Love on a Diet (2001)
Reviewed by: Trigger on 2001-11-20
Summary: It's ok...
Andy Lau and Sammi Cheng in fat suits. Not really groundbreaking make-up effects or anything. You could tell they were wearing makeup and rubber suits - it was pretty good I suppose, but this has certainly been done better elsewhere. I guess the moral of the story is that fat people can't be happy - only skinny people can be truly happy and in love. Aside from the anti-fat campaign this movie seems to run with, it's a fairly decent story. I live in the US and over here we make special allowances for the disadvantaged, crippled, impaired or otherwise imperfect. I guess in HK (seems to me to be this way I think), they treat cripples like dirt and look upon fat people like they are a blight on society. Interesting cultural differences.

Anyway - Andy's fat and Sammi is fat. Sammi used to be skinny and was the girlfriend of a pianist who became famous and went off to tour. She missed him and began to eat too much to fill the void of lonliness until she became a 300 pounder. She meets Andy in Japan and latches on to him and he goes on a mission to make her skinny again so she can be with her boyfriend who doesn't know she's gotten fat. The interactions between the two are funny at times and at other times excruciating.

I was particularly annoyed that Sammi's hair grew 8 inches in less than a month, but what cha gonna do?

Overall I'd give it a 6.5/10 The DVD has a Making Of and is only a few bucks more than the VCD, but the VCD is certainly good quality
Reviewer Score: 6