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Isabella (2006)
"Yi sa bui lai" (original title)

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A Macao police officer's bachelor life is interrupted by the daughter he never knew he fathered.

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Chen-Shing Ma
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Bik-Yan Cheung
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Woman at herbal tea shop
Kwok Cheung Tsang ...
Fai
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Chen Shing's boss
Sui-man Chim ...
Landlord
Louise Hodgson ...
Young Main Character
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Steven Cheung ...
Chen-Shing - adolescent (as Chi-Hang Cheung)
J.J. Jia ...
Hua - Bik-Yan's mother (as Xiao-chen Jia)
Meme Tian ...
Kate
Chi-Man Wan ...
Suspect
Ming Wan Yeung ...
Bik-Yan's father
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Man at bar
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On the eve of Macau's handover to China, police officer Shing is having the worst time of his life. Suspended for suspected corruption, he tries to find solace with an elfin creature by the name of Yan, whom he just picks up. As he tries to smooth-talk her to bed, she suddenly snaps back with the biggest turn-off imaginable: that she is the daughter he never knew existed!While Shing desperately tries to hold himself together, his bachelor life inevitably falls apart as Yan insists on living under his roof. Together the two of them start roaming through exotic Macau, tracking down Yan's missing puppy and striving to acquaint with each other. No sooner has Shing grown into his new role as a father than he finds his hands full: when Yan is not fighting with his girlfriend Kate, she is being bothered by her dorky classmate Fai. Written by Anon

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$125,688 (Hong Kong) (7 April 2006)

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$234,439 (Hong Kong) (14 April 2006)
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In all three scenes that Anthony Wong Chau-Sang appears in, he is eating something. The first scene has him eating a hotpot, the second scene that he appears in, he is eating noodles and in the last scene he is eating a bun. See more »

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Chen-Shing Ma: Do you know, you can't live in Macau without a Rolex?
Chen-Shing Ma: People don't just look down on you, they don't even see you.
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i liked it
19 May 2013 | by See all my reviews

About two weeks have passed since I watched this movie, so I don't remember every detail of it perfectly anymore. But what I do remember is that I did enjoy watching it.

Luckily, I didn't read the plot synopsis on IMDb before watching it, because it sure looks boring and overcooked: Careless bachelor is tracked down by the daughter he never knew he had; they slowly start bonding while facing all kinds of obstacles... yaaaawn!

But quite on the contrary, this movie struck me as a fresh and playful drama with lots of funny moments (that for the most part didn't derive from the "oh-so-funny" plot-element of father and daughter trying to work it out despite not knowing anything about each other, which in turn results in awkward situations etc.). The cast was very good. I especially liked the stoic male main character and one of the supporting characters who was eating stuff in every scene he was in. There are also quite a few little plot twists that are believable and serve the story line well.

Overall, it's a very likable movie with the message that it's never too late to change your path in life, even though it may seem painful. Interestingly enough, that message is not only delivered through the father-daughter-main-plot, but also through sub-plots. And it's delivered in a non-hysterical, non-preachy way, which is a big plus in my book!

Isabella is definitely not a masterpiece, but it's the kind of movie I would like to see more; especially in times when the money that is being spent on any given super-hero movie would be enough to make literally a hundred movies that are relevant to people's lives, actually make a point and give just a little food for thought (not demonizing blockbusters here; just saying the balance is off).


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