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The Personals (1998)

Zheng hun qi shi (original title)
An attractive and successful doctor places a personal ad in a newspaper to try to meet (and eventually marry) Mr. Right. A succession of blind dates ensues, featuring men who are lonely, desperate, dangerous and perverted.

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Credited cast:
Rene Liu ...
Dr. Du Jia-zhen
Wu Bai
Chao-jung Chen
Pao-Ming Ku
Shih-Chieh Chin ...
(as Shi-Jye Jin)
Eli Shih ...
(as Yi-nan Shih)
Chao-ming Wang
Wen-hsi Chen
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(as Niu Cheng-tse)
Hsueh-Liang Pu
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Ming-jie Cai
Ko-cheng Chang
Chen-ta Chou
Chia-lin Chu
Wen-cheng Hsu
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An attractive and successful doctor places a personal ad in a newspaper to try to meet (and eventually marry) Mr. Right. A succession of blind dates ensues, featuring men who are lonely, desperate, dangerous and perverted.

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interesting, but it could have been better
10 October 1999 | by (Antwerp, Belgium) – See all my reviews



When I saw the movie at the Ghent Film Festival, I didn't know what to expect. The only thing I knew was that it was going to be the story of a woman who wants to get married and hopes to find the ideal man through a personal ad. A lot of time is spent on her sitting in a bar and talking to the men who answered the ad. This way the film wants to give us an idea of what life is like in Taiwan. Though this promises to be either very interesting or very boring, the result is that you are watching a film which can somehow move you, but at the same time you regret that it isn't more than only slightly moving. As the story continues and we meet weirdo after weirdo (a lot of these men are fun to watch), we learn that she once had a lover who abandoned her to return to hi wife. There is a lot more to the story, but I wouldn't like to spoil the ending. She regularly phones her ex-lover to tell him how much she misses him and how none of the men can compare to him, but he is never home so she tells her story to his answering machine. This second story is more intriguing than the first and it's a pity that the story can't fully grip you. But still, the movie is interesting and well worth its 7/10.


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