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Alex Fong Lik Sun (Actor) | Gillian Chung (Actor) | Stephen Fung (Actor) | Tian Liang (Actor)
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True love is truly worth the wait, as Jeff Lau's romantic sports comedy The Fantastic Water Babes is finally revealed to the world after its release was delayed for two years. Set almost entirely on the island of Cheung Chau, Lau uses the community as the setting for his unique brand of eccentric humor and poignant romance. The writer-director's portrayal of the seaside town and its people may not be entirely accurate, but it's nevertheless filled with plenty of offbeat local charm that the bustling metropolis doesn't offer. Twins' Gillian Chung and pop idol Alex Fong Lik Sun lead an eccentric cast that includes Eva Huang (Kung Fu Hustle), Stephen Fung (Enter the Phoenix), Simon Lui (Troublesome Night series), and even Olympic gold medallist diver Tian Liang in a special cameo.

Gil (Gillian Chung) is a vengeful girl who's just lost her boyfriend. Out of reckless anger, she joins the Fantastic Water Babes swimming competition against her romantic rival and her friends (including model Chrissie Chau), even though she doesn't know how to swim. When celebrity swimmer Yuen (Alex Fong Lik Sun) doesn't follow through on his public promise to help her, Gil kidnaps him to Cheung Chau to make him teach her and her friends how to swim. With the entire community of Cheung Chau working to keep Yuen on the island, there is no escape for him. Yuen slowly comes to like the community and Gil, but will that make her give up her revenge plan?

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Product Title: The Fantastic Water Babes (Blu-ray) (Hong Kong Version) 出水芙蓉 (Blu-ray) (香港版) 出水芙蓉 (Blu-ray) (香港版) 出水芙蓉 (Blu-ray) (香港版) The Fantastic Water Babes (Blu-ray) (Hong Kong Version)
Artist Name(s): Alex Fong Lik Sun (Actor) | Gillian Chung (Actor) | Stephen Fung (Actor) | Tian Liang (Actor) | Eva Huang (Actor) | Chrissie Chau (Actor) | Qian Li Mei (Actor) | Zhu Xun (Actor) | Simon Lui (Actor) | Jacqueline Law (Actor) | Natalie Tang (Actor) | Ava Yu (Actor) 方 力申 (Actor) | 鍾欣桐 (Actor) | 馮德倫 (Actor) | 田亮 (Actor) | 黃聖依 (Actor) | 周秀娜 (Actor) | 茜利妹 (Actor) | 朱薰 (Actor) | 雷宇揚 (Actor) | 羅慧娟 (Actor) | 唐 詩詠 (Actor) | 雨僑 (Actor) 方力申 (Actor) | 锺欣桐 (Actor) | 冯德伦 (Actor) | 田亮 (Actor) | 黄圣依 (Actor) | 周秀娜 (Actor) | 茜利妹 (Actor) | 朱薰 (Actor) | 雷宇扬 (Actor) | 罗慧娟 (Actor) | 唐 诗咏 (Actor) | 廖羽翘 雨侨 (Actor) 方力申 (アレックス・フォン) (Actor) | 鍾欣桐 (ジリアン・チョン) (Actor) | 馮徳倫(スティーブン・フォン) (Actor) | 田亮(ティエン・リャン) (Actor) | 黄聖依 (ホアン・シェンイー、エヴァ・ホアン) (Actor) | 周秀娜 (クリッシー・チャウ) (Actor) | Qian Li Mei (Actor) | 朱薰(ヂュウ・シュン) (Actor) | 雷宇楊(ルイ・ユーヨン) (Actor) | 羅慧娟(ジャクリーン・ロー) (Actor) | 唐詠詩(トン・ウィンシー) (Actor) | 羽翹 (アヴァ) (Actor) Alex Fong Lik Sun (Actor) | Gillian Chung (Actor) | Stephen Fung (Actor) | Tian Liang (Actor) | Eva Huang (Actor) | Chrissie Chau (Actor) | Qian Li Mei (Actor) | Zhu Xun (Actor) | Simon Lui (Actor) | Jacqueline Law (Actor) | Natalie Tang (Actor) | Ava Yu (Actor)
Director: Jeff Lau 劉鎮偉 刘镇伟 劉鎮偉(ジェフ・ラウ) Jeff Lau
Blu-ray Region Code: All Region What is it?
Release Date: 2010-09-15
Language: Cantonese, Mandarin
Subtitles: English, Traditional Chinese, Simplified Chinese
Place of Origin: Hong Kong
Picture Format: [HD] High Definition What is it?
Sound Information: 7.1, Dolby TrueHD, DTS-HD Master Audio
Disc Format(s): Blu-ray
Screen Resolution: 1080p (1920 x 1080 progressive scan)
Rating: IIA
Duration: 89 (mins)
Publisher: Vicol Entertainment Ltd. (HK)
Package Weight: 120 (g)
Shipment Unit: 1 What is it?
YesAsia Catalog No.: 1023458650

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* Special Features (Approx: 72mins):
1. Trailer
2. Interviews
3. Deleted Scenes
4. NG Shots
5. Music Video
6. Behind The Scenes

Director: Lau Chun Wai

After a painful break-up, Gill is determined to win back her boyfriend by competing against her in the forthcoming swim meet. Barely able to swim, Gill kidnaps champion swimmer Chi to coach her. Chi repeatedly tries to escape but fails to get past the islands' tight security. Chi finally gives in and starts to train Gill and her friends. Using unconventional methods, Chi is soon able to boost Gill's confidence. All of a sudden, they find their true love!
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Professional Review of "The Fantastic Water Babes (Blu-ray) (Hong Kong Version)"

September 27, 2010

This professional review refers to The Fantastic Water Babes (DVD) (Hong Kong Version)
Two years was a long time to wait for The Fantastic Water Babes. It's not the film's fault; Water Babes was cursed by its association with the 2008 Edison Chen sex photo scandal, which made the film's star and photo scandal participant Gillian Chung persona non grata in China. The fallout: Water Babes was barred from the mainland, and rather than give up and opt for a Hong Kong-only release (like Media Asia did with the Edison Chen starrer Sniper), EEG decided to wait. And wait. And wait some more. Hell, director Jeff Lau even managed to make two more films while waiting for Water Babes to finally leave the vault. Everyone got older, too.

Well, the wait is finally over. Was it worth it? Um…probably not, because you'd have to be making Avatar or Bodyguards and Assassins to justify such a publicized delay. This is only Fantastic Water Babes, a movie about a bunch of girls who enter a swimming competition to gain vengeance for one of them being dumped. That's a Grade-Z unoriginal premise, but this is Jeff Lau at the helm, so you know it's not going to be a simple zero-to-hero tale involving girls in swimsuits. Nope, it'll involve cartoon violence, a kidnapping, a terminal disease, Chinese sea deities, and someone with supposed super powers. It also has Stephen Fung in drag. That's right, one of the Gen-X Cops dons a wig, spray-on tan and fake boobs just for giggles. On second that, maybe it was worth waiting two years for this movie.

Gillian Chung stars as Gil, a typical Hong Kong girl whose obsession with herself knows no reasonable bounds. After seeing her boyfriend canoodling with a rival via hidden camera, Gil loses it and tries to drown herself in the sea surrounding her island home of Cheung Chau. However, after falling in, she supposedly spies Kwan Yin, the Goddess of Water, who according to legend will grant those who see her with super powers. Her friends (Eva Huang and DJs Hyper BB and Chu Tun) don't want Gil attempting suicide again, so they pretend that Gil really does have powers, and they enlist the entire community of Cheung Chau to aid in the deception. Ergo, if Gil asks someone to start eating trash the person does so, just so they can support her fantasy and prevent her from going all mental. Wow! Cheung Chau people are awesome! Good thing Gil doesn't ask someone to give her their life savings.

However, Gil goes too far when she takes her super powers to Hong Kong Island and attempts to use them on her rival, who's competing with pals (including bikini babe Chrissie Chau in a ballyhooed background role) in the Water Babes Swimming Contest. Gil embarrasses herself by falling into the pool, but she's rescued by super-charming celebrity swimmer Kwok Chi-Yuen (Alex Fong Lik-Sun), who says he'll help her enter the contest and win. Gil is moved but it's all a fat lie - Chi-Yuen's charity is just a publicity ploy and he doesn't give a rat's ass about Gil or her problems. In retaliation, Gil kidnaps Chi-Yuen and spirits him to Cheung Chau, where she and the locals conspire to keep him until he decides to help Gil win the swimming contest. Cue ninety minutes of gestating attraction and disconnected wackiness. Can Gil and her pals get it together to win the Water Babes contest? And will she and Chi-Yuen find true love? Is this premise anything but predictable?

No it isn't, but Jeff Lau manages enough surprise to make the ride an amusing if not consistently entertaining one. Some of his disconnected gags are creative and funny, and his portrait of picturesque Cheung Chau and its borderline insane inhabitants is fun and enjoyable. Gillian Chung does a fine job in the lead, at times making the audience forget her tarnished image, and she's complimented well by Alex Fong, who takes on the tougher character arc. The actual character development never surpasses cliché, but Fong and his Andy Lau-like mannerisms deliver solid lightweight star presence. Stephen Fung plays the loony Cheung Chau neighbor who serves no real purpose, but Fung manages to steal the film anyway. Olympic diver Tian Liang shows up in an amusing cameo, and Eva Huang earns sympathy as Gil's disease-afflicted best pal. Nobody here performs to an award-worthy level, but if you expected them to then that's your problem.

Fantastic Water Babes never truly coheres, delivering a weak storyline, routine character development and a bizarre climax, which involves real super powers and an out-of-nowhere environmental message that seems cribbed from a Studio Ghibli animation. Sealing the deal are unconvincing special effects and some unearned applause from the in-film crowd, who should really be wondering what the hell just happened instead of cheering wildly at the strangeness they just witnessed. As a sports movie, Fantastic Water Babes is a total bust, but as a Jeff Lau film - i.e., a nonsense comedy mixing creative gags and unexpected emotion - it does the job, and proves more successful than the ill-handled Kung Fu Cyborg. Lau does better with the romance this time too; Lau always enjoys mixing ardent emotions with broad slapstick, and here he ties it to his narrative well, with some scenes between Fong and Chung nearly soaring. Fantastic Water Babes isn't as good as its title, and is hard to recommend to anyone expecting a consistent or accessible time at the movies. It has its moments, though, and in a Jeff Lau film, that's usually enough.

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