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In 2007, the Hong Kong government enacted a public area smoking ban that sent the city's smokers out to the trash can ashtrays on the streets for their fix. This indirectly created a new socializing space that brought people from all walks of life together, united by their addiction to nicotine. This new social phenomenon - and the possibility of romance that it brings - inspired writer-director Pang Ho Cheung to make the romantic comedy Love in a Puff. Set in the back alleyways and empty streets of Hong Kong, the film stars Miriam Yeung (Love Undercover) and Shawn Yue (Infernal Affairs) in an unlikely romance set off by the flicker of a lighter. Co-written by up-and-coming young director Heiward Mak (High Noon), Love in a Puff is Pang's first Category III film due to its fill of crude jokes and adult language. However, a sweet and charming romance lies at the film's core, making it also the director's lightest - and funniest - film yet. Love in a Puff initially opened to only a modest box office gross, but praise for the offbeat romance traveled quickly around Hong Kong youths, turning it into a rare sleeper hit over its extended theatrical run in spring 2010.

Cosmetic salesperson Cherie (Miriam Yeung) and advertising agency employee Jimmy (Shawn Yue) are both part of a group of smokers that include advertising executives, a hotel bellhop (Cheung Tat Ming), and a Pakistani pizza delivery boy. They spend their smoking breaks telling each other horror stories, dirty jokes, and gossip about the people around. Soon, a not-so-platonic friendship begins to form between Cherie and Jimmy when they start having text message conversations and night strolls outside the smoking group. Can they overcome their relationship obstacles, or will their romance be as short-lived as a burning cigarette?

This edition includes an audio commentary with director and cast, making of, deleted scenes, and a trailer.

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Product Title: Love In A Puff (Blu-ray) (Hong Kong Version) 志明與春嬌 (Blu-ray) (香港版) 志明与春娇 (Blu-ray) (香港版) 恋の紫煙 (志明與春嬌) (Blu-ray) (香港版) Love In A Puff (Blu-ray) (Hong Kong Version)
Artist Name(s): Miriam Yeung (Actor) | Shawn Yue (Actor) | Cheung Tat Ming | Charmaine Fong | Mou Fei Lin | Vincent Kok | Kenny Wong | Jo Koo | Felix Lok | Tsui Tin Yau | Heiward Mak | Sharon Luk | Chow Hoi Kwong 楊千嬅 (Actor) | 余文樂 (Actor) | 張達明 | 方皓玟 | 繆非臨 | 谷德昭 | 黃德斌 | 谷祖琳 | 駱應鈞 | 徐天佑 | 麥 曦茵 | 陸 詩韻 | 鄒凱光 杨千嬅 (Actor) | 余文乐 (Actor) | 张达明 | 方皓玟 | 缪非临 | 谷德昭 | 黄德斌 | 谷祖琳 | 骆应钧 | 徐天佑 | 麦 曦茵 | 陆 诗韵 | 邹凯光 楊千嬅 (ミリアム・ヨン) (Actor) | 余文樂(ショーン・ユー) (Actor) | 張達明(チョン・ダッミン) | 方皓玟 (カーメイン・フォン) | Mou Fei Lin | 谷徳昭(ビンセント・コク) | 黄徳斌(ケニー・ウォン) | 谷祖琳 (ジョー・コク) | Felix Lok | 徐天佑(チョイ・ティンヤウ) | 麥曦茵 (ヘイワード・マック) | Sharon Luk | 鄒凱光(マット・チョウ) Miriam Yeung (Actor) | 여 문락 (Actor) | Cheung Tat Ming | Charmaine Fong | Mou Fei Lin | Vincent Kok | Kenny Wong | Jo Koo | Felix Lok | Tsui Tin Yau | Heiward Mak | Sharon Luk | Chow Hoi Kwong
Director: Pang Ho Cheung 彭 浩翔 彭 浩翔 彭浩翔(パン・ホーチョン) Pang Ho Cheung
Blu-ray Region Code: A - Americas (North, Central and South except French Guiana), Korea, Japan, South East Asia (including Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan) What is it?
Release Date: 2010-07-15
Language: Cantonese, Mandarin
Subtitles: English, Traditional Chinese, Simplified Chinese
Country of Origin: Hong Kong
Picture Format: [HD] High Definition, NTSC What is it?
Aspect Ratio: 2.35 : 1, Widescreen
Sound Information: Dolby Digital 5.1, 7.1, DTS-HD Master Audio
Disc Format(s): Blu-ray, 25 GB - Single Layer
Screen Resolution: 1080p (1920 x 1080 progressive scan)
Video Codecs: AVC (MPEG-4 Part 10)
Rating: III
Duration: 102 (mins)
Publisher: Intercontinental Video (HK)
Package Weight: 120 (g)
Shipment Unit: 1 What is it?
YesAsia Catalog No.: 1022866963

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* Special Features:
1. Audio Commentary by Director and Actors
2. Trailer
3. Making of
4. Behind The Scenes
5. Deleted Scenes

Director: Pang Ho Cheung

Since 2007, the Hong Kogn Health Authority has implemented an anti-smoking law that bans smoking in all indoor areas. This pushes office smokers to take their cigarette breaks in the street. Smokers from neighboring buildings gradually bond and form a new community known as "Hot Pot Pack", as they would gather around a trash bin with an ashtray, staring small takes with raunchy jokes. During the ciparette break, Jimmy befriends a misfit salesgirl Cherie who also likes to light up An awkward romance soon blossoms amidst the anxiety of their nicotine rush.
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Professional Review of "Love In A Puff (Blu-ray) (Hong Kong Version)"

August 23, 2010

This professional review refers to Love In A Puff (DVD+CD) (Hong Kong Version)
Ironically, Pang Ho-Cheung's first category-III film Love in a Puff is easily his tamest. A filmmaker who doesn't shy away from graphic depictions of sex (and also extreme violence in the upcoming Dream Home), Pang doesn't really put anything into his latest film that would be considered remotely offensive - that is, unless you're against smoking. As one can expect from a film about a romance stemming from smoking, cancer sticks are featured in almost every scene, which is probably partly why Hong Kong censors got so worked up. The liberal use of Cantonese foul language may have had something to do with it as well.

Co-written by Pang and current "it" filmmaker Heiward Mak (High Noon), Love in a Puff features most of its foul language in the scenes of people smoking around garbage cans in Hong Kong's back alleyways, a new Hong Kong phenomenon (nicknamed "hot potting" in the film) after the government enacted an indoor smoking ban in 2007. Comprising a range of professions, from office executive to hotel bellboys, the smoking group shares crude jokes, horror stories, and even a little gossip. Two of these people are Cherie (Miriam Yeung), a beauty products salesgirl, and ad man Jimmy (Shawn Yue), whose recent embarrassing break-up has just been related to Cherie by his chatty co-workers. Something clicks between the two at their first meeting and despite various obstacles, a romance begins.

Pang Ho-Cheung's original story is fairly thin, chronicling how two people quickly fall in love through a series of insignificant incidents. Without much weight to the story, it's up to the freeform script to keep the proceedings entertaining and interesting. Fortunately, Heiward Mak, whose accurate depiction of smart-ass youth speak was a highlight of High Noon, is now two-for-two as a scriptwriter, delivering hilarious, profanity-laden conversations that will keep a consistent smile on the faces of local Cantonese speakers. Also, the script provides some physical comedy to satisfy those who aren't familiar with the language.

At time, the script might remind fans of Pang's AV, which relied on multiple anecdotal flashbacks to create funny, though possibly unrelated gags. Considering the basic setup of people hanging around smoking, Pang and Mak understandably repeat the device here, presenting vignettes such as a horror film-style opening (Pang finished shooting Dream Home prior to this film) and some fourth wall-breaking interviews with the characters about romance and smoking. Unlike AV, in which Pang felt the need to prove his cleverness with extraneous twists, Pang devotes his efforts to the verbal humor as well as his obsession with random, insignificant trivia. If you've ever wondered why people sell cartoon stickers on the streets of Hong Kong at night, Love in a Puff is your movie.

Pang's direction is as loose as the script, relying on handheld shots that simply stand back and let the characters interact with one another. Shot on the RED One, which offers near-film resolution on digital, the film's crisp visuals also help hide the film's low budget, though not necessarily its short shooting schedule. With the French-style lounge music and the naturalistic camerawork, Pang at times seems to be trying to recall the looseness of the French New Wave. The film's reliance on low-brow humor may prevent it from becoming high art, but Love in a Puff easily looks and sounds classier than any Hong Kong romantic comedy in recent years.

Also, unlike many Hong Kong romcoms, Love in a Puff feels real and easily relatable for the average Hong Kong twentysomething. There are mentions of hip social networking sites, and as one can expect in a city where an average person owns more than one cell phone, the characters rely on text messaging to communicate. With a romance that takes place over only several days, the story is almost too insignificant to justify a feature-length film. Nonetheless, the interaction between the characters and the way their stories are handled feel so authentic that they're worth following from the first scene in which they appear.

Much credit should be given the cast. In Love in a Puff, Miriam Yeung finds her most mature romantic lead yet, no longer playing the ditzy, immature heroine that has defined her acting career thus far. Shawn Yue is also good here, playing a younger and more immature romantic lead without having to externalize that immaturity with overacting. However, the two don't entirely click together. The age difference between the two is noted and also addressed, but that doesn't change the fact that the two lack the chemistry to be a convincing onscreen couple.

Despite the small flaws, Love in a Puff remains an entertaining return to comedic form for Pang, who has grown a little self-indulgent with his recent efforts. It's all very lightweight, insignificant, and maybe even forgettable, but Love in a Puff is also the most accessible Pang film in years - given that you're old enough to watch it. It's so stylistically grounded in reality compared to his early comedies that it'll likely remain a minor effort in his filmography. However, Love in a Puff might be his most purely enjoyable film as well.

by Kevin Ma - LoveHKFilm.com

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