If you refuse to pay your Hong Kong taxes because of Give Love, no jury would convict you. Bankrolled in part by the government's Film Development Fund, Give Love is a Hong Kong/China co-production that makes one long for the quality Hong Kong Cinema represented by La Lingerie or Kung Fu Dunk. Yes, even some of 2008's worst movies are a step up from Give Love. Co-directors Joe Ma and Leefire (or "Fire Fire" if we do a literal translation of his name) don't just drop the ball - they fumble it out of bounds while simultaneously undercutting their star player and tearing his anterior cruciate ligament. Now he's out with a career-threatening injury and they've lost not just the possession, but the entire season. And yes, this metaphor has been egregiously extended - but there's a reason. That reason: it prevents me from talking about the actual film.
Gigi Leung stars as Leslie Chan, a marketing manager who has your usual movie romantic problems. In the opening scene, she meets airline employee Yutong (Wilson Chen), who is immediately smitten, but he's so bookish and shy that he can only privately vow to woo her if he ever sees into her again. His chance arrives one year later when she fortuitously comes to stay with him in his Hong Kong apartment. The problem: she's newly-married to his brother Hilton (Mainland star Shao Bing), meaning she's technically unavailable. However, a cutaway to China shows Hilton getting it on with his over-emotional secretary, meaning that Yutong should now have a chance with his houseguest, who's becoming a distraction already because she likes to wander around the apartment in short shorts and high heels. She also acts in a girlish sitcom manner that would charm any fan of Meg Ryan movies. How can Yutong resist?
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