so I admit it - I like romantic comedies.
I know, I know...I'm a bloke: I should only enjoy watching John
Woo blood 'n' bullet ballets or Sammo
Hung kicking seven shades of s**t out of his stunt crew.
But no, sometimes only a good rom-com will do, and so with that
in mind I decided to pick up Ip Kam-Hung's
Sitting in her bath, contemplating life without the one she loves,
Athena (Kelly Chen) is visited by Angel
As his name implies, the winged man that crashes through her skylight
is in fact an Angel of Happiness, sent plummeting to earth after
being struck by lightning.
Athena allows Angel to stay with her as his damaged wing recovers
in return for his cooking and cleaning skills.
An Aromatherapist by trade, Athena drags Angel to work with her
one day, which proves a big hit with her group of students.
However, she gradually begins to find that it is no longer her boyfriend's
scent she pines for, but Angel's...
This unashamedly syrupy offering from 2000 rarely reaches the standards
set by Anna Magdelana, or for that
matter, your average romantic comedy.
The chemistry between the two actors borders on non-existent for
much of the running time, and it's only with the film's final twist
that the pair seem genuinely attracted to one another.
Also, the overly-quirky nature of Athena's Aromatherapy students
begins to irritate as do Kelly Chen's
These jarring elements are given some sort of explanation at the
film's conclusion, but not in a particularly satisfying, or convincing,
If the film has one genuinely affecting moment, it is the scene
in which Cheng Pei-Pei's Aromatherapy
student speaks to Athena of her first love. It's possibly the least
extravagant scene, which runs for little more than a few minutes,
but it gives a glimpse as to what the film could have been had more
subtly been exercised.
The movie's ending is nicely played, and the variety of musical
influences used throughout adds to the enjoyment, but overall this
contains neither enough romance or comedy to really pull on the
Having been spoilt by
Hong Kong Legend's extensive print restoration, I was somewhat concerned
as to whether Universe's transfer would impress me.
Thankfully, the print's condition is excellent, with only a couple
of sparkles and nicks appearing over the running time.
A pleasing amount of detail is contained within the transfer, with
only a couple of scenes looking slightly soft. Also, whilst some
colour bleeding is evident, the film's warm cinematography is very
The two aspects which let the transfer down are the very mild, but
frequent, artifacting and some occasional smearing.
in synch-sound and originally presented in Dolby Surround, the Dolby
Digital remix is very subtle, with little activity from the rear
The front speakers handle music, dialogue and sound effects extremely
well throughout. No crackles or muddying of the soundtrack is evident.
A conservative, but excellent, Dolby 5.1 mix.
well-translated, and transcribed, set of English subtitles are provided
by Universe, with only some recurrent minor spelling mistakes causing
One irritating and inexplicable aspect of the subs are the frequent
misplacement of full-stops, which often occur mid-sentence.
though short biographies for Takeshi
Kaneshiro and Kelly Chen are included
on the disc, alongside the theatrical trailer and trailers for 'Skyline
Cruisers', 'Marooned' and 'Summer Holiday'.
Visually and sonically, Ip Kam-Hung's
movie is quite impressive.
However, the film's greatest flaw is not one of style, but substance.
The character's rarely, if ever, captured the imagination or heart
of this viewer, making the experience a lonely one.
Because of this, I can only recommend it to massive fans of the
leads, as to many viewers this romantic comedy will seem closer
to a tragedy...