Patrick Tam plays James, a director of TV commercials who becomes infatuated with Julia, a mysterious woman he happens to notice walking across the street one day (and since Julia is played by Shu Qi, who can blame him?). She is actually a high-tech industrial spy, and plans to quit the service after completing one more mission, with the help of her new partner Candy (Tien Hsin). When the women realize that they have been set up, James tries to help them and the initially hostile Julia begins warming up to him.
The hero's name, the trailer, even the DVD cover seem to suggest that this film is a James Bond spoof. It is not (James never becomes an agent, amateur or professional). It is a combination of comedy (it did make me laugh at a couple of points, usually when James' two horny buddies were involved), spy movie (Mission: Impossible - style), action and romance. It manages to keep a generally good balance between all those different ingredients. But let's be honest, the main reason this works is the cast: Shu Qi has a role that plays on her glamour, and she looks incredible in several shots. But Tien Hsin is arguably even better (and arguably even more beautiful; inarguably bustier), delivering a pitch-perfect performance as a seemingly airheaded woman who turns out to be quite the competent and serious agent when the need arises. Although some may disagree, I found her character EXTREMELY likable. It's an enjoyable film, and do sit through the closing credits: they will leave you with a smile on your face. (**1/2)
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