Gorgeous (Mini Review)
UNIVERSE
 
Starring:
Directed By:
Kok Tak-Chiu
Year:
1999
Run Time:
119 mins
Producer: Universe
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Languages:
CANTONESE 5.1, Mandarin 5.1
Subtitles:
English, Chinese (S&T)
W/S Subtitles:
Yes
Ratio:
2.35:1 Non-Anamorphic
Region:
NTSC 0
Genre:
Romantic Comedy - Cat.IIA
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MOVIE
7/10

Goldie (Shu Qi) finds a bottle washed ashore which contains a message...and decides to travel to Hong Kong to find its author and, in her mind, the man of her dreams.
That person turns out to be Tony Leung Chiu-Wai - a man suitable in every way, except for one small sticking point...he's gay!
Wanting to help this poor country bumpkin find love, Tony goes about trying to set her up with the man of her dreams. And in steps millionaire playboy Jackie (Jackie Chan)!

Whilst this rom-com fails in many places, the likeability of the cast, humour, and numerous cameos leave you with a nice warm feeling inside as the final credits roll.
Those hoping for some quality Jackie action will be disappointed however, as due to the films fluffy nature, the fight scenes are all played for laughs.

PICTURE
9/10

Very sharp and almost totally mark-free, Universe's transfer is very good indeed.
Colour and black levels are both pleasingly solid, whilst artifacting is nowhere to be seen.

SOUND
9/10

Filmed in Dolby 5.1 this subtle though well-mixed soundtrack does its job extremely well.
Directional effects are, as you would expect, never particularly aggressive, but dialogue is clear and distortion free.

SUBTITLES
8/10

A little oversimplified at times, the subs otherwise do an excellent job of translating the jokes and general dialogue throughout.
Thankfully, writing is also translated, and errors are few and far between.

EXTRAS
8/10

An unusually healthy selection of extras can be found on the disc:

Making Of
This 30 minute Making Of.., fully subbed in English, is well worth worth sticking with. Interviews with cast and crew, plus lots of bloopers make this a pleasant way to pass the time.

Star's Interviews
This section contains two interviews - one with Jackie and the other with Director Kok Tak-Chiu.
In a nice twist, you select the question from a list of ten per interviewee, and then get the response as a (usually quite short) video clip.

Theatrical Trailer

Other Trailers
• King Of Comedy • Hot War• Rush Hour •

Star Files (Biographies and Filmographies)
• Jackie Chan • Shu Qi • Tony Leung • Kok Tak-Chui •

MTV
A choice of either the insipid, Disney-esque love song and music video in either Cantonese or Mandarin.

Press Conference
A very quick look at the meeting of stars and press at the film's Q&A session.

CONCLUSION
7/10

Gorgeous is the film equivalent of candy-floss: incredibly sweet, artificial, and utterly unfilling, but something you can't stop yourself enjoying!

MOVIE 7/10
PICTURE
9/10
SOUND
9/10
SUBTITLES
8/10
EXTRAS
7/10
MENUS
8/10
PACKAGING
7/10
OVERALL 7/10