What would you do if you had the option to delete everything that goes wrong for you?
Feeling like an under-appreciated nobody? Stuck in an unsatisfying career? Sabotaged by colleagues who steal your ideas? Bullied by a mean-spirited boss? Treated like a cash cow by selfish family members? Burdened by a silly best friend who constantly gets into trouble? Bored by a hypochondriac lover who has innumerable imagined disorders? Or simply tired that nothing seems to be going right?
Well, Hong Kong comedy Delete My Love has the answer to all these problems, and more. In the movie, the long-suffering protagonist is presented with an easy solution to all his problems.
He receives a text message on his cellphone that suggests he can delete his problems and change his life for the better. All he has to do is make a wish and everything will change.
After another particularly difficult day, the frustrated fellow decides to take the offer.
He starts deleting all the annoying and nasty people in his life, and ends up with picture-perfect substitutes who comply to his wishes. Thereafter, everything will just be hunky-dory, right? Or will it?
In separate telephone interviews, Hong Kong film director Patrick Kong, 39, comedian Wong Cho Lam, 34, and singer-turned-actress Ivana Wong, 34, shared the ups and downs of filming a comedy like Delete My Love.
Currently one of Hong Kong’s most popular funnymen, Cho Lam plays the disheartened salaryman So Po-Wing, while singer-songwriter Ivana portrays his hypochondriac girlfriend Bobo Chung. Also on the cast are Michael Hui, Michael Wong, Yuen Qiu, Nancy Sit, Alex Fong Lik Sun, Eric Kwok, and Jacquelin Ch’ng.
Commenting about his veteran cast, Kong said he was especially excited to be collaborating with actors he grew up watching on the silver screen.
“It was most challenging to cast Yuen Qiu because she was so busy with television shows and other activities that we had to work around her packed schedule,” said Kong, who is best known for his quirky romantic flicks like Love Is The Only Answer (2011), Natural Born Lovers (2012) and A Secret Between Us (2013).
“I was also really stoked to be able to work with Michael Hui, especially since he has retired from making movies. I braved myself to approach him with the script even though others discouraged me saying it would be difficult to convince him.
"He actually agreed to take on the project during our first meeting itself as he found the script very creative,” recalled Kong, who will next be working with Chilam Cheung and Chrissie Chau on the romantic comedy You Are The One, which is based on the Hollywood classic Pretty Woman.
While Ivana is considered a newcomer in acting, the soft-spoken singer-songwriter has been receiving rave reviews for both her daring big screen debut performance as a hooker with a heart of gold in Golden Chickensss (also known as Golden Chicken 3), which was released during the lunar new year.
During the interview, Ivana revealed that the first movie she took on was actually Delete My Love, and there were many challenging scenes which were especially memorable for her.
Both Ivana and Cho Lam described an especially complicated scene, which saw her trying out wedding gowns for him to pick.
“It began as a very sweet and beautiful scene, that quickly turned into one of heartbreak and sadness. I was supposed to cry, and everybody knows how hard that is to do in front of Cho Lam.
“So, we devised a plot where he would push me to the ground and I told him to go all out.
“In the end, he pushed me so hard that when I fell, my prop phone broke and that really made me cry, so it was a success,” shared Ivana, who is preparing for her solo concert at HK Coliseum next month.
“That scene was unusually demanding, transforming from a happy mood to a sad one in an instant. It will make viewers feel all warm and fuzzy, and you will smile and even laugh; but following that, the plot will suddenly turn into a tear-jerker.
“That was a real test of our abilities, seguing from blissful to disconsolate in a blink. Our chemistry was simply impeccable. It’s comparable to an Andy Lau-Sammi Cheng collaboration,” said Cho Lam, who also starred in two other comedies earlier this year – Horseplay and Black Comedy – and will soon be seen in Rise Of The Legend, a movie about Chinese folk hero Wong Fei Hung.
>> Delete My Love opens in cinemas today.