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Love Contractually (2017) (DVD) (Taiwan Version) DVD Region 3

Sammi Cheng (Actor) | Joseph Chang (Actor) | Terence Yin (Actor) | Tien Yeh (Actor)
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Romcom queen Sammi Cheng lights romantic sparks with Taiwan actor Joseph Chang (Sky on Fire) in Love Contractually, which opened in China on Valentine's Day. Co-starring Lam Suet as Sammi's father and singer Xian Zi and Terence Yin as the exes, the charming romantic comedy marks the feature debut of experienced TV and commercial director Liu Guonan, who previously assisted on Zhang Yimou's Hero and Curse of the Golden Flower.

Cold and chic insurance company CEO Katrina (Sammi Cheng) has crafted an immensely successful career, but her love life leaves much to be desired. After parting ways with her cheating fiancé, she gives up on love and decides to have a child on her own. To find the right sperm donor, she posts a high-paying personal assistant job and puts the applicants through a tedious vetting process. Unexpectedly, she finds an assistant – and the potential father of her future child – in courier Bo (Joseph Chang). The two couldn't be more different, but love may be on the agenda when they agree to sign a contract with each other.

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Product Title: Love Contractually (2017) (DVD) (Taiwan Version) 合約男女 (2017) (DVD) (台灣版) 合约男女 (2017) (DVD) (台湾版) 合約男女 (2017) Love Contractually (2017) (DVD) (Taiwan Version)
Artist Name(s): Sammi Cheng (Actor) | Joseph Chang (Actor) | Terence Yin (Actor) | Tien Yeh (Actor) | Jin Qiao Qiao (Actor) | Lam Suet (Actor) | Xu Dong Dong (Actor) | Xian Zi (Actor) | Wang Bo Wen (Actor) | Feng Wen Juan (Actor) 鄭秀文 (Actor) | 張孝全 (Actor) | 尹子維 (Actor) | 田野 (Actor) | 金巧巧 (Actor) | 林雪 (Actor) | 徐冬冬 (Actor) | 弦子 (Actor) | 王博文 (Actor) | 馮 文娟 (Actor) 郑秀文 (Actor) | 张孝全 (Actor) | 尹子维 (Actor) | 田野 (Actor) | 金巧巧 (Actor) | 林雪 (Actor) | 徐冬冬 (Actor) | 弦子 (Actor) | 王博文 (Actor) | 冯 文娟 (Actor) 鄭秀文 (サミー・チェン) (Actor) | 張孝全(ジョセフ・チャン) (Actor) | 尹子維(テレンス・イン) (Actor) | Tien Yeh (Actor) | Jin Qiao Qiao (Actor) | 林雪 (ラム・シュー) (Actor) | Xu Dong Dong (Actor) | 弦子(シェンツー) (Actor) | Wang Bo Wen (Actor) | Feng Wen Juan (Actor) Sammi Cheng (Actor) | Joseph Chang (Actor) | Terence Yin (Actor) | Tien Yeh (Actor) | Jin Qiao Qiao (Actor) | Lam Suet (Actor) | Xu Dong Dong (Actor) | Xian Zi (Actor) | Wang Bo Wen (Actor) | Feng Wen Juan (Actor)
Director: Liu Guo Nan 劉 國楠 刘 国楠 Liu Guo Nan Liu Guo Nan
Release Date: 2017-07-14
Language: Mandarin
Subtitles: English, Traditional Chinese
Country of Origin: Hong Kong, China
Picture Format: NTSC What is it?
Aspect Ratio: 1.78 : 1
Sound Information: Dolby Digital 5.1
Disc Format(s): DVD
Region Code: 3 - South East Asia (including Hong Kong, S. Korea and Taiwan) What is it?
Duration: 97 (mins)
Publisher: Wisdom Win Distributor Co.
Package Weight: 120 (g)
Shipment Unit: 1 What is it?
YesAsia Catalog No.: 1060783969

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Professional Review of "Love Contractually (2017) (DVD) (Taiwan Version)"

August 16, 2017

This professional review refers to Love Contractually (2017) (Blu-ray) (Hong Kong Version)
Sammi Cheng sticks to what she does best with Love Contractually, a romantic comedy which pairs her with popular Taiwanese actor Joseph Chang (recently in Sky on Fire), seeing her playing a hard-nosed female executive who unsurprisingly finds love when she advertises for a new male assistant. The film marks the directorial debut of Liu Guonan, who previously worked for Zhang Yimou on Hero and Curse of the Golden Flower before going on to shoot commercials. As well as Cheng and Chang, the film also features Johnnie To veteran actor Lam Suet, Feng Wenjuan (Operation Mekong), Terrence Yin (Cold War) and singer Xian Zi.

Cheng stars as Katrina, the CEO of a fancy insurance company, known for her tough attitude and ruthless business practices. Despite being highly successful in her career, she has failed to find Mr. Right, and after splitting up with her cheat of a fiancée decides to find a sperm donor and have a baby by herself. Naturally wanting to find the ideal candidate, she enlists the help of her PA Weiwei (Feng Wenjuan) to track down a viable man through advertising for a new male assistant. Although things don’t go well at first, she takes on the promising-seeming Bo (Joseph Chang), a friendly courier who's at least willing to put up with her bossy ways. As it usually does, friction gives way to attraction, and the two slowly but surely fall for each other.

It should be pretty easy for viewers to tell whether they're likely to enjoy Love Contractually from the synopsis, and it's fair to say that the film doesn't stray from the well-trodden rom com path. Certainly, Liu Guonan doesn't seem to have had much in the way of ambition for his debut, sticking closely to the conventions of the genre and being entirely content to avoid any of the gender politics or social commentary that the slight premise might have been milked for. The patronising idea of a successful woman needing a man and a child to have truly 'made it' aside, the film is perfectly serviceable as a romance, comedy and melodrama, hitting all the right notes in vaguely charming, if utterly familiar fashion. Although predictable from start to finish, the film features a decent number of amusing gags, and the relationship between Katrina and is engaging enough to make things moving when it moves into more serious territory. Good production values help, and though wholly gratuitous, sequences shot in Paris do at least make for a globetrotting feel and some nice scenery.

Star power is the main attraction here, and Sammi Cheng is as fun to watch as ever lead role, even though the film has her on more subdued form than usual, and she manages to make Katrina sympathetic and somewhat likeable. Joseph Chang is similarly charismatic, playing the wacky guy to Cheng's straight girl, and the chemistry between the two papers over the cracks of their less than believable pairing. The supporting cast are all fine, and though none of their subplots really go anywhere or add much, Liu does at least try to work in a little extra drama here and there.

While Love Contractually doesn't stand out from the crowd in the least, and indeed is largely indistinguishable from other films of its type, Sammi Cheng fans and genre aficionados should find plenty to keep them entertained. The film marks a reasonably effective debut for Liu Guonan, though it has to be hoped that the director will try his hand at something a little more creative for his next outing.

by James Mudge -

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