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An uneven, pointless, yet fun movie about female sex life After a
couple of underwhelming years about the issue of sex in the HK
industry, 2007 seems to turn around this topic of interest. With movies
like Whispers and Moans talking about life in the sex trade, Single
Blog talks about the modern age female sex life. While the topic alone
will fascinate the sight of a certain gender, Single Blog is rather
blend and like Whispers and Moans, it fails to show any real skin and
body parts that really matters. Not being a pervert or anything, but
when the movie is so uneven and pointless, one might hope that you can
at least get something out of it. Still, Single Blog is apparently
based on a number of real life stories which adds to some degree of
certain realism and random fun, but in the end the flick is far too
uneven for one to emote and far too distance to relate.
The movie goes like this: Rain Li (House of Mahjong) stars as Kitty, a
reserved young woman who discovers her boyfriend (Derek Tsang) cheating
on her. Given the opportunity to reinvent herself, she throws herself
into the singles scene with surprising sexual abandon, and learns
through experience how to please men - not to mention, how to please
herself at the same time! Meanwhile, adventurous roommate Vivian (Jo
Koo) finds her wild ways tamed by a straight-laced dope (Chan Fai Hung)
who cares for her in ways her usual one-night-stands won't. Finally,
adorable Mei (Monie Tung) is dumped by her boyfriend, and rebounds into
the arms of her sexy female boss (Anya) While one may say that Rain Li
performed a somewhat daring role, by being quite touchy and intimate
with the ever improving Andrew Lin. Her performance is still rather
tame within the genre standards, but still it is by far her most
difficult role since 2001's Stolen Love. The unfortunate part of this
film is that it really runs like a "blog" which in turns leads to some
rather uneven bits and pieces. One moment there will be an incredibly
well filmed sequence with Rain Li seducing Andrew Lin and the processes
that comes with it, but the next moment, we see Rain Li bedding with
one guy after another. It is true that some moments are believable and
perhaps even true, but the art of unevenness never makes a coherent
film as a whole.
Others that are worthy of mention is the much missed return of the
ultra sexy Anya who performs her role with a measure of tightness and
tomboyish style that eludes her from her former sexiness. On the other
hand, relatively newcomer Monie Tung is fast becoming Neo's new flame
as her cuteness combines well with her natural innocence that made her
so damn attractive. Not to mention her kiss scene under the table with
Anya is undoubtedly one of the few shining lights upon such a tame
flick. With Whispers and Moans and now this under her belt, Tung is
certain up for bigger things ahead.
Moving on to Jo Koo, an actress of significant ability, performs the
best of the three leading lights. Her ability to induce the audience
into her role makes her the most relating of the three "bloggers". It
is almost certainty that Jo Koo is easily one of the most underrated
actresses in HK cinema. Despite being in the industry for almost a
decade, Jo Koo is never really recognised and with a glimpse of her
past roles like Born Wild and Public Toilet, it certainly rings true.
Let's just hope that she won't become a forgotten talent in years to
come. Adding to the mix is Derek Tsang who grows out of his father's
shadow with each film and Raymond Wong once again showing that he is by
far better at supporting than leading.
All in all, director Lee Po Cheung has created a fun, yet extremely
uneven movie that never seems to end up working. While there are
shinning moments in between here and there, Single Blog never actually
works like a film and in the end the audience is unable to relate,
despite the fact that the movie is based on real life events. It is a
shame that Single Blog isn't daring enough in many departments, but
lucky the film never goes to the point of boredom and in fact some fun
can even be had. Perhaps Single Blog is better to be viewed like a blog
and the process might be a different story
I rate it 6.25/10.
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