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Paris Holiday (2015)

Ba li jia qi (original title)
Set in the romantic city of Paris, the film tells the story of a mismatched pair of roommates (Louis Koo and Amber Kuo), who end up falling hopelessly in love with each other.

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James Yuen

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Yiu Fai Lo, Mei-Suet Wong (as Michelle Wong) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Credited cast:
Alex Fong ... Michael Lau
Aline Hamou Aline Hamou ... Marylin (as Aline Capella)
Jing Hu ... Amy
Louis Koo ... Lin Junjie
Amber Kuo ... Ding Xiaomin
Candy Liu Candy Liu ... Candy Zhao
Janice Man ... Nicole
Géraldine Naliato
Jeremy Xu Zheng Xi ... Xu Hui (as Jones Xu)
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Kit (by Louis Koo) leaves Hong Kong to Paris with a broken heart to start a new page of life and the wine business. Through real estate agent, Lau Chung (by Alex Fong), he finds a shared apartment with a weird tenant, Man (by Kuo Tsai Chieh), a desperate artist undergoing a love failure. Man has a deep hatred of men after a devastating break up, in order to get along with Man under the same roof, Kit pretends to be a gay guy. At the beginning, Man's incredibly insane behavior gets on Kit's nerve, but after knowing Man's heartbreaking past by chance, Kit decides to stay and teaches Man how to get out of love failure, this is exactly what he has encountered in his past. Kit also helps Man regain inspiration for drawing, Man gradually regains pace of life, the two become closer and closer and develop an intimate relationship. One day, Man bumps into her ex-fiancé Fai (by Jeremy Jones Tsui), she is shocked but surprisingly she has no longer felt any pain, she has really overcome the past ...

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Comedy | Romance

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Country:

China | Hong Kong

Language:

Mandarin | Cantonese | English | French

Release Date:

23 July 2015 (Hong Kong) See more »

Also Known As:

Ba Lai ga kei See more »

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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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A standard Hong Kong romantic comedy...
28 April 2017 | by paul_haakonsenSee all my reviews

I do enjoy Asian cinema quite a lot, and I especially enjoy the Hong Kong cinema in particular. But I hadn't heard about "Paris Holiday" prior to stumbling upon it by sheer random luck. But as it is a Hong Kong movie I just had to watch it, of course.

And the fact that Louis Koo and Alex Fong were starring in the movie didn't exactly discourage me from sitting down to watch it neither.

While "Paris Holiday" has a good enough storyline, then it just never manage to raise itself above mediocrity. Why? Well, because of the characters in the movie. The character were just too rigid and stereotypical, and their actions and choices just seemed to be too far out there at times, which didn't really add much of realism to the movie.

Now, I am not familiar with Amber Kuo from other movies, at least not that I can remember. But she really did a great job in "Paris Holiday", and she was perhaps the one who carried the most of the movie with her performance.

"Paris Holiday" is a standard run-of-the-mill romantic comedy, and it might as well have been set in Hong Kong instead of Paris and the outcome would have been exactly the same.

There are far better romantic comedies on the Hong Kong market, and "Paris Holiday" just failed to stand out among those. As such, it was a mediocre movie experience. Sure, it is worth giving a watch, but it is hardly a movie that you will return to a second time around.


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