís engaged to a high-maintenance woman named Joyce. He's stuck in a go-nowhere job and one night he takes home a club girl named Cat (Ann Bridgewater) and sleeps with her. His roommate Dick (Tony Leung Ka-Fai) is an aging lothario who canít realize what he wants and plays the field incessantly. Though he appears to be a decent, caring guy, he uses his long-suffering girlfriend Fong (Anita Yuen) as insurance every night, guaranteeing that he has someone to sleep with. Lawrence Cheng is Giorgio (Hairy is just a name to complete the pun in the title), a fey shy guy who canít meet women and has a Vivian Chow fixation. He engages in a dating service and ends up with a guy named Michelle (Michael Chow). Finally, Athena Chu is Tomís younger sister, who has a crush on Dick.
     The result of all these intricate relationships and character descriptions is actually a pretty good relationship comedy with some terrific stars in the leads. The story itself is woven together pretty well, and the characters are engaging. As this is a "guy's story," some of their attitudes and relationships could strain likeability, but the writers manage to portray the commitment phobias and guy-issues as possibly damaging. This isn't a win-win comedy where everybody comes out happy, and even the happy endings seem to have caveats.
     As this is a UFO production, we get the usual doses of wordy self-examination and verbalized epiphany. However, we also get wacky musical numbers and an energetic spirit that's quite fun. It's questionable what weight the nineties guy issues actually carries, but that uncertainty doesn't stop this movie from being as entertaining as they come.
(Kozo 1996)
Availability: DVD (Hong Kong)
Region 0 NTSC
Mei Ah Laser
Widescreen (Cropped from 1.85:1 to 1.66:1)
Cantonese and Mandarin Language Tracks
English and Chinese Subtitles

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