Jimmy and Cherie are driving each other nuts, starting a cycle of breaking up and getting back together. Work has them moving to Beijing, both with new relationships. Despite thinking that they won’t be running into each other, they manage to anyway—and suddenly they’re cheating on their partners.
Fueled by its easygoing lead actors, director Pang Ho-Cheung strikes the perfect balance between humor and melodrama in this charming love story. Depicting a glossy Beijing rife with young professional singles, the film is also a universal look at modern dating in all of its virtues and faults.
7.0/10, “JIMMY & CHERRIE trilogy strongly bears out HK filmmaker Peng Ho-cheung’s massive appeal, integrating black humor, saucy subject matters into his scripts which brilliantly capture the zeitgeist of its locality.”
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There’s charm aplenty in Pang Ho-Cheung’s “Love in the Buff,” a romantic comedy that is as interesting for its glimpse into contemporary urban China as it is for the charisma of its leads. A sequel to his “Love in a Puff,” from 2010, “Buff” follows a 30-ish Hong Kong couple, Cherie (Miriam Yeung) and Jimmy as they struggle to maintain their bond, first as live-in lovers and then while seeing others in Beijing.
This is a quirky and a little off beat cantonese film that portrays an old relationship re-blossoming pretty realistically throughout the movie but then having it abruptly end in a burgeoning cliche that is trite and messy. The humor is a bit dark and the banter is sharp between the lead love interests but the tone of the movie jumps back and forth from drama to comedy pretty choppily, making the flow a bit stifling.