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Love on a Diet (2001)

Cast: Andy Lau, Sammi Cheng, Rikiya Kurokawa, more...
Director: Wai Ka-Fai, Johnny To
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Rating: Not Rated
Studio: China Star Entertainment Group
Genre: Comedies, Foreign, Romantic Comedy, Hong Kong
Running Time: 94 min.
Languages: Cantonese, Mandarin
Subtitles: English
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Johnny To directs this delightful comedy romance with special effects done by the same crew responsible for THE NUTTY PROFESSOR I and II! To win back the heart of her pianist lover, plum and chubby Mini (Pop diva Sammi Cheng) vows to lose 300 pounds in six months. She gets help from the equally obese Fatso (Superstar Andy Lau) who, in the process of slimming Mini down, eventually falls in love with her. A huge box office hit in Hong Kong, LOVE ON A DIET is a comic gem stuffed with heart!

GreenCine Member Reviews

Odd concept well executed by kamapuaa August 24, 2003 - 2:17 AM PDT
2 out of 2 members found this review helpful
This movie doesn't progress that much beyond the unique concept of very popular HK actors making a movie in fat suits. The plot doesn't try very hard, and there's never any doubt which way the romance is headed.

Still, this movie ends up being far more entertaining than it had any right to be. Andy Lau and Sammi Cheng do an excellent job inhabiting their fat suits - while their arms & fingers simultaneously look fake and disgustingly reminscent of dead flesh, they move and react so naturally in their suits that it's entirely possible to forget they're not really grossly overweight. At the same time, they manage to make their characters as likeable as ever - actually, Sammi Cheng is at her best here.

The setting in Japan is surprising, but works well. Every scene, however predictable the situation, is well-written and entertaining. Many fat jokes are made, and there seems to be an implicit acceptance of eating tapeworms to lose weight(???), but overall I think fat people are treated more humanly, without condescension, than any other movie "about" the overweight.

GreenCine Member Rating

(Average 7.12)
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