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If You Are the One
非诚勿扰
Directed by Feng Xiaogang
Written by Feng Xiaogang
Starring Ge You
Shu Qi
Cinematography Lü Yue
Distributed by Huayi Brothers
Media Asia Distribution
Release date(s) December 18, 2008
Country China
Language Mandarin

If You Are the One (simplified Chinese: 非诚勿扰pinyin: Fēichéng Wùrǎo) is a 2008 Chinese romantic comedy film directed by Feng Xiaogang and starring Ge You and Shu Qi. The film so far has been very successful at the Chinese box office, and as of January 7, 2009, it had earned over ¥310 million (US$45 million) at the Chinese box office.[1]

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Plot

Qin Fen (Ge) is a jobless middle-aged man who returns to China after many unsuccessful years as an oversea student. However, he becomes an instant multimillionaire after selling his "innovative invention" to a high-profile (but foolish) angel investor (Fan). With his new fortune, Qin decides to put an end to his bachelor life and advertises open invitations to potential partners online, citing only "if you are the one", which means "don't disturb if not sincere". Subsequently, he encountered various keen candidates from a homosexual man, a cemetery saleswoman, a pathological amnesiac, an ethnic minority pecking hen, an erotophobic widow, a naive single mother to a stock-holding maniac. Eventually he crosses path with a love-sick stewardess Liang Xiaoxiao (Shu). While helping Liang get over her agonizing love affair with a married man (Fong), Qin finally finds his true love.

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China location: Beijing, Hangzhou
Japan location: Hokkaido

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If You Are the One
非诚勿扰
Directed by Feng Xiaogang
Written by Feng Xiaogang
Starring Ge You
Shu Qi
Cinematography Lü Yue
Distributed by Huayi Brothers
Media Asia Distribution
Release date(s) December 18, 2008
Country China
Language Mandarin
Gross revenue $53.7 million

If You Are the One (simplified Chinese: ; pinyin: Fēichéng Wùrǎo; literally "not sincere, don't bother") is a 2008 Chinese romantic comedy film directed by Feng Xiaogang and starring Ge You and Shu Qi. The film has been very successful at the Chinese box office, and has became one of Feng's top grossing films to date, and has earned over ¥364 million (US$53.7 million) at the box office.[1]

Contents

Cast

Plot

Qin Fen (Ge) is a man in his late 40s who returns to China after many years overseas. He becomes a multimillionaire after selling an "innovative invention" to a high-profile (but foolish) angel investor (Fan). With his new fortune, Qin decides to put an end to his bachelor life and advertises open invitations to potential partners online, citing only "if you are the one", which actually means "don't disturb if not sincere".

Subsequently, he encounters various candidates from a homosexual former friend, a cemetery saleswoman, a pathological amnesiac, an ethnic minority pecking hen, an erotophobic widow, an expecting single mother to a stock-holding trader. Eventually, he crosses path with air stewardess Liang Xiaoxiao (Shu). While helping Liang get over her agonizing love affair with a married man (Fong), Qin strikes up an unexpected friendship with Liang, which eventually blossoms into love during a trip to Hokkaido.

Production

If You Are the One was filmed in locations throughout Beijing and Hangzhou in China, and Hokkaido in Japan.

Critical Reception

The film was a box office hit in the mainland and received largely positive reviews.

Variety states: "After taking a left turn into big-budgeters The Banquet and Assembly, Feng Xiaogang returns to the kind of film that made his name -- ironic observational comedies," and described the film as a "beautifully observed relationship movie is overly discursive in its second half but always watchable, thanks to terrific chemistry between Feng regular Ge You and Taiwanese actress Shu Qi."[2]

The Hollywood Reporter states: "Feng Xiaogang makes an assured return to his trademark genre, the romantic comedy. If You Are the One, a diverting urban lark about an unlikely couple coming together through blind dates, sports an affable cast and untaxing plot, harking back to the airy playfulness of his 1998 hit Be There or Be Square."[1]

Perry Lam of Muse Magazine praised 'the unreserved energy Feng devotes to delivering us the predictable, coupled with the unembarrassed pleasure we take in enjoying the obvious. You can still make a movie with a formula, it would appear, so long as you bring the formula to vivid life.'[3]

Notes

  1. ^ a b If You Are the One. The Hollywood Reporter
  2. ^ If You Are the One. Variety
  3. ^ Lam, Perry (1 2009). [Expression error: Unexpected < operator "Beauty and the beast"]. Muse Magazine (24): 100. 

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