| Dry Wood Fierce Fire (2002)
Director: Wilson Yip
Koo, Miriam Yeung Chin-Wah
Set in the fast-paced magazine publishing world,
this romantic comedy finds co-workers and "just friends" Louis Koo and
Miriam Yeung falling for each other.
Pop singer Miriam Yeung came into her own as a
leading lady with the modest box office success of last year's Dummy
Mommy Without a Baby. She followed that up with Love Undercover, another
popular romantic comedy.
Dry Wood Fierce Fire trods a well-worn path. Two
magazines are merged into one, forcing the formerly all-female and
all-male staffs of the respective magazines to work together. Miriam
Yeung plays Alice, a woman with some off-beat character traits. She
finds herself attracted to Ryan (Louis Koo); sadly for Alice, Ryan is
more interested in their new boss (Flora Chan). So as to spend time with
Ryan, Alice tries to teach him how to be more attractive to women, while
Ryan tries to help her soften up a bit. You can probably figure out what
happens with this kind of love triangle established.
Yet the journey to the predictable ending is
pleasurable. While perhaps not the funniest comedy around (you may smile
more than break out laughing), it does offer some engaging performances
in a variety of relaxed settings, with the added bonus of cameo turns by
several well-known Hong Kong players.
Directed by Wilson Yip, whose impressive resume
includes Bio Zombie, Bullets Over Summer, Juliet in Love, and 2002.
List Price: US $21.95
Cantonese / Mandarin
English / Chinese
(Can be played on any DVD player in the
- "Adult Material;
Parental Guidance Recommended" (roughly equal to an
MPPA rating of "R") Films rated Category IIB
contain large amounts of violence and/or nudity and
sexual situations in addition to possible explicit
language and adult situations.