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The Irresistible Piggies
Chinese: 豬扒大聯盟
Promotional artwork for The Irresistible Piggies
Year: 2002
Director: Lo Kim-Wah
Producer: Wong Jing
Writer: Wong Jing
Cast: Michelle Reis, Karen Mok Man-Wai, Suki Kwan Sau-Mei, Kelly Lin, Jordan Chan Siu-Chun, Raymond Wong Ho-Yin, Stephen Fung Tak-Lun, Alex To Tak-Wai, Lo Hoi-Pang, Hui Siu-Hung, Matt Chow Hoi-Kwong, Florence Kwok Siu-Wan, Chapman To Man-Chat, Chan Kin-Fung
The Skinny: Tasteless comedy from the master of tasteless comedies, Wong Jing. Despite some good performers and a reasonably promising premise, the lazy screenwriting and annoying direction make this a forgettable experience.
by Kozo:

Last year's Love on a Diet featured two HK megastars slimming down from three-hundred pound-plus bodies in the name of comedy hijinks. The comedy could have been construed poorly, but that crew managed to escape without blatantly slamming the overweight. That's not the case for The Irresistible Piggies, which casts four lovely HK actresses as physically flawed office workers who exact revenge on their shallow bosses by turning into runway models. Blaming it on any one person would probably be unfair, but we have a convenient target here: Wong Jing.

Mo (Michelle Reis) works in a mobile phone company called LMF (an obvious joke on the popular HK rap group) and moonlights as Miss 7:15, a radio DJ. She's afflicted with baldness, which gives her an unsightly lack of hair on top. Working with her are three other not-so-pretty ladies. Hung (Kelly Lin) has a large red birthmark on the right side of her face ala Wu Yen. Pao (Suki Kwan) has buck teeth and abnormally small eyes. And So Mei (Karen Mok) developed an abnormal output of male hormones when she was sexually assaulted back in high school. Her superhero origin story involves enhanced strength and an abundance of body hair, making her look like the eighties version of the artist formerly known as Prince. Together, the four are known as the "Four Pork Chops", pork chop being Cantonese slang for an ugly woman.

The four are singled out by evil boss Christine (Needing You bad girl Florence Kwok), who targets three of the girls for lay-offs when the company has a cash shortage. Mo decides to follow her buddies into unemployment, but luckily they find a plan for revenge. Flaming homosexual Chun Chun (Jordan Chan with blond hair) tells them that they need more than brains to strike back. He asserts that beauty isn't just helpful, it's necessary. Hopefully, this message will not sink in with the likely junior high schoolers who might take in this film. Most youngsters don't need any more body image issues, and this film slyly hints that to get what you want (and indeed what's right) you have to look like Michelle Reis, Karen Mok, Kelly Lin or Suki Kwan. Which is to say, you need to look stunningly gorgeous.

Not that the movie really has any messages to tell. It's what you'd expect from a Wong Jing production, meaning lots of eye candy and barely a semblance of a storyline. Whatever plot there is exists merely as a tool to get good looking people together by the ninety-minute mark. With that in mind, The Irresistible Piggies is a resounding success, as almost all the ladies pair off with their respective guys. Mo gets Turtle (Raymond Wong), a shy guy who turns bright red in an amusingly virginal way.

Turtle's cousin Alan (Stephen Fung) is a self-avowed playboy, but he develops a mutual admiration for Hung. Pao hooks up with her former boss Gordon (Alex To), one of the nicest executives you'll ever meet. (In one fantasy moment, Gordon suggests that everyone at LMF take a 20% pay cut instead of lay off a few people - and everyone agrees!) And finally, So Mei develops "something" with Chun Chun. Pretty people hook up with other pretty people and the natural order is preserved. Or something like that.

Still, it would be nice if a passably creative production could surround the commercial requirements. Unfortunately Wong Jing's script is lazy and uninspired, and frequently turns unfunny and even cruel. And director Lo Kim-Wah (Sunshine Cops, Marooned) handles the proceedings with the delicacy of a wrecking ball. His idea of funny is wacky fast motion violence and goofy sound effects stolen from the Japanese Anime One Piece. Unfortunately, the effect is more annoying than funny.

At least some of the performers handle their parts decently. Karen Mok and Jordan Chan have always been effective comic performers, and they perform well even if their characters are so overdrawn as to be nearly offensive. Stephen Fung makes a delightful jerk, and Michelle Reis and Suki Kwan are their usual agreeable selves. Fans of the stars might find a necessary fix with this production, though the alternate reaction would probably be embarrassment. Given Hong Kong's recent lack of output, it's nice for the actors to get any film work at all. However, one wishes their chosen projects left them looking better. (Kozo 2002)  

Availability: DVD (Hong Kong)
Region 0 NTSC
Mei Ah Laser
16x9 Anamorphic Widescreen
Cantonese and Mandarin Language Tracks
Removable English and Chinese subtitles

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