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ALL'S WELL END'S WELL 2009

ALL'S WELL END'S WELL 2009

Kei's (Ronald Cheng) eldest sister Sandra (Sandra Ng) is a hot-tempered magazine editor and her temperament has left her single all this while. One of the family rules is that none of the siblings could get married before their eldest sister. Kei seeks help from the famous Casanova, Koo Chai (Louis Koo), to pretend to court his eldest sister and lure her into the mood of love. With Sandra falling in love with Koo Chai, he in turn falls in love with another girl, Mun.

Language: Cantonese
Subtitle: Na
Classification: U
General Release Date: 23 Jan 2009
Genre: Comedy / Romance
Running Time: 1 Hour 36 Minutes
Distributor: GOLDEN SCREEN CINEMAS
Cast: Louis Koo, Ronald Cheng, Sandra Ng, Raymond Wong
Director: Vincent Kok
Format: NA



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Review
Writer: Ezekiel Lee Zhiang Yang

Writer Ratings:
Overall: 4.0 Out of 5
Cast: 3.5 Out of 5
Plot: 3.0 Out of 5
Effects: 3.5 Out of 5
Cinematography: 3.5 Out of 5

Watch this if you liked: "All's Well End's Well" franchise

At last, 2009 opens with a "real Hong Kong Cantonese movie', to let us forget the blurring borders of the Chinese movie industry, at least for a little while.

The lucrative Chinese New Year season cannot find a worthier money-spinner than "All's Well End's Well 2009", especially when old-timers like Sandra Ng and Raymond Wong are part of the effort. Effortlessly charming and enjoyably illogical, the movie is harks back to the old days of HK filmmaking when characters and actors were often one and the same.

There are no laugh-out-louds in this fourth instalment but there are plenty of giggles. The humour is built on character mannerisms and we can be happy about that, especially when it's the simple overused story on the unfeminine ball-breaker woman who gets played out by a playboy-for-hire only to find love somehow in the end. New mum Sandra Ng plays this ball-breaker, having long been synonymous with all non-traditional women roles in Hong Kong acting. It's always a joy to watch her just stand there and do whatever comes to her mind. However, Louis Koo's romantic roles have never been convincing and in this movie, he is found wanting. The chemistry between them is also forced, just like in the plot. Good thing Happy Ghost Raymond Wong enters the movie halfway to give us another male lead to look at. There's also a cameo for Charlene Choi to look out for but with the exception of Ronald Chen, the supporting characters could have done more if director Vincent Kok cooked up something better for their time.

Performances aside, there are many scenes referencing other movies (even Hollywood ones) and Sandra Ng's water-splashing sidewalk dance is rather amusing, not to mention a clever cover-up of who's who involving Sandra's boyfriend in front of her confused parents.

The 'mou lei tau' from Stephen Chow's opener in 1992 seems very far away now, with this diverse but controlled humour we are asked to accept. It's like a complete package of 'safe' surprises. Well, let's hope it's going to be a good year then.

Cinema Online, 20 January 2009
   

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