If You Are the One
Dir Feng Xiaogang China, 2008
If you only see one Chinese romcom, let this be the one. A blockbuster hit, If You Are the One stars acclaimed Beijing actor Ge You (To Live, Farewell My Concubine, The Founding of a Republic) as new-money millionaire Qin Fen, who, in his forties, has decided he’s ready to settle down. Qin puts a personal ad online, which leads him through a string of increasingly absurd blind dates that include a gay former colleague and a cemetery saleswoman, among others.
In the end, of course, Qin meets Liang Xiaoxiao (Shu Qi), a hot but damaged airline stewardess, whom he ends up befriending and eventually bedding. We know, we know – predictable, right? The film is nevertheless hilarious, with sharp, ironic wit and finely tuned characters.
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