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Pretty Woman
Year: 1992 "Keep smiling and they'll let us go home."
Alex Fong and Veronica Yip
Director: Yeung Chi-Yin
Cast: Veronica Yip Yuk-Hing, Alex Fong Chung-Sun, Ken Tong Chun-Yip, Mondi Yau Yuet-Ching, Tsang Siu-Yin, Charlie Cho Cha-Lei, Wu Ma, Lee Yuet-Sin, Suen Kwok-Ming, Philip Keung Ho-Man
The Skinny: Veronica Yip fans: this could be the greatest film ever.
by Kozo:
     Not to be confused with the American film starring Julia Roberts, this Pretty Woman is rather standard Category 3 fare featuring the sultry Veronica Yip. She plays Minmin, a club girl who’s hired by the evil Ken Tong to impersonate a co-worker who he raped and murdered - though Minmin doesn’t know that. She’s supposed to drop a letter off and resign, but when she sees that dream guy Alex Fong (in an early role) is running the company, she promptly takes the letter back and continues her deception, much to Ken’s dismay. Eventually, Alex falls for her, but what happens when he finds out she’s a club girl? 
     What follows is the usual stuff you’d expect from a Hong Kong Category 3 film. It's a mishmash of all genres punctuated by extensive nudity and softcore silliness. There is ample opportunity to ogle Yip, especially during the legendary shower sequence, which clocks at over ten minutes (!) and basically takes the time to shoot her from every conceivable angle. Such creativity in the pursuit of smut is commendable, especially when the filmmakers (whoever they are) add Alex Fong as the kick-ass office boss, who manages to wallop bad guys at every opportunity. It’s amazing how Hong Kong flicks can make room for martial arts action in nearly every type of film. 
     Eventually the whole thing devolves into something not unlike the American Pretty Woman, complete with Alex Fong in a tux wooing hooker/club girl Veronica Yip. This film is crap by nearly any definition, except perhaps the Hong Kong standard. Everything they intended made it onto the screen, so lambasting this picture for not achieving high art status is useless. This is low-brow entertainment - if that’s your ticket then this is your movie. What's funny about all of this is that Veronica Yip can actually act. However, it’s not her acting abilities that you’re watching in this movie. 
(Kozo 1997)
Availability: DVD (Hong Kong)
Region 0 NTSC
Fortex Group
Cantonese and Mandarin Language Tracks
English and Chinese Subtitles
image courtesy of Ocean Shores Licensing, Ltd.
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