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Love in the Buff

Quebec Premiere
  • Hong Kong
  • 2012
  • 111 mins
  • 35mm
  • Cantonese / Mandarin
  • English / Chinese (subtitles)
Official Selection, New York Asian Film Festival 2012
Official Selection, Udine Far East Film Festival 2012
Official Selection, Hong Kong International Film Festival 2012 (Opening Film)

“Hip and sassy… painfully on-target” — Deborah Young, HOLLYWOOD REPORTER

“Relentlessly entertaining” — Edmund Lee, SCREEN INTERNATIONAL

Beijing, present day — 25 million people! One billion cigarettes! A place where matchmaking parents pimp their sons to potential girlfriends in the park and where single men may or may not look like stars from the Ip Man films. That sets the scene for the return of the vulgar Hong Kong lovebirds Jimmy and Cherrie, who have relocated to the thriving capital city with their wisecracking entourage. But Jimmy (Shawn Yu from SHAMO) has a Peter Pan complex that abruptly ends their Cinderella tale. Luckily, Jimmy rebounds quickly with the younger and more easygoing YouYou, who allows he and his band of brothers to indulge in the pleasures of the city with youthful vigour and full immunity. Meanwhile, Cherie (Miriam Yeung from 3 EXTREMES) has reached the “auntiehood stage”, according to her friends. She plunges into the undiscovered world of dating. On one routine date, she is trapped in the washroom and her cell phone has descended too deep for her to reach. An older and more responsible man materializes to her rescue and voilà, they’re an item. However, the former couple can’t resist the temptation of cheating on their new, improved better halves as they embark on mini-adventures of meeting up secretly. Little do they know, a famous karaoke song will hold the balance of love. Or will it?

The eagerly awaited follow-up to sleeper hit LOVE IN A PUFF finally arrives at Fantasia. BUFF is already the most successful film of the year in its home territory, with audiences and critics propelling the characters into become pop-culture icons. The quintessential Hong Kong director of the modern era, Pang Ho-Cheung (whose outrageous VULGARIA also plays the fest this year) assaults your funnybones with full fury. Pang perfectly balances a film that is universal while maintaining the distinct HK humour. Think of Pang as a HK version of Kevin Smith circa CHASING AMY and CLERKS. LOVE IN THE BUFF is very frank in its depiction of modern relationships, fully loaded with streetsmart profanity but poking fun at it at the same time. Let’s not forget his trademark absurdities — Eunuch proclaiming it’s okay to sexually harass a flight attendant up to two times, Brenda meeting the love of her life with a Huang Xia-Ming look-alike (played by the real Huang, who appeared in IP MAN 2) or foulmouthed Isabelle telling Cherie to spread her legs for her new boyfriend — in his presence.

— King-Wei Chu