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By SETO KIT YAN
Originally, My Lucky Star was meant to be a prequel to Sophie’s Revenge, but it was eventually developed into a stand alone action-adventure.
Sophie is stuck in a humdrum job as a travel telemarketer in Beijing who finds escape in her cartoon creations. She is often caught daydreaming at work while she imagines herself as a spy being rescued from a tattooed villain by a suave field agent.
The turning point in her life comes when she wins an office contest that sends her on an all-expenses paid vacation to Singapore. When her travel mates Lily (Yao Chen) and Lucy (Ruby) don’t turn up for the vacation, the absent-minded Sophie is left to her own devices.
Here, not only does she embark on an adventure of her life but she meets the man of her dreams.
Taiwanese-American Wang Leehom is simply dashing as the super cool secret agent David. The Mandopop hunk even gets to showcase his musical talents in the movie playing the piano and the drums.
Known in Chinese as Fei Chang Xing Yun, My Lucky Star plays out like a manga comic, with the adorably kooky Sophie getting herself into the most bizarre situations while living out her fantasies and romancing the love of her life.
Reprising her role as Sophie, Zhang Ziyi is delightful to watch whether as a dumb blonde, a pink-haired floozy or a bumbling brunette as she tries to help David recover a much sought-after billion-dollar diamond dubbed the Lucky Star.
This diamond is also wanted by the unscrupulous weapons supplier Charlize (Terri Kwan) who needs it to power a weapon of mass destruction.
After Sophie accidentally sabotages the transaction between underworld dealer Li Wan (Morris Rong) and arms dealer Gao (Jack Kao), she has to team up with David and techie Bo (Ryan Zheng) to get the Lucky Star back.
This leads Sophie on a whirlwind adventure – from gatecrashing a private pool party at the Sands Skypark of Marina Bay Sands in Singapore to hiding out at a rustic fishing village of Hong Kong and finally manouevering the canals of The Venetian Macao in Macau in a cat-and-mouse game with the baddies.
Much-touted as the first American female director to make a Chinese movie, Dennie Gordon is perhaps hoping to win over the Chinese film market, which is currently the fastest-growing in the world.
She has made My Lucky Star into a most accessible movie; it appears to be a fun family fare that should appeal to the Chinese movie fans of all ages.
Though campy at times and somewhat afflicted by the vacuous Hollywood touch, My Lucky Star is actually a much better watch compared to some recent made-for-China films such as Andy Lau’s disastrous Switch or Jet Li’s uninspiring Badges Of Fury.
Director: Dennie Gordon
Cast: Wang Leehom, Zhang Ziyi, Terri Kwan, Ryan Zheng, Yao Chen, Ruby Lin, Ada Choi
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