All’s Well, Ends Well 2009 Review: A Famous Hong Kong Lunar New Year Comedy Series

A man asks a womanizer to court his eldest sister in hopes of fulfilling a family marriage tradition.

It’s been 17 years since the first All’s Well End’s Well (Tinh Truong Quy Kien Sau 3) and 12 years since the last one in 1997. Both starred Stephen Chow at the height of his fame. In essence, it is no stranger to anyone who followed Hong Kong cinema to say that it is Chow who made the films better than it should be and probably contributed to the box office success as well. In 2009, producer Raymond Chow (also starring in all three movies), decided to rehash and regenerate that kind of former glory. The problem now is that it is without Stephen Chow and a less stellar cast. Sure, Sandra Ng is still there, but she hardly qualifies as superstar quality.

Luckily they managed to cast Louis Koo, aka Dark Chocolate and fellow comedian superstar Ronald Cheng. Adding to the mix is someone that has somehow caught my attention in newcomer mainland actress Miki Shen. So basically you replace Francis Ng with Louis Koo, Ronald Cheng with Stephen Chow and Maggie Cheung with Miki Shen. Sounds like a ripe off for me, but as far as Lunar Chinese New Year comedy (phim hai Hong Kong) are concerned. It really aren’t half bad. In fact, the film ends far better than the way it started off. With the first 30 minutes having the capability of making someone fall asleep. But luckily the next 45 minutes. The film somehow redeemed itself and ended up being a half decent piece of film-making.

The movie goes like this; Ronald Cheng is cursed and can’t marry until his older sister. Sandra Ng who looks like one of those middle aged lady with a hundred cats or dogs, tie the nods. So Cheng enlisted lady killer love doctor in the form of Louis Koo (Co Thien Lac) to woo his sister and then somehow make her feel the love again. Somehow, Koo runs into a cute-eyed mainland chick (played by Miki Shen) and Sandra meets a rich guy in Raymond Chow. Basically, the story does not need to make any sense. But the real problem is when some of the jokes are more annoying than funny. Then it just does not feel right.

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