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Director:
Writers:
Josh Goldsmith (story) &
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Release Date:
3 February 2011 (USA) See more »
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After an accident, a chauvinistic executive gains the ability to hear what women are really thinking. | Add synopsis »
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Cast

  (in credits order)

Andy Lau ... Sun Zigang

Li Gong ... Li Yilong

Li Yuan ... Yanni
Julien Chen ... Tip
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 Liu ... Man With Flower (as Chris Liu)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Cheong Cheung ... Male Office Staff
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
Katharine Kim .... executive producer
Andy Lau .... executive producer
Nga-Bok Lee .... supervising producer (as Albert Lee)
Jing 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
Hai Cheng 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
Yongan Cao .... electrician
Takuji Murata .... second unit director of photography
Cao Yong Qiang .... best boy (as Cao Yongqiang)
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
Wang Jia-Li .... continuity (as Wang Jiali)
Mingna Liu .... production accountant
Gene Shih .... main and end titles designer
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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7 out of 15 people found the following review useful.
A Nutshell Review: What Women Want, 12 February 2011
Author: DICK STEEL from Singapore

The release of films here is getting quite predictable in the first two months of the year, with releases primed for the Lunar New Year weekend with plots that are family friendly comedies, and everything else that's on the Golden Globes and Oscar list of nominees. In between there's the Valentine's Day programme with romantic comedies such as Just Go With It, No Strings Attached and also this remake of the Hollywood film starring Helen Hunt and Mel Gibson before he self-destructed his career. Before we proceed I thought you may want to know I've never watched the original, since I was never convinced Gibson could be a romantic lead, and as it turns out he's more action packed than lovey-dovey in his real life exploits too.

But back to this Pan-Chinese production, starring Singaporean Gong Li (I could say that, couldn't I?) and Malaysian PR Andy Lau as they take on the roles played by Hunt and Gibson respectively, where their characters Li Yi-Long and Sun Zi Gang are professional rivals in the advertising arena, who slowly find themselves drawn to each other romantically since they spend countless of hours in office in their dog eat dog profession. From their swanky office in Beijing to equally chic looking chill out watering holes - there's always the guzzling of wine in almost all their scenes together, talk about the affluence and a little bit of alcohol to withstand each other's nerves and charms - they find that they do actually click, but only because Zi Gang has a secret so powerful, I'm sure all men want to have that same ability, perhaps minus the need to be zapped by one point twenty one jigawatts.

Zi Gang is the atypical ladies man, a smooth talker who knows how to rub women the right way and into his bed. Being the high flying creative director in a female dominant office, he gets every attention every day and is thought to be primed for the executive role, only for his company to hire Yi-Long from a rival agency, because the market as it seems is seeing the rise in the power of the female dollar, and the company is of the opinion of having a female at the helm would boost their chances. Talk about being sexist here.

Things chug along and a freak accident while getting in touch with his feminine side (anima) gives Zi Gang the ability to listen in on the thoughts of all females, which while being thought of as a curse in the initial stages, becomes weaponized as a tool in the market place as he susses out opinions, ideas and especially strategies as cooked up by his rival Yi-Long. It's espionage at the highest and most subtle of levels, and the use of this power also extends to trying to improve ties with his rebellious teenage daughter, which is one of three subplots that unnecessarily bloats the plot and running time, the other two being the relationship between Zi Gang and his dad who irritates the bejesus out of everyone in the old folks home with his breakfast morning soprano singing, and a needless romance with a barista who's more eye candy than anything else.

The best part of the movie is of course the countless montage sequences set during Zi Gang's initial confusion as he navigates through countless of sexists (but are they accurate?) thoughts from the fairer sex, which provided for some light comedy contrasting against the very heavily rote romantic set pieces. But these moments are few and far between especially when the romantic angle starts to muscle its way in to the second half of the film, when the concept and premise start to wear thin. Some parts also don't make much sense, and a few stem from the business perspective, such as how nobody within the industry know how the hotshots or peer competitors look like, or how the financial difficulties of the firm you're joining is not well researched into and got blindsided, or even how the hiring and firing policies of the company don't make much HR sense either.

Andy Lau and Gong Li do share some chemistry as potential rivals and corporate competitors, though Lau looked visibly aged while I have to admit the latter looked more radiant in her role. There's nothing in the characters to challenge these two veteran performers, though you can take a sneak peek into their NG sequences when the end credits roll to give an idea which were some of the parts that they tripped up.

You can tell that writer-director Chen Daming relied heavily on the Hollywood sensibilities in crafting this film, right down to the predominant English songs in the soundtrack. But what got delivered was an average fare that didn't quite excite or ignited a sustainable interest in its overly long run time, and coupled with some really slipshod CG which will unfortunately distract (check out that "fish in the tank" when Zi Gang stands out in the pouring rain).

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