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Feel 100%...once more
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Year: 1996 "Hold on, I'm out of batteries."
Sammi Cheng and Ekin Cheng (no relation)
Director: Joe Ma Wai-Ho
Cast: Ekin Cheng Yee-Kin (Dior Cheng), Sammi Cheng Sau-Man, Chingmy Yau Suk-Ching, Eric Kot Man-Fai, Gigi Leung Wing-Kei, Cheung Tat-Ming, Andy Hui Chi-On, Michael Tse Tin-Wah, Law Kar-Ying, Lan Sai (Madam Nancy), Matthew Chow Hoi-Kwong
The Skinny: This uneven sequel has some moments of charm but contrived plotting and unlikable characters make it inferior to the first film.
by Kozo:
     A sequel in name and stars only, Feel 100%...Once More succeeds at being less silly and frivilous than its wacky predecessor, but a whole lot less fun, too.
     Dior Cheng is Marco, a childish fellow who takes a trip to Japan with his high-maintenance girlfriend Yen (Sammi Cheng). However, things go awry and they have a spat somewhere along the way. Marco ends up getting it on with Gobby (Chingmy Yau), leaving Yen in the dust. Meanwhile, Emma (the ever-cute Gigi Leung) begins an awkward relationship with Siu-Man (Cheung Tat-Ming). The two wrestle over their mismatch: she’s pretty, he’s not. Eric Kot hangs out in an extended cameo, providing welcome and unobtrusive support.
     Joe Ma once again slams us with Generation X spewings of love. That’s all well and good, but most of his characters in this film are shallow and whiny. That they’re so petty and materialistic is a detail that feels real, but it’s sometimes hard to care for them. The situations are strained, the dialogue cheesy (never have more characters engaged in undue metaphor) and the overused terminal disease plot feels false.
     On the positive side, Chingmy Yau turns in one of her most subtle, appealing performances. Dior Cheng acts a bit more than he usually does, though to what degree of success is debatable. Sammi Cheng has a great screen presence, but her character is unlikable despite seeming believably real. You would not believe the amount of Armani Exchange and DKNY stuff that appears in this film. Someone signed a lot of product placement contracts. Feel 100%...once more also proves that even Joe Ma owes a lot to Wong Kar-Wai. The “Marco” brand watch says it all. Joe Ma: your streak ends here! (Kozo 1997)
Theme song: "Tacit Agreement" by Sammi Cheng
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The 16th Annual Hong Kong Film Awards
Nomination - Best Song ("Tacit Agreement", performed by Sammi Cheng Sau-Man)
Availability: DVD (Hong Kong)
Region 0 NTSC
Universe Laser
Cantonese and Mandarin Language Tracks
Dolby Digital 5.1
Removable English and Chinese Subtitles
Also see: Feel 100% (1996)
Feel 100% II (2001)
image courtesy of the Hong Kong Film Critics Society Copyright ©2002-2017 Ross Chen