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2007 marks the tenth anniversary of the 1997 Hong Kong Handover, when the territory was returned to Mainland Chinese rule. Dubbed a "Handover film" along with Barbara Wong's Wonder Women and Samson Chiu's Mr. Cinema, Law Wing Cheong's Hooked On You gently revisits those momentous ten years through the lives of normal everyday Hong Kongers. With the city as a loving backdrop, this Johnnie To-produced film follows the evolving experiences and relationships of two fishmongers played by Eason Chan and Miriam Yeung, who previously starred in Law's 2 Become 1. The memorable ups and downs of the decade, from the financial crisis and SARS to bakery runs and urban redevelopment, weave unassumingly into the narrative, as the protagonists and the city grow and change together. Collaborating for the third time after Feel 100% II and Frugal Game, Eason Chan and Miriam Yeung share a natural chemistry and deliver remarkably restrained and realistic performances. Banking simply and effectively on good acting, good story, and good direction, Hooked On You subtly captures the Hong Kong experience with earnest emotions, sincere storytelling, and down-to-earth nostalgia.
In the summer of 1997, 27-year-old Miu (Miriam Yeung) begins working as a fishmonger at Fortune Market to pay off the debts of her irresponsible father (Stanley Fung). She immediately invites trouble from brusque fishmonger Fishman (Eason Chan), who is none too happy about the competition, but the two eventually settle into a tentative friendship. The hardworking Miu, like most Hong Kong women approaching the Big Three-O, is hoping to get married soon, and most definitely not to a market vendor. As the years pass, Miu and Fishman experience trials big and small together, growing closer over time. Fishman sees Miu and Fortune Market as his present and future, but she wants more from life.
|Product Title:||Hooked On You (DVD) (Hong Kong Version) 每當變幻時 (DVD) (香港版) 每当变幻时 (DVD) (香港版) 毎當變幻時 (DVD) (香港版) Hooked On You (DVD) (Hong Kong Version)|
|Artist Name(s):||Miriam Yeung (Actor) | Eason Chan (Actor) | Stanley Fung | Jolie Chan | Huang Bo 楊千嬅 (Actor) | 陳 奕迅 (Actor) | 馮淬帆 | 陳苑淇 | 黃渤 杨千嬅 (Actor) | 陈 奕迅 (Actor) | 冯淬帆 | 陈苑淇 | 黄渤 楊千嬅 （ミリアム・ヨン） (Actor) | 陳奕迅（イーソン・チャン） (Actor) | 馮淬帆（スタンリー・フォン） | 陳苑淇（ジョリー・チャン） | 黄渤（ホァン・ボー） Miriam Yeung (Actor) | Eason Chan (Actor) | Stanley Fung | Jolie Chan | Huang Bo|
|Director:||Law Wing Cheong 羅永昌 罗永昌 羅永昌（ロー・ウィンチョン） Law Wing Cheong|
|Subtitles:||English, Traditional Chinese, Simplified Chinese|
|Country of Origin:||Hong Kong|
|Picture Format:||NTSC What is it?|
|Aspect Ratio:||1.78 : 1|
|Sound Information:||DTS Digital Surround, Dolby Digital 5.1|
|Disc Format(s):||DVD, DVD-9|
|Region Code:||4 - Australia, New Zealand, Pacific Islands, Central America, Mexico, South America, and the Caribbean, 5 - Eastern Europe (Russia and the former Soviet Union), the Indian subcontinent, Africa and Mongolia, 6 - China, 2 - Japan, Europe, South Africa, Greenland and the Middle East (including Egypt), 3 - South East Asia (including Hong Kong, S. Korea and Taiwan) What is it?|
|Publisher:||Mega Star (HK)|
|Package Weight:||120 (g)|
|Shipment Unit:||1 What is it?|
|YesAsia Catalog No.:||1004920982|
* Sound Mix :
- Cantonese : DTS 5.1, Dolby Digital 5.1
- Mandarin : Dolby Digital 5.1
* DVD Type : DVD-9
* Special Features:
- Trailer 預告
- Making of 製作特輯
Director: Law Wing Cheong
It is the summer of 1997. 27-year-old Miu starts working as a fishmonger at Prosperity Market to pay the heavy debts of her philandering father. She sets a 3-year plan for herself: before she turns 30, she shall clean her father's debts, leave the wet market, find a man worthy of her, and break the spell of her bad karma.
No sooner has she set foot on the market than she finds herself at loggerheads with Mr Fish in the neighboring stall. A fierce battle of survival is unleashed, only to turn into a mutual entente when the existence of Prosperity Market is jeopardized by the aggressive emergence of supermarket megastores. In the end, they fail to save the market. But their camaraderie has blossomed into a deeper feeling for each other, an unanticipated development Miu is not ready to embrace.
When her father suddenly dies of a heart attack and the government plans to demolish Prosperity Market, Miu decides to leave the market for good. Convinced that a new face will set her free from her smelly past, she enrolls in a makeup course funded by the government. As she embarks on her new life as a makeup artist, the world indeed becomes bigger, brighter, cleaner.
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It's Take Two for Handover Anniversary films. Hooked on You, from director Law Wing-Cheong (2 Become 1) and producer Johnnie To (more great movies than we could fit in this space), arrives on the heels of Mr. Cinema, which celebrated the 10th Anniversary of Hong Kong's return to China in a cursory, though very satisfying manner. Hooked on You is similarly cursory; it takes place from 1997-2007, and uses famous events in Hong Kong history to provide color and depth to the trials and tribulations of its characters. However, the history is just background here, and doesn't provide the overt commentary on Hong Kong and it's people that Mr. Cinema did. Instead, Hooked on You concentrates on character and situation, and does so in a remarkably entertaining and even touching manner. The actors are good too, and barring a few cheesy flourishes, the situations are exceptionally well-played, and the emotions wonderfully felt. Frankly, given the current quality of Hong Kong Cinema, it's practically shocking how good this movie is.
Miriam Yeung stars as Miu, a twenty-seven year-old fishmonger working at Fortune Market, a neighborhood wet market that's home to the usual assortment of fresh food sellers. Miu is stuck running a fish stall thanks to her gambling, whoring father (the great Stanley Fung), who owes a bunch of money to loan shark Uncle Right (David Lo). Unfortunately, her dad continues to gamble and whore, meaning it's up to Miu to save up all the necessary dough to clear their debt and get out of Fortune Market. She does so through daily work at the fish stall, but she also moonlights by selling fish congee made out of the day's leftovers. Miu is willing to work overtime every day simply because she wishes for more. She wants a better career, an upwardly mobile life, and actual financial stability. What she wishes to avoid is many more years at Fortune Market, and she absolutely doesn't want a husband of her similar lower class standing. This rules out Porky (Huang Bo of Crazy Stone), Fortune Market's butcher, and Fishman (Eason Chan), a rival fishmonger who sometimes acts like a bit of an ass.
Fishman is an odd candidate for Miu's paramour because he's essentially her avowed enemy. That is, for about fifteen minutes of humorous gags which basically make Fishman look like an idiot. Fishman attempts to sabotage Miu and her father numerous times, but his plans usually backfire, and nobody in the market is on his side. And why should they be? Miu is practical, hard working, and possesses fine character, and Miriam Yeung embodies her with heart and subdued, down-to-earth charm. She isn't necessarily the sharpest tool in the shed; her desire for a higher-class husband causes her to pass up some good opportunities, and she gets sucked into a few ill-advised get-rich-quick schemes. But she's clearly a good girl who cares for her dad and is able to look past Fishman's loutish behavior to see that he's a good guy, too. Everyone in Fortune Market seems to love Miu, and though his attitude towards her seems to change a bit too quickly, Fishman grows to care for her too. He ultimately decides to change himself into Miu's ideal husband, and begins to hide his growing affection beneath the same loutish behavior that once pissed Miu off. The affinity between the two slowly grows, but as the years pass and Hong Kong changes, the chances of a union between the two only seems to grow more distant.
As mentioned earlier, Hooked on You differs from Mr. Cinema in that its panorama of Hong Kong's recent history is largely relegated to the background. Furthermore, the historical events or social trends depicted are usually only the ones that affected working class HK residents, e.g. urban renewal, rapid commercialization, SARS, etc. These are the things that affect Miu, her neighbors, her friends, and even Fortune Market, too. Soon after the Handover, Miu and Fishman find themselves in charge of Fortune Market, which is in a state of emergency thanks to the opening of a modernized supermarket nearby. The Fortune Market gang retaliates against their chain-store invader by offering value-added shopping bonuses (redemption programs, free samples, delivery, actual customer service), with hilarious and frequently satirical results. Miu also falls prey to a pyramid scheme in the year 2000, meaning lost cash and hope, and a further setback in her plan to get out of Fortune Market. The subplots in Hooked on You are almost episodic in nature, but they bear an effective character thread demonstrating Miu's affection for Fortune Market, and her desire to find a better life for herself.
Nowhere is this more apparent than in her search for love. She initially spurns a baker due to his class status, but later reconsiders when he opens his own restaurant. Meanwhile, she gives Porky and Fishman a red light in their advances. Porky chooses to leave Fortune Market to accomplish more, promising to one day return as a man worthy of Miu's love. That plot thread is dropped, but there's another point to all these characters coming and going from Fortune Market: the place is clearly a metaphor for Hong Kong, with the choice to stay or leave the market echoing the common pre-Handover decision to emigrate or remain in the territory. Some characters flee the market seeking greater fortune, and others - most especially Fishman - doggedly remain, clinging to the idea of an unchanging home. One character even states that they wish for Fortune Market to remain unchanged for 50 years, just like China's promise in 1997 about Hong Kong itself. The metaphor is obvious, though a bit thin beyond its "We Love Hong Kong" message. Hooked on You is sometimes quite nostalgic, extolling disappearing local values and community spirit, and even goes so far as to imply that most Hong Kong people, in reflection, would welcome a return to the way things were.
However, that notion is a fantasy, and the film seems to quietly confirm that sentiment. People hope for things to remain unchanged, but life moves on with or without you. The film places weight on the past, but it also looks to the future hopefully. No matter what the outcome, there's good in both the past and the present, and missed chances can still be looked upon fondly. The bitterness here is noticeably sweet, a theme that is apparent in all relationships in the film: between people and Hong Kong, food hawkers and Fortune Market, and especially Miu and Fishman. The characters subtly change and grow, each maturing in their own way, and the actors sell the sentiments wonderfully. Miriam Yeung has matured far beyond her ditzy jade girls, and is able to convey emotion with sometimes just her eyes. Eason Chan may be even better; the actor manages to be both transparent and opaque at different times in the film, and never appears to be less than genuine. The situations in Hooked on You sometimes veer into cartoony, but the characters themselves possess real, felt personalities.
The film does have its issues. It possesses a witty and intelligent script, but some details end up feeling more cloying than appropriate. This is especially true towards the later portion of the film, when the film makes use of happenstance to suppose that these two star-crossed lovers will continue to criss-cross all over Hong Kong. The movie seems too smart for such obvious narrative tricks, and compounds the contrivance with its "return to Fortune Market" set piece. Still, the sequence shows us how the characters have grown, and despite its inherent cheesiness, the whole entertains in a gratefully satisfying fashion. Director Law Wing-Cheong, whose labored but effective 2 Become 1 was one of 2006's quiet bright spots, outdoes himself with Hooked on You. The film is an accomplishment not because it says anything profound or especially important (in fact, given its quiet coverage of the Handover, one could argue that it shouldn't even be called a Handover film), but because it manages to surprise, affect, and above all deliver. The film possesses complex emotions that seem deceptively simple, and gives us characters that are seemingly worth getting to know. In the end, Hooked on You asks us to look forward, and not back, and it's a message that the filmmakers earn. If Law Wing-Cheong can continue to make commercial films as satisfying as this one, then Hong Kong Cinema's future may indeed be brighter.
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August 21, 2007
In a decidedly mediocre year for Hong Kong cinema, Law Wing Cheong's Hooked On You shines like a beacon for being not only an outstanding Hong Kong film, but also an outstanding Hong Kong story. Out of the three "Handover" films released around the Hong Kong Handover 10th Anniversary period, Hooked On You is the one that best captures the Hong Kong experience, and it does so in a completely engaging and unassuming manner.
Hooked On You covers ten years in the lives of two typical working class Hong Kongers, fishmongers Miu and Fishman played by Miriam Yeung and Eason Chan. Working at the same market, the two go from rivals to friends to perhaps something more. Over the years, there are ups and downs, tears and laughter, as they struggle to make a living and strive for their dreams. Through Miu and Fishman's lives and stories, we see a decade of changes for Hong Kong, but these greater changes and history markers blend naturally into the background as a part of their personal experiences. The financial crisis and SARS are of course in there, but more telling are the laid-back daily routines, the lighthearted dialogue, and casual details. From urban redevelopment and immigration to bakery runs and pyramid schemes, these are the little things that make up the Hong Kong memory from a local perspective.
Hooked On You is a film that truly belongs to Hong Kong, but it is also built on universal sentiments that anybody anywhere can connect with. The characters feel genuine, and so do their dreams and uncertainties. In films like Love Battlefield and Crazy n' the City, Eason Chan has shown that there are few Hong Kong actors who can play the harried everyman as well as he does, and here he excels as the rough-voiced yet soft-hearted, annoying yet endearing Fishman. (Between this and his excellent performance in Pye-Dog, I hope Eason Chan isn't forgotten when award season rolls around.)
While Fishman embodies the down-to-earth guy with simple dreams, Miriam Yeung's Miu really captures the perspective of the modern woman. In ten years' time, she matures from someone who wants to get married before she turns 30 to an independent career woman, but this transformation is not one of unequivocal triumph, and rather a bittersweet journey of will and misgiving. In the film, Fishman accuses Miu of being a Hong Kong girl ("gang nu") with "high standards and low qualifications" - a rather common, and not unfounded complaint from Hong Kong men. Women inevitably start out wanting either the perfect husband who can take care of them or the best of both worlds (the man and the career), and slowly learn with age that life and love often require compromise and sacrifice.
Miu is wishy-washy and almost frustratingly blind to what's in front of her, but that's because she keeps looking further ahead, hoping there is something more. This desire to not settle and not give in to life is Miu's story, the story of many women today, and the story of Hong Kong. Hooked On You is about coming of age and coming to terms, about relationships that run deeper than romance, and about that Hong Kong spirit of always moving forward - not without looking back, but hopefully without regret.
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June 28, 2008
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|This is a very nice movie that summarized many typical HK people went through during 1997-2007. Even thou I wasn't in HK during these times, but as a 100% HK citizen there was a lot of "feel" while watching this movie. The story telling was smooth; Eason and Miriam were excellent to portrait what a typical HK people were like. Even thou there werent any climax or sharp turning point in the movie, but I enjoyed the story telling a lot and I totally agreed with the central point of this movie trying to reflect-whats best for you is always beside you, you dont need to look elsewhere.|
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December 22, 2007
Personally, I was very disappointed by this movie, the only good thing in it for me being Miriam Yeung (my favourite Hong Kong actress). The film is generally very slow, based on mundane everyday events. There is no comedy to speak of, and no real development of the main characters, which means when bad things happen to them, even tragedy, I didn't really care.
The 2 main men (Miriam's father and a worker at the same local market) appear to spend most of their free time with the same prostitute, which immediately suggests a lack of capacity to truly love and value a woman; and with the worker being Miriam's 'love interest' in the film...well, would you want your daughter to get into a relationship with a man who had sex with prostitutes on a regular basis?
There is very little chemistry between Miriam and Eason (the worker), or anyone else for that matter. Her acting is good, but she doesn't have much to work with.
Unless you're a diehard Miriam or Eason fan, give this one a miss. At least 'try before you buy' (borrow it from somewhere).
I am a big Miriam fan (I have 10 of her films). I hope she does better next time.
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September 17, 2007
Delicious Romantic Comedy
This is a wonderfully made romantic comedy drama that has good funny moments, some heartfelt scenes and two strong main players. Miriam Yeung and Eason Chan are superb as the two frustrated romantics. Set in a time span from 1997 right up to 2007 reflecting the 10 year anniversary of the HK handover, it mainly traces the life of fish market trader Miu (Miriam) and her desire to better her life style, after paying off her father's debts and to find an 'up market' guy and get married before she hits 30.
The film is credited as being one of a series of Handover movies, when Hong Kong became part of Mainland China, although the change over theme is only briefly mentioned (equivalent of an actor's cameo). As the film moves along there is also the financial crash, the SARS scare, that are also similarly featured as backdrops to the excellent romantic aspects of the film. The comedy is kooky, droll and very funny, especially with the Fortune Market traders and their soap opera type shenanigans. They're all a lightly crazy, well meaning bunch with a healthy camaraderie towards one another. At one stage the traders become disillusioned when a modern Supermarket opens taking trade away from them, and so the Fortune Market traders attempt to compete by introducing comparative offers. Like bringing in shopping trolleys, giving out special offer tokens, sample try-before-you buy fish dishes and a delivery service. But, all goes terribly wrong when their regular customers, trying out all the fish samples, keep eating all the goodies but don't actually buy anything, and the market center then gets busted by the police after the shopping trolleys are found to be swiped from the Supermarkets by some of the FM traders. Also, a regular upmarket lady who always seems to inform Miu how she is living the high life, getting married and having a baby (and always annoying Miu!) demands a trader to take her two food bags home, due to the new delivery service - which he agrees to do. But as soon as he carries the bags outside the market, he flings them outside on to the pavement. The delivery service! Of courser the frustration of the traders of not quite getting the panache of the Supermarket methods is good reason, I suppose, for their lack of subtlety.
As a whole, this movie is about Miu's struggle to make ends meet, pay off her debts and find that Mr Gold at the end of the rainbow. But the film isn't just a focus on self improvements, but eventual realizations of how love and caring can be un-seen visible aspects amidst the struggles of life and the people you're with, and in hindsight, are far more valuable than that perceived rainbow. Even within the hard and competitive market trader's environment that Miu has to contend and compete with, she finds friendship and pro-offered love when Fish's affections for her are given. She cannot love Fish as a trader, as he is part of what she wants to escape from, and she desires the Upper Echelons of society trends, nullifying any possible benefit of the doubt for Fish. To say more about the touching and poignant romantic scenes would spoil things, and there are many such moments that only a 'proof of the pudding by eating' can justify. I can safely say, though, that this is one rewarding and fulfilling movie. I certainly recommend it and its wonderfully acted by Miriam and Eason. Eason's character in way reminded me of one of Bum So Lee's lovable bumpkin types, but Eason is as equally as good here. Try this one, its gentle and not at all a heavy romance and if you can handle the site of an eel getting the chop (ooh, that Mr Eel needs one good acting union official here! In fact, did they use a stunt eel actor?), you should really enjoy this. You get 4 photos, too!
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September 15, 2007
Down to earth
I think this movie was very down to earth because it's kind of realistic. There are some humour in it and I think I got the message that this movie was carrying out ("MISS"). You will understand what I'm writing if you have seen the movie. Actually, I think Miriam Yeung did I good job. She managed to deliver something (not just being crazy in some crazy comedies) and she can cry real, which is in my opinion very hard in a movie. If you can cry and make it look or seem or maybe it is real in a movie then you are a professional actress/actor. Eason Chan seemed very natural and it is good.
Even if this movie was about some regular things I don't think that is was boring at all. You will be entertained through the whole movie. You will actually know more about HK life!