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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 (DVD) (Hong Kong Version) 志明與春嬌 (DVD) (香港版) 志明与春娇 (DVD) (香港版) 恋の紫煙 (志明與春嬌) (香港版) Love In A Puff (DVD) (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 | Tsui Tin Yau | Sharon Luk | Chow Hoi Kwong | Felix Lok | Heiward Mak 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 | 徐天佑 | 陸 詩韻 | 鄒凱光 | 駱應鈞 | 麥 曦茵 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 | 徐天佑 | 陆 诗韵 | 邹凯光 | 骆应钧 | 麦 曦茵 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) | 徐天佑(チョイ・ティンヤウ) | Sharon Luk | 鄒凱光(マット・チョウ) | Felix Lok | 麥曦茵 (ヘイワード・マック) Miriam Yeung (Actor) | 여 문락 (Actor) | Cheung Tat Ming | Charmaine Fong | Mou Fei Lin | Vincent Kok | Kenny Wong | Jo Koo | Tsui Tin Yau | Sharon Luk | Chow Hoi Kwong | Felix Lok | Heiward Mak
Director: Pang Ho Cheung 彭 浩翔 彭 浩翔 彭浩翔(パン・ホーチョン) Pang Ho Cheung
Release Date: 2010-07-15
Language: Cantonese, Mandarin
Subtitles: English, Traditional Chinese, Simplified Chinese
Country of Origin: Hong Kong
Picture Format: NTSC What is it?
Aspect Ratio: 1.78 : 1
Widescreen Anamorphic: Yes
Sound Information: DTS Digital Surround, Dolby Digital 5.1
Disc Format(s): DVD, DVD-9
Region Code: 3 - South East Asia (including Hong Kong, S. Korea and Taiwan) What is it?
Rating: III
Duration: 102 (mins)
Publisher: Intercontinental Video (HK)
Package Weight: 120 (g)
Shipment Unit: 1 What is it?
YesAsia Catalog No.: 1022750545

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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 (DVD) (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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Average Customer Rating for this Edition: Customer Review Rated Bad 10 - 10 out of 10 (3)

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July 1, 2013

1 people found this review helpful

Taking one out of the packet....(A) Customer Review Rated Bad 10 - 10 out of 10
After reading the good reviews about ‘Love In A Puff’ I definitely wanted to see this movie. And now I finally have, I did enjoy it (cough, cough, apart from the..smoke). I don’t think I’ve seen a movie centring literally on smoking before, but the smoking isn’t the most important reason to watch this (other than maybe to consider quitting the weed, which I did 14 years ago) as it’s the good chacterizations of Jimmy (Shawn Yu) and Cherie (Miriam Yeung) that make this worthwhile. ‘LIAP’ begins with an eerie supernatural intro within a multi story car park but with such dramatic music it was if one of the ‘Uncharted’ video games was about to commence. Ironically this ‘scene’ preludes how the smokers talk constantly about ghost stories (funnily enough the car oil leak seemed to represent cigarette tar and the guy locked in the car boot maybe ‘trapped’ by his smoking habit, but I guess I’m being too symbolic though). And then you quickly switch to the crowd of several smokers gathered together outside their working environments, due to HK smoking laws, talking (and swearing a lot) about such ghost oddities, broken relationships and sexual dirty jokes and respective appendages.

Jimmy is in advertising and Cherie works as a cosmetic saleswoman and both mush into the smoker’s crowd of city workers, bellboy, Pakastiani pizza lad as the smoking throng swear from similar hymn sheets about gossipy chit chat. Eventually their idle chatter moves onto Jimmy’s recent break up, which triggers immediate interest in Cherie’s thoughts, due to her own misgivings of her own current relationship. But when the initial light banter and harmless mockery and smoking gathering is done, Jimmy and Cherie’s relationship slowly begins to kick off with some very funny and likable moments into their romantic adventure.

******

Jimmy and Cherie may have an age gap and not be chemically perfect, but a reasonable age gap shouldn’t be an issue and their seemingly lack of chemistry is replaced by a more laid back but striving honesty between two professional people. Cherie and Jimmy do seem to take each other lightly (reflecting the French lounge music maybe), but by their brief encounter aftertastes, dry social humour and open emotion (Jimmy even admitting he gets a little jealous of Cherie talking to another fella) reveals that these two really love each other and could eventually hit it off.
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July 1, 2013

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Taking one out of the packet.... (B) Customer Review Rated Bad 10 - 10 out of 10
Shawn and Miriam really ease into a natural rapport here and many will relate to these two likeable love strucks. Especially the ‘silly season’ bits. Aside to Cherie's Madonna 'boobs' for one of her friends fancy dress birthday outings, I liked where Jimmy and Cherie strolling the streets at night pretend to be Japanese and Korean lovers, so to feign ignorance of the HK smoking laws when a passing policemen catches them cigging it up. And Jimmy’s fascination of buying dry ice so he can watch it ‘smoke’ when he puts it down his ‘heavenly’ toilet (lol). And Jimmy and Cherie's conversations about why their aren’t any UFO sightings in HK - maybe its the high rises? (or maybe the aliens are none smokers?). These crazy/normal conversation pieces and kooks make for a naturally reflected and erratic flow that is what social interactions are all about, whether good or bad, and make these two people ever more strange but likeable.

Miriam also seems to have a knack (or someone does) with her team up movies and their sequels, like when Miriam teamed up with Daniel Wu in the two ‘Undercover Cop’ films. ‘LIAP’ can be a bit abstract by its focus on two main social ‘necessities’; SMS cell phone messaging (privacy? what privacy!) as much as the little stick puffing banters. Jimmy, Cherie and other characters also give scattered vignette ‘interview’ aspects throughout the movie, about their opinions of smoking, romance, friends, dirty jokes et al and this gives the movie a slight documentary approach.

I’d certainly recommend LIAP if you haven’t seen it and love congenially led romantic movies. It’s different, strange, fresh with some dry wit and sarcasm - but Jimmy and Cherie have such gentle humour and honesty, you cannot fail to be won over by ‘em. That final phone message, too (oh why didn’t I see that one! Ha!). I don’t know how the none smoking cast managed with puffing on overdrive (with retakes) but I bet they were sick of cigarettes after this. Unless they were fake smoke. If you can put up with nearly every scene having smoking sessions (if you don’t smoke of course) look through the smog and you’ll find a lightly scripted but nicely characterised romance with a good feel about it. And there’s now a sequel to it, too, with ‘Love In The Buff’, which I still need to see! This DVD is region 1 and 3, but special features don’t have subtitles in English.
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August 20, 2010

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Real life between the puffs Customer Review Rated Bad 10 - 10 out of 10
"Love In A Puff" hurls the viewer headlong into a milieu in contemporary Hong Kong in which people smoke like chimneys, swear like longshoremen, and shack up in noncommittal relationships. While that might not seem like much of a recommendation for a movie, I hasten to add that I thoroughly enjoyed this film. Director Pang Ho Cheung brings this shallow world to vivid life by making it all seem very authentic. As we watch "Love In A Puff", we think, yes, this is it exactly, this is how these people in this urban setting really would think and speak and behave.

The very simple plot features salesgirl Cherie (Miriam Yeung) and advertising exec Jimmy (Shawn Yue), who gather with an odd assortment of people outside their downtown buildings in a designated smoking area in order to light up and swap tall tales. Although Cherie currently lives with a boyfriend whom she doesn't seem to like very much, she strikes up a friendship with Jimmy. We then watch as the pair take small, tentative steps toward a deeper relationship.

Given the slender nature of this story, the movie depends almost entirely for its success upon its snappy dialogue and brilliant performances. Fortunately, the charmingly rude script is up to the task and the performances by Miriam Yeung and Shawn Yue are subtle wonders. The film's only misstep is an overreliance in early scenes on characters texting each other; just because we have this dopey technology doesn't mean we need to clog our movies with it. But this is a very minor gripe about a very entertaining movie. Don't miss it.
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