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What Women Want -- After an accident, a chauvinistic executive gains the ability to hear what women are really thinking.


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  (in credits order)

Andy Lau ... Sun Zigang

Li Gong ... Li Yilong

Li Yuan ... Yanni
Julian Chen ... Tip (as Julien Chen)
Chengru Li ... CEO Dong
Jing Hu ... Zhao Hong
Anya ... Mrs. Dong

Russell Wong ... Peter

Kelly Hu ... Girl in Lotto Commercial
Deshun Wang ... Sun Meisheng
Chang Shen ... Masseuse
Jie Yang ... Photographer
Tami Zhao ... Model
Luxi Yang ... Model
Di Chang ... Male Model
Ic Girls ... Girl Band
Jiajia Chen ... Girl at Bar
Ying Zhang ... Auntie Liu
Amy ... Girl Waiting at the Office
Juan Du ... Sun Fang (Hippo)
Mengyang Wen ... Li Kege (Coco)
Baobao Sun ... Twin
Jiaojiao Sun ... Twin
Jia Tao ... Duoduo
Daming Chen ... Young Sun Meisheng
Ni Jiao ... Zigang's Mother
Yue Yu ... Young Sun Zigang
Shuangshuang Pan ... Tammi

Fangyuan Chang ... Liu Yang
Nu Du ... Christmas Tree
Telly Liu ... Fang Li

Zhu Zhu ... Xiao Wu
Andrew Edelson ... Groom
Yue Zhang ... Doudou's Classmate
Niu Niu ... Doudou's Classmate

Osric Chau ... Chen Erdong
Dede Nickerson ... Client
Haizhen Wang ... Nurse
Jing Chris Liu ... Man With Flower (as Chris Liu)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Cheong Cheung ... Male Office Staff
Xingwen Jing ... Li Jing
Bihe Liu ... Flight Attendant
Mian Wang ... Flight Attendant

Directed by
Daming Chen 
Writing credits
Josh Goldsmith (story) &
Cathy Yuspa (story) and
Diane Drake (story)

Josh Goldsmith (screenplay) &
Cathy Yuspa (screenplay)

Daming Chen (adaptation)

Eva Cao  adaptation

Produced by
Jeffrey Chan .... executive producer
Jeffrey Chan .... producer
Daming Chen .... producer
Sanping Han .... executive producer
Xiaoli Han .... supervising producer
Alex Jia .... associate producer (as Alex Z. Jia)
Katharine Kim .... executive producer
Andy Lau .... executive producer
Albert Lee .... supervising producer
Jing Chris Liu .... producer (as Chris Liu)
Jun Liu .... co-producer
Telly Liu .... associate producer
Dede Nickerson .... producer
Dong-ming Shi .... supervising line producer (as Shi Dongming)
Mike Hyun-dong Suh .... supervising producer
Christophe Tseng .... co-producer
Albert Yeung .... executive producer
Dong Yu .... executive producer
Dong Yu .... principal producer
Hao Zhang .... supervising producer
Zhenyan Zhang .... line producer
Haicheng Zhao .... administrative producer (as Zhao Haicheng)
Jiang Zhong .... supervising line producer
Original Music by
Christopher O'Young (original score by)
Cinematography by
Max Da-Yung Wang (director of photography) (as Max Wang)
Film Editing by
Nelson Quan 
Production Design by
Zhuoyi Li 
Art Direction by
Diyou Luo 
Costume Design by
Yikai Li 
Makeup Department
Yu Lai Cheng .... makeup artist: Andy Lau (as Jeng Yue-Lai)
Wei Gu .... hair stylist
Jianming Mu .... hair stylist: Li Gong
Alex So .... makeup artist: Li Gong
Junjian Zheng .... makeup artist
Production Management
Jiawen Bai .... post-production manager
Jiawen Bai .... production executive
Tianhui Ge .... unit production manager
Dai Kate .... production supervisor
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Ming Goong .... second assistant director
Kim Wah Lou .... first assistant director
Zhang Yang .... second assistant director
Art Department
Fuli Cao .... property master
Sound Department
Wei An .... sound director
Wei He .... sound editor
Shuo Li .... production sound mixer
Jianqin Shen .... mixer
Visual Effects by
Osric Chau .... visual effects supervisor assistant
Xiaowei Guan .... compositor
Yue Jia .... compositor
Gene Shih .... visual effects supervisor
Wes Takahashi .... on-set visual effects supervisor
Stanley Tsang .... visual effects supervisor assistant
Camera and Electrical Department
Yong Qiang Cao .... best boy (as Cao Yongqiang)
Yongan Cao .... electrician
Takuji Murata .... second unit director of photography
Bing Rui Sun .... electrician (as Sun Bingrui)
Lihong Wang .... chief lighting technician
Xiaofeng Zhang .... grip
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Weihong Hang .... costumer
Xiaoguang Liu .... costumer
Stephanie Wong .... image designer: Andy Lau
Bruce Yu .... image designer: Andy Lau
Yunzhuo Zhou .... wardrobe department head
Editorial Department
Peter Ahn .... digital intermediate project manager
Clarence Deng .... assistant editor
Yong-gi Lee .... digital intermediate supervisor (as Yonggi Lee)
Ethan Park .... colorist
Elizabeth Rao .... assistant editor
Edward Chiyun Yi .... digital intermediate producer
Music Department
Beijing Philharmonic Orchestra .... score performer
Wes Chew .... score producer
Drew Hanratty .... composer assistant (as Andrew Hanratty)
Christopher O'Young .... conductor
Pierre Pradat .... piano
Flynn Wheeler .... additional music by
Other crew
Phoebe Chow .... dubbing director: cantonese version
Mingna Liu .... production accountant
Gene Shih .... main and end titles designer
Jia-Li Wang .... continuity (as Wang Jiali)
Hong Yan .... assistant production accountant
Dapeng Zhou .... co-production coordinator

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Also Known As:
"Wo zhi nv ren xin" - China (original title)
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China:116 min | USA:116 min
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In Germany, the film was marketed as a sequel to What Women Want (2000) rather than a remake.See more »
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Remake of What Women Want (2000)See more »
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Disappointing along most dimensions, 31 July 2014
Author: Maynard Handley from Pasadena, CA, USA

I (a falang American) watched this out of curiosity, to see what a Chinese version of this sort of movie is like. Obviously one can't generalize from one movie, but all I can say it that, for the sake of Chinese audiences, I hope that most of their Rom Com directors are more skilled than Daming Chen.

Regarding the movie itself, I'll repeat the comments of most other reviewers. Gong Li is as gorgeous as ever, but that's all she is --- a pretty face that exists to move the plot along. Andy Lau's character, on the other hand, is not neutral but vile. And he doesn't get better as the movie progresses --- he's the same dick at the end that he was at the beginning. It's not just that there's no chemistry between the two, it's that you don't want chemistry between them. Also don't expect any laughs along the way --- this fits the Rom Com mold, but has none of the comedy that could be wrung from the situation.

The budget (as suggested by the stars, the decent lighting and costumes, the sets/locations) suggest a high-end movie, but the actual content --- everything from the clumsy and didactic story to the lack of humor or subtlety --- suggests the sort of sad movies you see on an indie TV channel late at night starring Hollywood hopefuls you've never heard of, in some direct to DVD garbage.

What is interesting is the image of China it presents. The buildings shown are all incredibly new and, while I expect the intention was to present some sort of air of glamor, to me it felt extremely nouveau riche. The buildings struck me as not so much Manhattan as Brasilia --- designed based on theory rather than on human needs, and likely to be showing cracks and flaws in just a few years. There's one scene where we see our heroine in a car driving down a highway which struck me as the one scene where Chinese reality enters --- the highway is lousy and narrow, with few cars on it --- something like what the Pasadena Freeway may have looked like when it opened in 1940, and nothing at all like the general highways of Los Angeles today.

The second image of China it presents is of a country that has not yet undergone the "psychologicalization" of America. The characters seem unable to relate to each other or discuss their inner lives in a way that Americans (helped by TV and movies) had already achieved by the early 70s or so. The clumsiness of the dialog doesn't help, sure, but it seems that there's more than that, that the screenwriter honestly doesn't know (or at least doesn't expect the audience to know) how to be introspective, how to have a theory of mind, how to interpret other people. They go through the motions (we get the occasional sermon on "being honest") but there's no follow-through, no appreciation of the relevant issues. You get the feeling that if you told the Andy Lau character to be vulnerable, to honestly communicate, he'd have no idea what that even meant; or that if you told Gong Li's character that she allows herself to be a doormat, she'd not understand the point you were making.

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