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Fantasia 2012 review: Love in the Buff

love-in-the-buffLove in the Buff (2012)
Director: Pang Ho-Cheung ; Screenplay: Pang Ho-Cheung, Luk Yee-sum, Jody Luk
Cast: Miriam Yeung, Shawn Yu, Mini Yang, Vincent Kuk, Susan Shaw

This a pretty good romantic comedy/drama that deals with adult relationships in a mature, realistic way while offering up a fair number of laughs along the way. The film is a sequel to Love in a Puff which I haven’t seen but was vaguely aware of. It’s not essential to watch it to enjoy Love in the Buff but it was easy to see that those who watched and remembered the previous installment would more likely understand some of the quiet moments that occur in the beginning of the story.

After an amusing beginning about a black widow, the story focuses on the main Hong Kong couple of Cherie and Jimmy. Their relationship has become strained as Jimmy consistently misses various appointments with Cherie because of work (although it isn’t always work that’s keeping Jimmy away). Fed up with his immaturity, Cherie moves out from their apartment. Jimmy tries to re-conciliate but ends up moving to BeiJing due to a change in his job. Coincidentally, months later, Cherie’s job also has her moving to BeiJing. In the captial, they both find new and more appropriate love interests. Of course, they run into each other “by chance” in BeiJing which ignites old feelings which prompts them to secretly meet. There comes a point where both are forced to make a decision between each other or their other love interests.

What’s refreshing about this story is its portrayal of how somewhat “little” things can cause problems in relationships and how their increasing frequency if unresolved can lead to break ups. The mystery of love is also shown as Cherie and Jimmy despite their incompatibility can’t quite let go of each other. Their interactions with each other and their friends are the main source of laughs with ample amounts of swearing. There are also additional laughs for those who are familiar with Hong Kong and mainland actors/singers like Ekin Cheng or Huang Xiao-ming. The ending is cliche but otherwise believable. Be sure to stick around for the end credits for easily the funniest sequence of the entire film.

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Longtime fan of East Asian films. Occasional guest "movie reporter" on the music radio show / podcast "Beats From The East" broadcasted on Concordia University's CJLO 1690AM radio station in Montreal, Quebec, Canada.

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