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男歌女唱 (2001)
Let's Sing Along

Reviewed by: danton
Date: 04/15/2002

The appeal of Karaoke has always been somewhat of a mystery to me - and I have no plans to ever take advantage of the Karaoke functions built into my Chinese DVD player. SO I may not be the right person to review a film that is essentially nothing but one big long Karaoke session, interlaced with the antics of a very annoying Dayo Wong, who plays a big-mouthed slacker and self-proclaimed Karaoke king.

Oh, and then of course there's Anita Mui - having one of the legendary female Cantopop singers play a shy office wallflower afraid to sing in public is not without irony, but is it enough to make this comedy worthwhile? Well, not really. As much as I usually enjoy her performances, here she just doesn't have enough to work with other than playing straight woman to Dayo Wong, who's like Erik Kot on Speed (yes, he's that annoying).

There's some plot somewhere in all of this (something about shy Anita entering a Karaoke contest, and Dayo trying to teach her self-confidence), but mostly it's just Dayo and Anita doing Karaoke routines. This might be of some interest to someone familiar with the songs/stars being parodied (which I'm not) - to everyone else, it's just a lot of really really bad, out of key singing. Which I guess is what Karaoke is all about in the end.

So to summarize, if you consider an evening drinking beer and singing at a Karaoke bar fun, then you might be reasonably entertained. If you're looking for anything beyond, look elsewhere. The film must be considered a disappointment (although it's still better than the even more disappointing other recent Anita Mui film Dance of a Dream).

Reviewed by: mejones
Date: 03/21/2002
Summary: Just couldn't like it

A clunker with a few good moments. Anita Mui is a mousy office worker, virtually invisible to everyone around her. Dayo Wang plays "king of karaoke" (self proclaimed), a slacker who continuously avoids being fired from his job by complimenting the General Manager's suit and reminding him of some vague family connection. While the office bunch are karaoke-ing at lunch it's discovered that the invisible one can sing, but only when there's no one watching. She and Dayo both enter a karaoke contest, no big surprise, he gets rejected, but for political reasons she gets in; her exboyfriend's new wife is on the panel and wants her to make a fool of herself.

Eventually both Dayo AND his GM get fired. What's an unemployed karaoke slacker to do? Why, take advantage of the insecure Anita by volunteering to "help" her win the contest, of course. Some of his tactics to build her self confidence were actually sound and kind of funny, but over all, he's a conman. He gets her to let him move into her place, pay for all his expenses (as well as splitting the winnings with him should she get grand prize), help him out of a "karaoke duel" (one of the actual funny moments of the film!) There's hardly a moment in the film that isn't predictable! Another case of a good concept gone bad despite the efforts of a fine actress who I've always enjoyed!

Much has been made about the fact that people who don't understand the HK Karaoke phenom will miss a lot of the humour in this film. Maybe that's true, but I don't think so. After all, who HASN'T seen a significant karaoke scene or two or 100 in a movie? Also, for my part at least, I knew all the songs and the singers who they parodied, Dayo parodies Andy Lau several times, Anita, Kelly Chen, there's even one line of an Anita song thrown in, blah blah blah. Didn't really hate it, but it wasn't that funny. The big mystery isn't how you can make a movie about a karaoke competition; it's really how ANYONE could consider Dayo Wang/his character as either funny OR sympathetic. I can live without ever seeing him on the screen again!

Reviewed by: bastardswordsman
Date: 02/15/2002

It was only a matter of time before the karaoke movie was born. With gambling and football already covered, I am surprised it took so long for such a commercial industry to thrash out KING OF KARAOKE. Perhaps it's been done before here, I don't know.

It's an interesting premise with much potential, but not quite nailed by LET'S SING ALONG. Matt Chow, a talented writer, has put together a rather predictable, cheesy and formulaic picture, regardless of the subject matter. On the plus side, some parts are very funny (although I thought HK movies had got past the days of painting actors to make them supposedly resemble a different ethnic group) and it is really just harmless pap at the end of the day. Anita and Dayo turn in good performances (I myself am not a Dayo-hater), as do the supporting cast.

To sum up, I repeat the phrase harmless pap.

Reviewed by: roninja898
Date: 02/05/2002
Summary: One of Anita's Best Films

Ok, so it may sound a little bit corny at times but I really enjoyed it. It's a really funny movie and Anita looks better than ever!!!