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Your Place or Mine
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Tony Leung Chiu-Wai and Ada Choi
Chinese: 每天愛您8小時
Year: 1998
Director: James Yuen Sai-Sang
Producer: Wong Jing
Writer: James Yuen Sai-Sang
Cast: Tony Leung Chiu-Wai, Alex Fong Chung-Sun, Vivian Hsu, Ada Choi Siu-Fun, Suki Kwan Sau-Mei, Spencer Lam Seung-Yi, Eileen Tung Oi-Ling, Alan Mak Siu-Fai, Zuki Lee Si-Pui, Felix Chong Man-Keung
The Skinny: Well-written and acted comedy-drama that recalls the better UFO movies from years past.
 
Review
by Kozo:

This BOB production from Wong Jing enlists the aid of writer-director James Yuen Sai-Sang for a satisfying twist on the UFO movie. Tony Leung is Cheung Suk-Wai, a famous image designer who finds love a minefield. His curse: to create female media idols and fall in love with them - only to be dumped when they become more famous than he. His newest project is cute mainlander Ah Yu (Vivian Hsu), who he resists before succumbing to. He simultaneously becomes attracted to his strict new boss Vivian (Ada Choi), who is rumored to be a lesbian. Meanwhile, best pal Patrick (Alex Fong) finds himself questioning his player lifestyle when he falls for his longtime friend Mei (Suki Kwan).

As is typical with these sitcom UFO set-ups, the plot gets resolved with wit, insight, and plentiful metaphor. This is a well-written and well-acted piece of HK entertainment that is reminiscent of Yuenís past scripts, as well as the work of US auteur Woody Allen. In particular, the film seems to share a link to the 1993 UFO film Tom, Dick, and Hairy. Both films deal with the male experience of romance, and both films leave their issues fully explored but ultimately ambiguous. Itís refreshing to find a well-written commercial HK film thatís as thoroughly enjoyable as this one.

After too many seemingly dour roles, Tony Leung rebounds with an inspired comic performance. Equally good is Alex Fong, who shows range as the pathetically likable Patrick. On the other hand, Vivian Hsuís performance hurts the film, though it may be a fault of her idealized character, which is an otaku's pin-up girl fantasy. More credit should be given to Ada Choi, who gives her difficult character emotional depth - to the point where we feel she deserves better. There really are no easy answers in this film, which is odd because itís essentially a fluffy comedy. (Kozo 1998)

 
Awards: 18th Annual Hong Kong Film Awards
• Nomination - Best Supporting Actor (Alex Fong Chung-Sun)
Availability: DVD (Hong Kong)
Region 0 NTSC
Universe Laser
Widescreen
Cantonese and Mandarin Language Tracks
Removable English and Chinese Subtitles

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