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The Golden Girls
Year: 1995
Anita Yuen and Lau Ching-Wan
Director: Joe Ma Wai-Ho
Producer: Cheung Chi-Sing
Writer: Joe Ma Wai-Ho, Cheung Chi-Sing
Cast: Anita Yuen Wing-Yee, Lau Ching-Wan, Ada Choi Siu-Fun, Pauline Suen Kai-Kwan, Allen Fong Yuk-Ping, Wong Yat-Fei, Cheung Tat-Ming, Yeung Ping-Lan, Pak Yiu-Chan, Francis Ng Chun-Yu, Madam Nancy (Lan Sai), Michael Tse Tin-Wah, Cheung Chi-Sing, Lee Lik-Chee, Manfred Wong, Vincent Kok Tak-Chiu, Josephine Koo Mei-Wah
The Skinny: Probably 1995's most underrated film. Anita Yuen and Lau Ching-Wan shine in director Joe Ma's romantic sleeper.
by Kozo:
     Director Joe Ma's delightful romantic comedy tells the story of an aspiring actress (Anita Yuen) and her screenwriter/director admirer (Lau Ching-Wan) as they both try to make it in the 1960s HK film industry. Anita canít succeed despite her acting talents because sheís not a babe. Lau loves her and wants to find work for her, but he canít because sheís not a babe. Ada Choi is Anitaís best friend, who makes it big because she is a babe, though she's also a laughable actress. Somehow the three get caught up in a love triangle that spans years and more than a few hairstyle changes.
     The Golden Girls
is surprisingly good because it actually tells a story, a welcome break from the Anita Yuen/Lau Ching-Wan silliness the HK film industry normally regurgitates. This is an excellent HK commercial film with enough laughs and tugs at the heart to satisfy any moviegoer taken by the filmís beguiling charms. The chemistry between Anita Yuen and Lau Ching-Wan has never been more apparent, as they play off each other remarkably well. Other plusses include jokey asides at the HK film industry and Francis Ng in one of his better over-acting cameos. The Golden Girls doesnít accomplish anything grand but itís an enjoyable, watchable movie with good performances and an entertaining parade of seventies costumes and hairdos. A sweet, charming sleeper. (Kozo 1995)
Availability: DVD (Hong Kong)
Region 0 NTSC
Mei Ah Laser
Cantonese and Mandarin Language Tracks
Removable English and Chinese Subtitles

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