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長短腳之戀 (1988)
Fractured Follies

Reviewed by: mrblue
Date: 04/24/2010

Fractured Follies is a pleasant little romantic comedy that isn't anything that's really going to make you laugh out loud or cry your eyes out, but it's not going to make you clutch your head in disbelief, either. It's done well enough that big fans of Chow Yun-Fat and Joey Wong will find the proceedings enjoyable.

Reviewer Score: 5

Reviewed by: ewaffle
Date: 01/25/2010

“Fractured Follies” is a chaotic mess, a string of episodes barely held together by the story of the pitiable Yau Kwong Nam trying to open a market, May Yau his beautiful and flawed daughter trying to help and a ne’er-do-well cab driver falling in love with May after he has run into her while driving his cab. The actors, particularly Chow Yun Fat, Joey Wong and Nina Li Chi acquitted themselves well in the face of inadequate material from the SEVEN screenwriters credited. Wong Chung, seeming more talented in front of the camera than behind it, kept things moving in a workmanlike fashion. Made in 1988, a year in which Chow Yun Fat was in nine movies, Joey Wong and Nina Li were in seven and the 75 year old Cheng Mang-Ha in five, it was pretty much a day at the office for everyone involved which showed in what made it to the screen.

Everything that Wong Fat-Fei, Nam’s bad guy cousin, did to take advantage of his gullible and not completely sane relative was predictable, as was every counter by the motley bunch surrounding and supporting Nam. The romance between May and Joe Leung was neither romantic nor credible although the much more rough and tumble coupling of Sea, Joe’s horny brother and Scarlett, May’s even hornier cousin, was well done. They were the most likeable characters in the movie.

One scene had Chow Yun-Fat in drag, looking like someone auditioning for the title role in a Chinese adaption of “Silas Marner”. There were several situations in which Joe and Sea’s fellow cab drivers played pivotal roles but they weren’t developed after that and Joe’s dismay on his wedding day, when he realized that he had been duped into marrying May by a scrubwoman acting as the voice of the Buddha simply made no sense. While it might be a bit of a shock to find out that your bride, played by JOEY WONG for goodness sake, is a virgin it is no reason for alarm.

Recommended only for dedicated fans of the featured players

Reviewer Score: 3

Reviewed by: Inner Strength
Date: 01/12/2002
Summary: Good comedy

If you like comedy (80's style), especially the ones by comedians like Chow Yun Fat, Joey Wong, then you won't be disapointed.

It's the same old romantic story where the couples meet by accident and have their ups and downs and then have a happy ending. But the comedy is quite funny. joey Wong is very good here. Chow Yun Fat plays his usual comedy style well too, let's not forget Nina Li!

I would have rated it higher, but the story is nothing new. I think Dean Shek produced this too, and would explain why the story didn't fly all over the place.

Rating (out of 5): 3

(This rating is based on the year & genre, so don't think it's based as a comparison on new releases etc.)

Reviewed by: Hongkie
Date: 05/18/2001
Summary: Very cute and entertaining romantic comedy.

Chow Yun-Fat plays the antithesis of the cool guy in this movie in which he meets Joey Wong (who's never looked cuter) when he hits her with his cab. Joey Wong and Chow Yun-Fat have a remarkably cute chemistry together, and their interaction is well done. Nina Li also gives a surprisingly good performance as a rather amorous widow. Although this movie does not break any new grounds, it's incredibly entertaining and funny, if not just for the opportunity to see Chow Yun-Fat dress up like a pineapple and sing, or the super cute Joey Wong in the thickest set of black-rimmed glasses.