Drink, Drank, Drunk (2005)

Reviewed by: dandan
Date: 09/29/2007
Summary: drenk, dronk...

siu-min is a "beer girl", who wants to find a (sober) man and settle down. michael (daniel wu) is a well travelled chef, who cannot handle his booze and has a restaurant where no one eats. siu-min takes pity on him and, seeing the chance to hook up with a handsome chap and get her hands on a business, siu-min offers to bale him out of trouble, providing that she can run his restaurant as as cafe during the day. so, a deal is struck, but will they fall in love and will michael get itchy feet and want to set off on more travels etc etc etc...

what we have here is an uninspiring romantic comedy. the narrative is a bit of a mess, forcing its way from one tired cliche to another, creating a relationship which appears neither genuine or natural. there's little, to no, chemistry between wu and yeung and, to be honest, you just don't care about the characters or, even, really like them. surely a cardinal sin in the world of rom-comodia?

a bit of a let down...

Reviewed by: j.crawford
Date: 03/18/2007
Summary: a satisfying brew.....

Actor/producer Henry Fong Ping teams up with award-winning director Derek Yee Tung-Sing to make a film about beer. That's right, beer. That's what Mr. Fong claims in the making-of featurette included in the DVD. They package their beer with a love story, some comedy, and some other general weirdness and fun stuff to deliver a satisfying brew to the viewing audience.

Miriam Yeung Chin-Wah and Daniel Wu Yin-Cho are teamed up for the 3rd time, thanks to the screen chemistry they've shared since Love Undercover. Screenplay by Yee and Jessica Fong Ching make good use of star power to keep things moving quickly. Two talented actors, Alex Fong Chung-Sun and Vincent Kok Tak-Chiu, don't disappoint in silly supporting roles.

Reviewer Score: 7

Reviewed by: Sydneyguy
Date: 07/29/2006
Summary: Boring

A romantic comedy which doesnt deliver the laughs.

Daniel Wu shows he is a pretty boy but not the best actor in the world (is he drunk or did he just take some drugs?) and Miriam doesnt have to do much acting either. The one highlight of the movie for me was Alex fong, who for me, steals the show as his character is over the top. This role suits him

When will the make a romantic comedy about the GUYS side of things, hearing "oh i must have a handsome boyfriend" or "my boyfriend must be rich" just annoys me. Why cant girls just be straight up like guys instead of playing there little games. At least thats the message i got out of this movie, a little education for both sexes

Reviewer Score: 4

Reviewed by: mrblue
Date: 10/27/2005

Derek Yee, writer/director of One Nite in Mongkok (one of last year's few truly good movies to come out of Hong Kong) offers up his take on the romantic comedy genre with Drink, Drank, Drunk. The film reunites the stars of the popular Love Undercover movies, with Miriam Yueng playing a "beer girl" who bumps into a very drunk chef, played by Daniel Wu. Daniel's attempt at a French cafe has flopped, but Miriam feels sorry for him, so she lends him money to re-open the cafe, on the condition that she be able to run it as a coffee shop during the day. One thing leads to another, and the duo eventually become a couple. Things look to be set for a happy ending, but a friend from Daniel's past (Andrew Lin) and a job offer from a pretty new boss (Ella Koon) seem to be destined to break up the couple.

Long-time readers of this site will probably know that romantic comedies aren't my cup of tea, and Drink, Drank, Drunk didn't do much to change my opinion. It's the usual sort of stuff for a movie of this type -- boy meets girl, boy loses girl, a sappy Cantopop ballad plays, boy gets girl back. There are a couple of chuckles generated during the running time (mostly from Alex Fong, who plays a Triad boss who has a crush on Miriam), but most of the comedy falls flat, especially the jokes surrounding Vincent Kok, who plays Miriam's gay best friend and who delivers "zingers" that wouldn't even be put on a Will and Grace blooper reel. Perhaps if I was actually a fan of Miriam Yeung, I might have gotten more out of Drink, Drank, Drunk, but when you combine her annoying mannerisms (such as thinking that screaming at the top of her lungs equals comedy gold) along with a weak script, I can only give this movie a very mild recommendation.

[review from www.hkfilm.net]

Reviewed by: evirei
Date: 09/28/2005
Summary: A good show to watch when you feel like getting drunk

Drink Drank Drunk started of with a weak 1980's intro. Showing scene of busy night market with name of directors and all. Despite the weak intro, the movie started of with a lot of funny jokes here and there. By the first 15 minutes of the movie, most of the characters in the movie has been introduced. Miriam Yeung take the role as a beer promoter who has this nick called "Chin pui patt jui" which also means she is a person who is not easily drunk. Met up with Daniel Wu, a french chef who can't drink for shit. They bump in to one another, play a little cat and mouse game and then got together.

They then started to be partners when Wu's restaurant was in financial problem, while Miriam always wanted to own her own restaurant. They soon started to fall in love with each other and believe they could live happily ever after until Wu's friend drop by for a visit.

Wu, eventually was a wanderer who doesn't want to stop going around, wandering and doesn't want to be tied down. And after the visit from Wu's friends problems start to arise. The vulcano finally burst when a famous food enterprise came for a visit and invited Wu to work for her at a more high class place.

Miriam was jealous when she sensed that the businesswoman was in love with Wu and asked Wu to stay. Wu thinks she was trying to change him and tied him down and they both broke up.

When Wu finally found out that the businesswoman was actually only using their charm to attract customers into their high class restaurant, he was so furious and quit. He then went back to Miriam and pretend he was drunk and well.. yeah they got back together. (Of course... what else could happen?)

I just never understand. Guys are always like that. When they meet up with problems they will just float up right in front of you. When they wanted to leave, they can be just so cruel. It makes me wonder in this show weather Wu is really in love with Miriam. Well... I guess we can never know... hahaha... It's just a happy ending comedy show after all.

Rating: 61/2 out of 10

Reviewer Score: 6

Reviewed by: xiaoka
Date: 08/27/2005
Summary: very standard...

Drink Drank Drunk' the latest (3rd?) Romantic Comedy paring of Daniel Wu and Miriam Yeung.

I saw it in Causeway Bay last thursday afternoon. Miriam plays a beer girl at a Hot Pot restaurant and Daniel plays a wannabe french chef from overseas. Their paths cross, they become business partners, then start dating, much hilarity ensues...

This one is pretty much a paint-by-the-numbers HK romantic comedy... differing little from the standard routine - boy meets girl, they fall in love, they break up, right at the end they realize that they are meant for eachother, they find eachother, get back together, the end.

Miriam's character is similar to all her others... cute but not pretty, pure of heart, yet a little bit sassy and yet clumsy (not as clumsy as the cop in Love Undercover maybe). In this film her nickname is 'Qian Bei Bu Zui' (the chinese title of the film - "a 1000 glasses, not drunk" - but her superpowers to drink are a very minor plot point (it seems like another one of those cases of coming up with a catchy title first and then trying to fit it into a movie).

Since this is a romantic comedy, Daniel has to limit himself to the /generally good at heart/ type roles he played in films like Love Undercover 1,2, etc. Vincent Kwok plays Miriam's gay boss. His performance was generally pretty entertaining, but unfortunately a lot of stereotyping exists in HK film (much better than before, but still has a little more to go...).

Anyway, the interesting part for me came from watching this one IN hong kong. since it was opening week, there was a pretty good crowd, even though it was a thursday afternoon show. It was interesting to me to see their reactions to different jokes and what not (some of the humor definitely doesn't translate as well into english subs!)

I'd give this one a solid 6/10. fans of Miriam's other movies will like it for sure.

Reviewer Score: 6