Coming to Bluray from director Zheng Xu, writer Huan Shu and Well Go USA Entertainment comes a comedy of life errors when you are “Lost in Hong Kong.”
Xu Lai (Xu Zheng) is an art major at the Chinese University of Hong Kong. While there he meets Yang Yi (Du Juan), a beautiful artist who steals his heart. Time after time they try to take the relationship to the next step with a kiss and time after time something stands in their way.
When Yang Yi continues her education far away, Xu Lai falls into a funk. Classmate Cai Bo (Zhao Wei) scoops up a broken man and there relationship grows into marriage and life changes. Xu Lai changes his career and works for his father-in-law at a bra factory and Cai Bo is desperate to have a baby.
One morning he receives a text from Yang Yi telling him there is an art show that she really wants him to attend. Keeping it to himself, Xu Lai makes plans to take her a gift. That is until Cai Lala (Bao Bei’er) decides he wants to make a documentary about his brother-in-law’s inability to get his sister pregnant and becomes his shadow.
They don’t get as far as the front door before life puts everything in front of Xu Lai and it’s usually because of Cai Lala! When a murder takes place in a hotel next to theirs, interesting characters begin to show up wanting Cai Lala’s camera. He thinks brother-in-law is having an affair and Xu Lai wants to make it to the end of the day alive.
It is a good day to straighten out your life!
Zheng as Xu Lai is absolutely brilliant. He really does go through the ringer in this role and it looks so physical and all in the name of love. Here is a man who is unhappy with where he is in life – not able to make his wife happy, definitely not able to make the in-law’s happy and remembering the past as the best days of his life. Zheng brings heart to this role and I really enjoyed it.
Bei’er as Cai Lala is just the biggest pain in the butt I think I’ve ever seen. Desperate to film a great documentary he doesn’t have limits to what he will film or how it looks. Believing Xu Lai is having a mid-life crisis, he is not about to see his sister go through anything she doesn’t have to.
Juan as Yang Yi is elegant and creative as the love of Xu Lai’s life. Wanting to see him again there is a chance for them to talk about what once was and see if there was a kiss in their future.
Wei as Cai Bo (or Spinach) wants to do everything to make her husband happy. Believing in him artistically, believing he will make a good dad and trying to surprise him with his dream – Wei is not only believable but adorable.
Other cast include: Sam Lee as Tai Pak Ho, Pan Hong as Pan Tongtong, Zhao Youliang as Cai Youilang, and Che Biu-law as the Locksmith.
TUBS OF POPCORN: I give “Lost in Hong Kong” three and a half tubs of popcorn out of five. There is so much comedy here but not only in the crafty writing but the physical comedy. The storyline is so much fun and a trip through the city brings in such amazing characters.
Not wanting to give too much away, “Lost in Hong Kong” is a fun roller coaster ride of love, family, fun, loyalty, remembering, longing and realizations. There is certainly nothing wrong with a film that encompasses all of that and makes sure that action and laughter are topping on the cake.
In the end — what we want isn’t always what we want!