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My Lucky Star

The prequel to the 2009 film "Sophie`s Revenge" with Zhang Ziyi reprising her lead role as Sophie. A lively romantic comedy containing elements of mistaken identity and an international crime caper that takes Sophie on a glamorous adventure from Beijing to Singapore, Hong Kong and Macau. Leehom Wang stars as her love interest in the film who is a spy trying to save the world.

Language: Mandarin
Subtitle: English / Chinese
Classification: PG13
Release Date: 19 Sep 2013
Genre: Comedy / Romance
Running Time: 1 Hour 53 Minutes
Distributor: SHAW ORGANISATION
Cast: Zhang Ziyi, Leehom Wang, Yao Chen, Ruby Lin
Director: Dennie Gordon
Format: 2D

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Watch this if you liked: "Mr. & Mrs. Smith", James Bond, Austin Powers

Chinese-U.S co-productions seem to be the trend these days and the latest one to hit our shores is "My Lucky Star". Directed by veteran American TV series director Dennie Gordon, this film combines romance, comedy and a hint of spy action.

The film begins its journey in Beijing where Sophie, a quirky travel agent and struggling comic book artist, sets out on a romantic adventure that takes her to Singapore, Hong Kong and Macau. Along the way, she meets David (Leehom Wang), and the duo set out to make the world a better place.

Zhang Ziyi reprises her role as Sophie from the 2009 film "Sophie's Revenge". Think of a less melancholy Bridget Jones and Zhang Ziyi will deliver. Zhang Ziyi is usually seen as the petite kung fu fighting Asian chick in films and Leehom Wang is better known as a singer but the chemistry between the two on screen was surprisingly believable. At some point, most single ladies in the audience will be able to relate to her plight and secretly hope for a dashing international man of mystery to appear.

Director Dennie Gordon maintained the same quality that we see in most of her TV series. There were comic book elements infused into some scenes that provided comic relief and added a touch of quirkiness to the film. Overall, the film wasn't too demanding in terms of special effects but there was a fair bit of stunt work involved when it came to the action scenes.

There's nothing particularly spectacular or unfavourable about "My Lucky Star" that deserves a mention but there are probably more cons than pros with this one. Sophie's excessive ideals on romance could have been toned down a bit and there were one too many scenes in which she was either too high pitched or too whiny which seems to be a trademark for Chinese films. On the upside, the films quirky character makes the cons bearable.

"My Lucky Star" uses the textbook recipe for an entertaining film. It's got the comedy, a bit of action here and there, a hint of international intrigue, a whole lot of romance and most importantly, it's got eye candy with Zhang Ziyi and Leehom Wang. That should be enough of an excuse to watch this film.

If you have not seen "Sophie's Revenge", there's no need to run out and find a copy immediately. "My Lucky Star" has a self-contained storyline that doesn't require a catch-up.

Cinema Online, 09 September 2013
   
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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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