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August 22, 2005

DRINK DRANK DRUNK B.O.

Miriam Yeung (Hong Kong's hottest comedienne) and Daniel Wu (required by law to appear in every single Hong Kong movie) appeared together in director Derek Yee's DRINK DRANK DRUNK which opened this weekend and took in a buzz-inducing HK$1.8 million in just a couple of days.

A romantic comedy about a French chef who is allergic to alcohol (Wu) meeting cute with a coffee shop owner who doesn't get drunk (Yeung) this is Yee's follow-up to his awe-inspiring ONE NIGHT IN MONGKOK (also with Wu). Derek Yee has quietly, and slowly, demonstrated that he's one of the big 1980's directors who has staying power while more impressive names (Ringo Lam, for one) have vanished from sight.

Even more impressive is the fact that Yee started out as a Shaw Brothers martial arts star, best known for his role in the eye-frying DESCENDANT OF THE SUN. He's one of the few remaining movie industry bigwigs who started in the Shaw era, continued through the New Wave 80's, kept on making movies during the film bubble of the 90's, and is still directing in the slimmed-down post-2000 Hong Kong film biz.

August 22, 2005 at 09:38 AM in News | Permalink

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Uh, Grady...

In between ONE NITE IN MONGKOK and DRINK, DRANK, DRUNK, Derek Yee also directed 2 YOUNG -- an understated but star-studded family drama with Jaycee Fong, Fiona Sit, Anthony Wong, Candice Yu On On, Eric Tsang and Teresa Mo that's also recommended viewing. :)

Posted by: YTSL | Aug 22, 2005 7:47:40 PM

Yep -- thanks for pointing that out (as did another savvy reader).

Posted by: Grady Hendrix | Aug 23, 2005 3:47:06 PM

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