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Guo Tao (Actor) | Tao Hong (Actor) | Liu Hua (Actor) | Yue Xiao Jun (Actor)
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Marriage Trap (DVD-9) (China Version)
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Hitting theaters on Valentine's Day, Mainland romantic comedy Marriage Trap is the directorial debut of Crazy Stone screenwriter Zhang Cheng. Appropriately enough, Guo Tao takes the lead in another haplessly spot-on comedic performance opposite No Lonely Angels co-star Tao Hong (Sky Lover). Tao was actually originally supposed to play Guo Tao's wife in Crazy Stone as well, but had to pull out due to scheduling conflicts. The film also features Yue Xiaojun and Liu Hua from Crazy Stone, Xiao Jian from My Own Swordsman, and "Good Men" competition finalists Jerry Wu, Zhang Xiaochen, and Wei Bin.

Witty, reliable, and charming, wedding host Guo (Guo Tao) should have no trouble finding a girlfriend, but he ends up falling for marriage swindler Xiao Tao (Tao Hong) of all people. Guo's enthusiastic courting wreaks such havoc to Xiao Tao's moneymaking plans that she decides to tell him the truth to scare him away, but this bout of honesty only makes Guo love her even more. What he doesn't know, however, is that Xiao Tao's honest confession is actually just the beginning of her Marriage Trap.

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Product Title: Marriage Trap (DVD-9) (China Version) 婚禮2008 (又名: 瘋狂的婚禮) (DVD-9) (中國版) 婚礼2008 (又名: 疯狂的婚礼) (DVD-9) (中国版) Marriage Trap (DVD-9) (China Version) Marriage Trap (DVD-9) (China Version)
Artist Name(s): Guo Tao (Actor) | Tao Hong (Actor) | Liu Hua (Actor) | Yue Xiao Jun (Actor) | Xiao Jian (Actor) | Xie Ai Lin (Actor) 郭濤 (Actor) | 陶虹 (Actor) | 劉樺 (Actor) | 岳小軍 (Actor) | 肖劍 (Actor) | 謝艾霖 (Actor) 郭 涛 (Actor) | 陶虹 (Actor) | 刘桦 (Actor) | 岳小军 (Actor) | 肖剑 (Actor) | 谢艾霖 (Actor) 郭濤(グオ・タオ) (Actor) | 陶紅(タオ・ホン) (Actor) | 劉樺(リウ・ホア) (Actor) | Yue Xiao Jun (Actor) | Xiao Jian (Actor) | Xie Ai Lin (Actor) Guo Tao (Actor) | Tao Hong (Actor) | Liu Hua (Actor) | Yue Xiao Jun (Actor) | Xiao Jian (Actor) | Xie Ai Lin (Actor)
Release Date: 2008-03-07
Language: Mandarin
Subtitles: Simplified Chinese
Country of Origin: China
Picture Format: NTSC What is it?
Aspect Ratio: 1.85 : 1
Sound Information: Dolby Digital 5.1
Disc Format(s): DVD, DVD-9
Region Code: All Region What is it?
Duration: 95 (mins)
Publisher: Guang Dong Yin Xiang
Package Weight: 120 (g)
Shipment Unit: 1 What is it?
YesAsia Catalog No.: 1010721347

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* Screen Format : 1.85:1
* Sound Mix : Dolby AC-3
* DVD Type : DVD-9

  老郭(郭濤飾)是一名婚禮主詩,為人風趣、可靠,卻愛上詭計多端的職業“婚托”——小桃(陶虹飾)。因為他的熱烈追求,誤打誤撞多次破壞了小桃好事,把小桃的富商獵物全都嚇走。為免夜長夢多,她坦白向癡心的老郭說出自己是騙子的身份,怎料愈是說出真話,愈能打動老郭,令他愛得更深,不忍放棄。哪想這一切全是騙局!原來盡在小桃掌握之中,她深明以一貫舊有手法,難以騙走老郭的房子與現金,無奈苦無對策,只好欲擒故縱。可是,在來來往往地爾虞我詐之間,小桃竟又對老郭發生了真情感。到最後,老郭終得美人歸,但披上羊皮的老郭也不是省油燈!真言謊話背後,其實有另一種的盤算。這場婚禮,究竟誰在騙誰?哪個是真正大老千?最後,真正有情人只嘆一句:甘心被你騙一輩子。

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Professional Review of "Marriage Trap (DVD-9) (China Version)"

June 23, 2008

This professional review refers to Marriage Trap (DVD) (Hong Kong Version)
Despite its decidedly generic cover and familiar premise, to pitch Marriage Trap as a simple romantic comedy would definitely be selling it short. Marking the debut of Mainland Chinese director Zhang Cheng, the writer of Ning Hao's excellent Crazy Stone, the film is actually a surprisingly witty and cleverly plotted affair that mixes in social commentary, farce and genuine emotion.

Crazy Stone and Two Stupid Eggs star Guo Tao takes the lead as Guo, a likeable though rather shabby wedding planner everyman, who never seems to find the time for a romance of his own. That all changes when he meets and falls in love with Xiao Tao (actress Tao Hong, also in Sky Lover and who had originally been set to play Guo Tao's wife in Crazy Stone), who unfortunately turns out to be a heartless schemer, dedicated to swindling men out of their money. Guo persists in pursuing her, ruining her carefully laid plans, and so she decides to come clean and tell him about her nefarious ways. Strangely enough, this only seems to make him even keener, and he begs her to marry him despite her assurances that she will only try to cheat him too. As their courtship advances, hindered by her constant and frequently bizarre intrigues, Tao's cold facade slowly begins to melt, though the question remains whether their love is genuine, or merely part of an even bigger money making plan.

At this point, viewers would be forgiven for thinking they could fill in the rest of the plot blindfolded, though thankfully Zhang Cheng proves himself to be equally talented at directing and writing, and he manages to pull a good number of tricks from up his sleeve. Although he does roll out a fair few cliches along the way, the film is pleasingly intelligent and benefits from a fresh and contemporary feel, with several effective twists upon the usual formula and a surprise ending that while not completely convincing does at least show an effort to try doing something a little different. By not always taking the easy route, and by steadfastly avoiding cheap melodrama throughout, Zhang manages to keep not only his characters, but more importantly their relationships interesting and believable. This is in part due to a pair of excellent performances from Guo Tao and Tao Hong, both of whom add considerable depth to their roles, especially Tao, whose unrepentant schemer remains difficult to like right through to the end, without ever being undermined by the usual kind of dramatic last act change of heart that tends to plague such films.

Sympathetic characters aside, the main reason the film works is the way that Zhang manages to strike a delicate balance between screwball whimsy and surprisingly biting social commentary. Although not really a satire as such, the film packs in plenty of wry observations about life and love in modern China, primarily exploring the all consuming obsession with money. Most of the jokes hit their mark, and as a result the film is lightly amusing throughout, though at the same time with a certain bitter edge which marks it as a cautionary tale of sorts. Wisely, the expected misunderstandings and coincidences are never pushed too far, and whilst silly in places, the film does come across as being grounded. Unsurprisingly, as a Mainland China production it does come with a moral message and lessons to be learned, though thankfully these are kept firmly in the background and are not forced down viewers' throats.

This ensures that Marriage Trap remains unforced and pleasingly human, with Zhang showing himself to be one of the more interesting of the recent wave of Chinese genre filmmakers. Though unlikely to change viewers' lives or be troubling end of year top ten lists, it stands as an enjoyable and entertaining comedy with enough intelligence and substance to push it ahead of the crowd.

by James Mudge - BeyondHollywood.com

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