Movie Details


Implemented in 2007, the anti-smoking law bans smoking in all indoor areas, pushing office smokers to take their cigarette breaks in the street and creating a new community known as the "Hot Pot Pack". Jimmy (Shawn Yue), a mild mannered advertising executive in his twenties, befriends a misfit cosmetics salesgirl Cherie (Mirriam Yeung) who also likes to light up. An awkward romance soon blossoms amidst the anxiety of their nicotine rush. As they become more attached to each other, they also find themselves moving farther away from their regular "hot pot pack" into their own private alley.

Language: Mandarin
Subtitle: NA
Classification: NC16
Release Date: 22 Apr 2010
Genre: Comedy / Romance
Running Time: 1 Hour 43 Minutes
Cast: Miriam Yeung, Shawn Yue, Cheung Tat Ming
Director: Pang Ho-Cheung
Format: NA


Writer: Goh Wen Xuan

Writer Ratings:

Watch this if you liked: “Hooked On You”, “Crossing Hennessey”

Zhi-Ming and Chun-Kiew are two of the most down-to-earth, common names you can find in Taiwan. It could probably mean that the movie's characters are also common people found in the daily lives of Hong Kong. However, this isn't a 'kampung-styled' love story; it's an urban rom-com, set amongst two smokers during the non-smoking ban in February 2009.

Cheung Zhi-Ming (Shawn Yue) meets Yu Chun-Kiew (Miriam Yeung) during a cigarette break behind an alley with his colleagues. The two strike up an unlikely friendship after that rendezvous, and continued to meet up for a puff or two, including texting each other continuously whenever they're free. Sounds like a love connection in the making? Unfortunately, both of them are already attached! Nevertheless, Zhi-Ming continues to meet up with Chun-Kiew, causing Chun-Kiew to break up with her live-in boyfriend.

The story is based on the usual lives of smokers, always huddling together for a quick smoke, thus exchanging various information like gossips, ghost stories, or even ridiculous gags. The movie started with an eerie incident at the car park, which turned out to be one of the horror stories told by a pizza delivery guy during their cigarette breaks. It also intertwines with several impromptu interviews with characters in the movie, discussing about their private lives, as well as their past experiences in smoking. Some people might think that it would be redundant, but it reveals quite a lot of unanswered plots in the movie.

Shawn Yue and Miriam Yeung might be superstars in Hong Kong, but in "Love In A Puff", they're just the average Hong Kongers on the streets. Not much is to be commented on their acting, as both of them were very comfortable in their dialogues as well as the relaxed chemistry between them. Praises should be given to director Pang Ho-Cheung for simple, laid back dialogues (including mild curses that should be retained!), and great cinematography (accentuating Miriam's hair colour). Give this a go if you love Miriam Yeung's bubbly character; avoid it if you think Miriam and Shawn smoking really turns you off.

Cinema Online, 09 June 2010
Effective 15 July 2011
G - Suitable for all ages
PG - Suitable for all ages, but parents should provide guidance to their young
PG13 - Suitable for persons aged 13 and above, but parental guidance is advised for children below 13
NC16 - Suitable for persons aged 16 years and above
M18 - Suitable for persons aged 18 years and above
R21 - Restricted to persons aged 21 and above only
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