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Love in a Puff (2010)

Chi Ming yi Chun Kiu (original title)
Since 2007, the Hong Kong health authorities have implemented an anti-smoking law that bans people from smoking in all indoor areas, including offices, restaurants, bars, and karaoke ... See full summary »

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Ho-Cheung Pang
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Cast

Credited cast:
Miriam Chin Wah Yeung ... Cherie
Shawn Yue ... Jimmy
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Singh Hartihan Bitto Singh Hartihan Bitto ... Bitto
Yat Ning Chan ... Isabel
Max Tat-Lun Cheung Max Tat-Lun Cheung ... Cherie's friend (as Tat-Lun Cheung)
Tat-Ming Cheung ... Joseph
Matt Chow ... Health Inspector
Queenie Chu ... Yan
Tien You Chui ... Cashier at 7 / 11
Charmaine Fong ... Patty
Vincent Kok ... Tak
Jo Kuk ... KK
June Lam ... Brenda
Wai-Hang Lau Wai-Hang Lau ... Taiwanese guy
Ying Kwan Lok ... Cop in car park
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Storyline

Since 2007, the Hong Kong health authorities have implemented an anti-smoking law that bans people from smoking in all indoor areas, including offices, restaurants, bars, and karaoke lounges. Office smokers now have to take their cigarette breaks on the streets outside, which has led to groups of smokers from the same building bonding together in cliques known as "hot pot packs." In an alley packed with loudmouth co-workers spreading the daily gossip, Jimmy, a mild-mannered advertising executive, meets cosmetics salesgirl Cherie. An awkward flirtation ensues amidst their afternoon nicotine rush. As their mutual infatuation intensifies, the couple moves farther and farther away from the rest of the "hot pot pack" into their own private alley, where they have conversations of unexpected emotional depth. As smoke gets in their eyes, one thing leads to another Written by Palm Springs Internation Film Festival

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Comedy | Drama | Romance

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Official Sites:

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Country:

Hong Kong

Language:

Cantonese

Release Date:

25 March 2010 (Hong Kong) See more »

Also Known As:

Love in a Puff See more »

Filming Locations:

Hong Kong, China

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Box Office

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$857,176
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Was awarded a Category III certificate (adult admission only, Hong Kong's equivalent of NC-17) due to the positive depiction of smoking in the film See more »

Connections

Followed by Love Off the Cuff (2017) See more »

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Bunch of Snacks, Batch of Tricks
28 March 2010 | by Avocado-PatrickSee all my reviews

First of all, it is very subjective as I am a smoker. Second, you may find a way out if you are a non-smoker or anti-smoking, you are not the target audience of this romantic comedy.

Since smoking is prohibited in all indoor area in Hong Kong, people used to smoke in the alley nearby the... workplace. In the smoking break, the cosmetic salesgirl, Cherie (Miriam Yeung) and Jimmy (Shawn Yue), they begin the relationships under this unique circumstance.

From time to time, they text each other, smoke tons of cigs and hang around together. Director (Pang Ho-Cheung) flawlessly captures the habit, manner and weird things nowadays. Meanwhile, the Mandarin dialogue is sarcastic in a very roundabout way. However it couldn't be fully translated as it relates local culture.

Text messaging, smoke and drinks, hang out, facebook or whatsoever. The movie reflects bundle of social behavior and interaction, it's truly a picture of the relationships between twenties / thirties. No matter how easy to communicates, they failed to express their own feeling, especially Jimmy, who does it by text messaging rather than facing each other. The natural mind-set is another enjoyable piece of the movie. Besides, the mockumentary-like video clips intersecting to the film is like a bunch of snacks or tricks. It's not bad at all, conversely, I would rather say this is essential and constructive to the plot.

As a final point, Pang sets it well but hardly to say it is structured firmly. Yet, this smoking break is interesting and enjoyable.


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