Needing You (2000)

September 3, 2003 • Film, Reviews

Directors: Johnnie To Kei-Fung, Wai Ka-Fai
Producers: Johnnie To Kei-Fung, Wai Ka-Fai
Script: Wai Ka-Fai, Yau Nai-Hoi

Andy Lau Tak-Wah (Andy Cheung), Sammi Cheng Sau Man (Kinki Kwok), Fiona Leung Ngai-Ling (Fiona Yu), Raymond Wong Ho-Yin (Roger Young), Hui Siu-Hung (Ronald), Gabriel Harrison (Dan), Gwok Siu Wan, Lam Suet (Martin)

Cantonese: Goo Laam Gwa Lui
Mandarin: Gu1 Nan2 Gua3 Nu3
Country: Hong Kong
Genre: Romantic Comedy
Rating: II A (Hong Kong)
Theatrical Run: 06/23/2000

Language: Cantonese
Running Time: 95 min

needingyou3Scatty Kinki is having men problems: her boyfriend Dan is a professional liar and her new boss Andy is so stubborn he won’t give her a moment’s peace on her first day. But she soon proves her stripes in the company and awakens Andy’s tender side while on a business trip together in Shenzhen. But then Fiona, Andy’s old flame, enters the scene and she can see that there’s a spark between Andy and Kinki that she has to extinguish. Just when Andy realizes that he needs Kinki in his life, he finds some unexpectedly tough competition in Roger Young, a young and handsome internet billionaire…

—Ryan Law, Hong Kong Movie Database



“NEEDING YOU is merely well-crafted Hong Kong entertainment spun so deftly that it takes off and soars out of its own local orbit. Sammi Cheng continues to show serious ability as a comedienne. Her sense of anarchy — her intense but flakey air of total distraction — was hilarious. Yet her scenes seemed to belong to a sustained character, rather than merely a patchwork of set pieces. Andy Lau is light, easy, a pleasure to watch…Commercial filmmaking near its best.”

–Shelly Kracier, Hong Kong Movie Database

needingyou2“Boyish superstar Andy Lau and pop singer Sammi Cheng make wonderful screen chemistry in “Needing You‚” a mismatched romantic comedy that shows producer-director Johnnie To and his Milkyway team leaving behind the offbeat crimers with which they made their name internationally in recent years… Historically, this genre rarely travels far from East Asia, though oriental-friendly fests should give it a spin on entertainment value alone. Released in June, it has easily become Hong Kong’s top-grossing Chinese movie of the year so far, with a stunning HK$35 million ($4.5 million) take that also beat out all non-local fare except, narrowly, “M:I2″ ($4.6 million).”

–Derek Elley, Variety

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