4.8/10
176
1 user 3 critic

He yue qing ren (2007)

Reviews

Photos

Learn more

More Like This 

Shou ji (2003)
Drama | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

Follows the story of a television host who's hidden so much personal and secret information on his phone, that when it gets out, catastrophe strikes.

Director: Xiaogang Feng
Stars: You Ge, Fan Xu, Guoli Zhang
Dou foh sin (2007)
Action | Crime | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

A hot-headed inspector takes on a small but powerful Vietnamese-Chinese gang, after a series of crimes and murder attempts committed and putting an undercover cop and his girlfriend in great danger.

Director: Wilson Yip
Stars: Donnie Yen, Louis Koo, Ray Lui
Crime | Drama | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.5/10 X  

When Song Qi stumbles upon her boyfriend's affair with her best friend, her life quickly starts falling apart and she is subsequently drawn into a quicksand of revenge and murder. Though ... See full summary »

Director: Yu Li
Stars: Bingbing Fan, Shaofeng Feng, Siyan Huo
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

A look at modern-day life in China's capital centered on a ménage-a-quatre involving a young woman, her boss, her husband and her boss's wife.

Director: Yu Li
Stars: Bingbing Fan, Dawei Tong, Tony Ka Fai Leung
Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.4/10 X  

In the twilight of the Ming Dynasty, the Imperial court is plagued by corruption as tyrants rule over the land. With the Manchurians preying on a weakened empire, war is imminent. To save ... See full summary »

Director: Chi Leung 'Jacob' Cheung
Stars: Bingbing Fan, Xiaoming Huang, Wenzhuo Zhao
Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.4/10 X  

After her birthday party, ad executive Michelle finds herself caught between cheerful Tony, dreamy Bill, youthful Jeb, and rich Tiger. Overwhelmed with stress, another complication quietly forms in her life.

Director: Eva Jin
Stars: Bingbing Fan, Aarif Rahman, Daniel Henney
Guan yin shan (2010)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

When they are evicted from their apartment in a provincial city in Northern China, a young bar singer and her two male friends rent rooms from a retired opera singer in Peking. The ... See full summary »

Director: Yu Li
Stars: Sylvia Chang, Bingbing Fan, Bo-lin Chen
Action | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

A simple Chinese immigrant wages a perilous war against one of the most powerful criminal organizations on the planet.

Director: Tung-Shing Yee
Stars: Jackie Chan, Naoto Takenaka, Daniel Wu
Action | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.7/10 X  

Based on the 16th-century Chinese novel Feng Shen Yan Yi (The Investiture of the Gods), the story tells of how King Zhou of Shang becomes a tyrant due to the wiles of Daji, a vixen spirit who is disguised as one of his concubines.

Director: Koan Hui
Stars: Jet Li, Bingbing Fan, Zhang Wen
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

After being swindled by her ex-husband, a woman takes on the Chinese legal system.

Director: Xiaogang Feng
Stars: Chengpeng Dong, Bingbing Fan, Wei Fan
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

During the Soong Dynasty, a beautiful woman named Moth Liu is searching for a husband, but is unable to find one until she hears the avant-garde poetry of Seasonal Chan.

Director: Joe Ma
Stars: Cecilia Cheung, Louis Koo, Emotion Cheung
Da Tang Fu Rong Yuan (TV Series 2007)
Drama | History | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  
Stars: Winston Chao, Bingbing Fan, Ning Ji
Edit

Cast

Credited cast:
Richie Jen ... Fat (as Richie Ren)
Bingbing Fan ... Joe
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Alfred Cheung ... Principal
Ian Powers Ian Powers ... Alex
Kate Tsui ... Rachel
Wah Yuen ... Master Fok
Edit

Storyline

Add Full Plot | Add Synopsis

Genres:

Comedy | Romance

Certificate:

See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

Hong Kong | China

Language:

Mandarin | Cantonese

Release Date:

16 August 2007 (China) See more »

Also Known As:

Contract Lover See more »

Filming Locations:

Guangzhou, Guangdong, China See more »

Company Credits

Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See full technical specs »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
A Nutshell Review: Contract Lover
26 August 2007 | by DICK STEELSee all my reviews

Kate stars opposite Richie Ren (or Jen, depending on what rocks your boat), as couple Rachel and Fat. They're the atypical modern day couple living it up in Beijing, though the latter is suspect of the former's promiscuity. He loathes the time when he has to bring his girlfriend back to the village to meet his parents, and to get the stamp of approval from his father (played by Yuen Wah). So they device a plan, and that is to look for a substitute girlfriend (hence the title Contract Lover), whose mission is to be as disgusting as possible, so that Dad will tell Fat to find anyone else better than the current beau, and hence, for Fat to introduce Rachel.

Cue Fan Bingbing's Joe (don't ask), a poor Chinese teacher who desperately needs the money to send home to her mom. To pull off being the most horrendous girlfriend ever, she has to go through a complete makeover, and be someone she's totally not, which is basically to act like a slutty bimbo (the credits actually showed her having an image consultant on set, though I suspect the role is to ensure her character doesn't tarnish Fan's good image). Then it's off to the village to try and be a put off to Fat's family.

The plot seems familiar, one of those fluffy romantic comedies where a mismatched couple soon find themselves falling for one another, while at the same time things happen to go against their plan, and for Fat not knowing who actually proves to be more compatible for him. Needless to say, Kate's role here is actually quite limited, given that she only appears in the beginning and at the end. The movie's in Mandarin too, and everyone has to speak it sans dubbers, which means the Hong Kongers must have had quite a difficult time - Kate does struggle with it, and can't seem to shake off her Cantonese accent convincingly.

The narrative runs quite choppily, and scenes seem quite disparate. Besides trying to be sexy at times (more for laughs actually), it cannot shake off the common generalization of villagers, that they just have to be skilled in martial arts. Yuen Wah's Dad is the distant descendant of Huo Yuanjia (remember Fearless?) and spouts (hokey) philosophy quite freely. Having set up the Jing Wu school, and the rivals being distant descendants of Wong Fei Hung, you can be sure that whatever jokes you can think of regarding their ancestry, be brought out for laughs. Those familiar with Hong Kong comedies, might see glimpses of them here, though with a lesser degree of success in delivery.

But there are genuine moments of laughter, though they are extremely few and far between. One involves pole dancing and kungfu training that just has to be seen to be believed, even though you see that moment coming a mile away. Or that 3-way romantic tangle involving a demure village girl, a hunky martial arts practitioner, and a gay Caucasian. There are just too many minute sub-plots that seem to suffocate and artificially inflate the runtime of the movie, adding little depth and contributing to many frivolous moments. Funny moments too run into the depths of blouses, though some might find them a tad too distasteful, and not revealing too much anyway.

However that's what you should expect in the first place when watching a movie like this. It has a basic premise tweaked from a tried and tested formula, and highly predictable to boot. It might serve as a decent romantic comedy for dates, but that's about it, unless of course you're a fan of either of the leads, or you've also had a tacit affirmation set up .


4 of 4 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See one user review »

Contribute to This Page

IMDb Freedive: Watch Movies and TV Series for Free

Watch Hollywood hits and TV favorites for free with IMDb Freedive. Start streaming on IMDb and Fire TV devices today!

Start watching

Stream Action and Adventure Titles With Prime Video

Explore popular action and adventure titles available to stream with Prime Video.

Start your free trial



Recently Viewed