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Former classmates Alexandra (Stephy Tang) and Alexis (Kary Ng) may share the same name, but they couldn't be more different. Alexandra is beautiful, intelligent, rich, and completely insufferable. Self-centered and patronizing, she's an expert in quick put-downs, nasty name-calling, and brokering gossip into profit. Alexis is a simple-minded, pure-hearted, and hard-working gal who is constantly bullied by her future sister-in-law's family with whom she stays. Crossing paths again by chance, the two girls don't want anything to do with each other - until a freak accident causes them to switch bodies!
|Product Title:||Nobody's Perfect (DVD) (Hong Kong Version) 絕代雙嬌 (DVD) (香港版) 绝代双娇 (DVD) (香港版) 絶代雙嬌 （香港版） Nobody's Perfect (DVD) (Hong Kong Version)|
|Also known as:||絕代双嬌|
|Artist Name(s):||Stephy Tang (Actor) | Kary Ng (Actor) | Sammy Leung (Actor) | Kelvin Kwan (Actor) | Joey Leung (Actor) | MiMi Chu (Actor) | Tenky Tin (Actor) | Ben Cheung Kai Lok (Actor) | Terence Siufay (Actor) | Chelsea Tong (Actor) | Hotcha (Actor) 鄧麗欣 (Actor) | 吳雨霏 (Actor) | 森美 (Actor) | 關楚耀 (Actor) | 梁 祖堯 (Actor) | 朱咪咪 (Actor) | 田啟文 (Actor) | 張嘉倫 (Actor) | 小肥 (Actor) | 唐素琪 (Actor) | Hotcha (Actor) 邓丽欣 (Actor) | 吴雨霏 (Actor) | 森美 (Actor) | 关楚耀 (Actor) | 梁 祖尧 (Actor) | 朱咪咪 (Actor) | 田启文 (Actor) | 张嘉伦 (Actor) | 小肥 (Actor) | 唐素琪 (Actor) | Hotcha (Actor) 鄧麗欣 （ステフィ・タン） (Actor) | 呉雨霏 （ケイリー・ン） (Actor) | 森美 （サミー） (Actor) | 關楚耀（ケルビン・クヮン） (Actor) | Joey Leung (Actor) | 朱咪咪 （チュー・マイマイ） (Actor) | 田啓文 （ティン・カイマン） (Actor) | Ben Cheung Kai Lok (Actor) | 小肥 （テレンス・シウフェイ） (Actor) | 唐素琪 （チェルシー・トン） (Actor) | HotCha （ホットチャ） (Actor) Stephy Tang (Actor) | Kary Ng (Actor) | Sammy Leung (Actor) | Kelvin Kwan (Actor) | Joey Leung (Actor) | MiMi Chu (Actor) | Tenky Tin (Actor) | Ben Cheung Kai Lok (Actor) | Terence Siufay (Actor) | Chelsea Tong (Actor) | Hotcha (Actor)|
|Director:||Patrick Kong 葉 念琛 叶 念琛 葉念琛（パトリック・コン） Patrick Kong|
|Subtitles:||English, Traditional Chinese, Simplified Chinese|
|Place of Origin:||Hong Kong|
|Picture Format:||NTSC What is it?|
|Sound Information:||DTS Digital Surround|
|Disc Format(s):||DVD, DVD-9|
|Region Code:||All Region What is it?|
|Publisher:||Garrys Trading Co.|
|Package Weight:||120 (g)|
|Shipment Unit:||1 What is it?|
|YesAsia Catalog No.:||1013867683|
Lam Fung Kiu (Stephy Tang) and Xu Kiu (Kary Ng) were arch rivals since they were young, they were always on each others' toes. When they grew up, Lam Fung Kiu became a well-known fashion critic and had her own column in a fashion magazine. Although she is snobbish and loves to criticize the dressing of the superstars, her column is well received by readers. On the other hand, Xu Kiu has no ambitions towards her career, she helped out at her family's traditional wedding dress shop. Although life is simple for her, she is happy and carefree. Lam and Xu's old classmate is getting married and they were both invited to the wedding. They have not met in years and when they were re-united during the wedding, it brought back memories of their constant fighting when they were young. Fung Kiu ganged up with her old friends and they played a trick on Xu. Xu was ridiculed and she ran out of the wedding in embarrassment. Lam was pleased when she saw her arch rival ran away...
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Patrick Kong takes a break from back-up lovers and unnecessary plot twists for Nobody's Perfect, his third film of 2008 and the first that qualifies as an intentional comedy. Nobody's Perfect does feature two-timing and crappy boyfriends, but those details are minor compared to the main theme of the film. What is the main theme? Probably a prosaic lesson about being a better person, but the film is far more notable for mercilessly savaging Hong Kong-specific pop culture and engaging in crass promotion, courtesy of twin bankrollers Gold Label Music and the Neway karaoke chain. At every chance, the film makes reference to Gold Label's contingent of singers (e.g., Ronald Cheng and Justin Lo), while characters occasionally exclaim, "Hey, let's go sing karaoke! There's a Neway nearby!" The only way the product placement could be any more noticeable is if actors started accepting checks from the sponsors onscreen. It's that obvious.
Luckily, that promotion only accounts for about 10% of the film - though it's a very annoying 10%. Look past that and the expected crappy filmmaking and you may find some surprisingly funny jokes. Nobody's Perfect can be quite amusing for those who follow Hong Kong and general pop culture, as the script breathlessly pokes fun at Edison Chen, The Dark Knight, Isabella Leong, Ekin Cheng, Storm Riders, "White Flower Prince" Stephen Gan Fock-Wai (a local celebrity indicted for sexually harassing a taxi driver), and numerous other topics of local interest. The characters have funny names too, as they're frequently named after real celebrities, e.g. Norman Tsui Siu-Keung, CJ7 child actor Xu Jiao, or even Jackie Chan's wife. Why does Patrick Kong choose to skewer people in such an odd, offhand manner? Who the hell knows, but he did it and the constant name-dropping can be amusing. Coherent and necessary? No. Funny? Sure, if you get what's going on.
What's not funny: racism, aimless screenwriting, and crappy direction. Patrick Kong has apparently never heard of political correctness as he makes needless fun of both Thais and Filipinos - though to be fair, cultural insensitivity has long been a problem in Hong Kong films (e.g., Driving Miss Wealthy, or the scores of homophobic films HK has produced). The film's plot and story also lack, as many scenes do nothing to move the movie forward. Sometimes the film seems like it's trying to tell a story, and then it completely derails, going for long sequences of random shtick that don't amuse as much as they aggravate. The pacing problem also exists due to Kong's direction, as many scenes are just droning marathons of characters screeching at one another until audience eardrums threaten to burst. Kong is not a bad writer, and some of his satirical jokes are dead-on. However, he has to learn to economize. A wacky joke-fest like this should be compact, but Nobody's Perfect clocks in at a wheezing 100 minutes. A note to directors everywhere: the editor is your friend.
The plot, because every film is nominally required to have one: former classmates Alexandra (Stephy Tang) and Alexis (Kary Ng) couldn’t be more different. Alexandra is an independent woman who works as a professional gossip broker, helping to spread and/or hoard information about Hong Kong celebrities. She's also clever, snarky and a total bitch, and addresses people with disdain if not four-letter words. In any sane motion picture, she'd be due for some sort of comeuppance. Meanwhile, Alexis is sweet, good-natured and a bit slow. She lives with her brother Norman (Sammy) while attending to her prospective in-laws, including the father (Tin Kai-Man) and Norman's bride-to-be Pearl (Chelsea Tong). She also lives outside their apartment in a structure that's barely larger than a cage, and never sticks up for herself. The two could use with some personality switching - and that's just what happens! Thanks to a barely-developed plot device, the two get the Freaky Friday treatment, and end up inhabiting one another's bodies. Obviously life lessons will be learned, and each will emerge with a better understanding of not only each other but the human condition in general. It could be a Disney movie.
However, Disney movies are not likely to have this many crude jokes, and Nobody's Perfect serves up more than enough to earn this teen-targeted film a Category IIB rating. Characters swear a blue streak (the subtitle "For Fxxk's sake!" appears about a dozen times), and there are references to such family-friendly topics as adult videos, sadomasochism, and incest. It's actually quite refreshing to see stars like Stephy Tang swear up a storm, as it gives them some dimension beyond the plastic idol image we're usually fed. For people familiar with the Gold Label stable of stars, Nobody's Perfect has its pleasures; not only do the actors play against type (thanks to the body-switching gag, both Stephy Tang and Kary Ng get to play spiteful and sweet), but they also make fun of themselves, too. One joke pokes fun at Tang's live singing, which has been criticized for being off-key. Tang willingly goes along with the gag, and is also not afraid to appear bitchy, unsympathetic, or just plain stupid. The same could be said for the rest of the cast; everyone overacts, throwing out jokes and double entendres at light speed. The effect can be fast and funny, though Patrick Kong's leaden pacing throws a wrench in the works.
Basically, Patrick Kong both damns and saves Nobody's Perfect. His jokes can be surprisingly funny, but he drags them out so long that they frequently lose their bite. He makes his actors into good comedians but leaves them out on a limb so long that they start to become annoying. He delivers a decent, if not original commercial storyilne, but spins his wheels during the second half of the film, making the whole thing a chore to follow. What helps the film is simply the humor, which is scathing but also somewhat good-natured. The filmmakers make fun of everyone, including themselves, and the film lacks the pretensions normally associated with Patrick Kong's hit romances. Ultimately, that makes it agreeable and even enjoyable, though there are so many caveats that the film is categorically not for everyone. Let's see, you need a working knowledge of Cantonese, you need to be familiar with Hong Kong pop culture, and you need to be willing to enjoy crap. Nobody's Perfect is surprisingly funny, but it could never qualify as anything more than crap. Thankfully, everyone in the film seems to understand that too, and going along with them provides a better time than expected. Besides, no movie is perfect.
by Kozo - LoveHKFilm.com
Customer Review of "Nobody's Perfect (DVD) (Hong Kong Version)"
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October 16, 2009
This is a good comedy.
If you don't laugh at all after this flick then you are definitely
too cold blooded, ha.
Kary's performance is great.
Picture quality is 6.5.
The director definitely puts a film-like feel to this movie but unfortunately
it resulted in blur and noise.
Audio is 7.5.
DD 2.0 - 2nd best.
DD 5.1 - worst.
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March 19, 2009
A bit of a madcap pantomime type this, which does have some crusty and colorful language here and there, especially at the beginning. Stephy’s character Alexandra is quite the acerbic magazine columnist and certainly stands no nonsense (I was glad when she changed into Alexis). But after the introduction this film sort of mellows (emphasis on the sort of here) and is more concerned about Alexandra (Stephy) and Alexis (Kary) personal and strange circumstances than anything else. Further into the plot you also soon accept by this movie’s quirky gravity, that it’s all a lampooned type anyway. In fact soon after Stephy and Kary’s changing places bit in the elevator, “Nobody's Perfect” gets dafter by the minute, with Stephy and Kary at one stage pretending to be two possessed loony ghosts to avoid Alexis’ parents shop being bought out. S and K also go through a bit of farcical cat fighting just before they switch (go get ‘em tigers).
The story though never really goes anywhere, and anything substantial concerning the opener’s hint about scandals and entertainment problems quickly evaporates (probably just as well), and switches more into satirical drunken bunny gear, about two body switched former school chums learning of the other’s kooky life situations. Stephy and Kary have a fun type chemistry here though, and certainly must have enjoyed making this. In fact it would be nice to see Stephy and Kary act again together in a more sober affair. Or a least a more milder comedy.
It was interesting to see Kary NG here (whose ‘Lady K - Transformations’ album I like - a type of Uhm Jung Hwa dance album) and she plays well considering her duel role. HK trio girl band ‘Hotcha’ also appear again in cameos which is nice, and no doubt Stephy is always a welcome watch for me, and she does have good acting moments in her movies. But this as got to be Patrick Kong’s most bonkers film to date. It does have moments of credit, but you certainly have to approach this film as a harmless bit of dippy fun.
Interesting also that Stephy and Kary’s character names are both versions of Alex. Now what could have given PK that idea? So, recommended if you like Stephy, Kary and Hotcha and off the wall HK comedies. But its only a film to while away that 'I just feel like a crazy comedy' feeling, really.
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March 2, 2009
|The plot of the movie is kind of pointless and not orginal. It is like watching Freaky Friday. The language of the movie is kind of inappropriate because there are many curse words. It's kind of hard to imagine those actors saying them constantly. However, I think the audience can get a laugh at certain jokes they make. Overall, it's not a great movie to watch.|