This splendid little movie is a surprise given its inclusion in the hackneyed 90’s
romance genre that's sprung from the success of last year's
Feel 100%. The plot is set up thusly: three friends
(Andy Hui, Wallace Chung, and Jan Lam) begin a contest to
find Karen (Shum Yuk-Mei), a particular girl they all like.
The limits: one month, and no advertising or radio. The prize:
the losers withdraw and the winner gets free reign to woo
three of our protagonists go about their quest in different
ways. Andy Hui enlists the aid of a policewoman (Shu Qi),
who’s mooning over her ex-boyfriend Shing (Wan Yeung-Ming),
a tough triad. Wallace Chung meets a free-spirited street
girl (Theresa Lee), who becomes his unlikely object of affection.
Jan Lam consults an oracle that tells him to meet his intended
on a bus. Instead of finding Karen, he befriends the bus driver
(Christine Ng), who’s in the midst of a domestic crisis. Slowly
all three friends discover what you expect they will: that
maybe the one next to them is better than the one they all
While the set-up for this film is
paper-thin, director-writer Riley Yip manages to craft an
extremely entertaining and even touching little movie out
of it. The beauty of this film is found in the well-drawn
characters and the exacting attention to the minutiae that
make up the serendipity and longing of love. There is a real
sense of feeling to the trials of the characters, and a breeziness
and free spirit that recalls Wong Kar-Wai’s Chungking Express.
The actors range from passable to amazing, with Shu Qi running
off with the acting award for her lovely, understated work.
The script and direction are excellent, as are Jingle Ma’s
cinematography and the eclectic music. This could be the best
Feel 100% movie ever. (Kozo 1997)