Perfect Match



Reviewed by YTSL

Fans of Maggie Cheung should take note that she looks lovely in this 1991 offering that is yet another of those whose underlying plot premise is that opposites attract.  Although not as elegant looking as she is now, one of Hong Kong -- nay, world -- cinema's most beautiful actresses had finally shed off the baby fat that she still had on her in her early film appearances (e.g., "Police Story" and "Project A II"), allowing her cheekbones to become more prominent and her overall visage to approach its angled peak.  Additionally, the sight of her gloriously long, glossy and straight mane in this D&B production prompted me to have hair envy (in much the same way that seeing Brigitte Lin's thick eyebrows makes me wish that mine didn't look like they had been plucked in the middle of the night by some mean person).

On a way less positive note:  The above may well be the only good thing(s) I can state about a movie that should only be seen by Maggie completists.  It did not help that THE PERFECT MATCH's makers didn't make more use of the Magster's acting ability than they did.  For that matter, she was far from the only individual connected with this thoroughly disappointing production whose talents seem wasted by producer-director Stephen Shin and whoever else were responsible for this lame piece of work.  In all honesty, the overwhelming impression this disgruntled (re)viewer got was that there were less demands made for such as effort and quality on the part of the film's scriptwriter and cast as there were for tolerance of such as often mean-spirited and juvenile idiocy passing for comedy from the offering's audience.
Hui Sui Hung, George Lam and Jacy Cheung
A generous dollop of imagination -- and definitely more than a leather jacket, jeans, a helmet and a big motorbike -- is required as well to conceive of Maggie Cheung as a tough car mechanic.  Ditto re George Lam as a big name music conductor who happens to be as much an expert at wielding a sword as a baton.  Alternatively, it's not difficult to guess who are supposed to turn out to be THE PERFECT MATCH in this wannabe romantic movie (though if one were to judge matters on such as what passes as chemistry between the top-billed duo, that conclusion would be a far from logical one for people to reach).
I know that George Lam has his critics but I will assert that he is hardly the weakest link of THE PERFECT MATCH.  Instead, that "honor" falls squarely on the shoulders of:  Jacky Cheung, hamming it up and playing infantile to the max in his role as Maggie Cheung's character's delinquent nuisance of a kid brother (who effectively brings together his sister and the celebrity he sought to blackmail); with a rather colorless Vivian Chow -- playing his spoilt little rich girl sweetheart cum partner in crime -- not being that far behind in the "most irritating" stakes.  And although veteran comedian Lydia Shum (playing Vivian Chow's character's mother) and character actor Hui Sui-Hung (whose Chewing Gum character is as ridiculously nicknamed as the main man's Chopsticks sobriquet) seem to have honestly tried to be somewhat entertaining, their presence failed to add much to the film.  Still, their appearances did not seem as stupid and superfluous as that of Yuen King Tan (once more playing a lustful woman), Manfred Wong (making a cameo appearance as the horny blind friend of George Lam's character) and Cynthia Khan (playing a cousin of Vivian Chow's character who -- gasp! -- actually does not appear to possess a lecherous nature).
 George and Lydia Shum
How unfunny was THE PERFECT MATCH?  The bottom line is that this feature length film didn't succeed even once in making me laugh out loud.  Something else to consider is that it was only around this ostensible romantic comedy's 30 minute mark that I finally witnessed something that made me smile (The fact that it was someone's calling Jacky Cheung "frog face" should be proof that it doesn't necessarily take that much to tickle my funny bone).  All in all, this dubious piece of work qualifies as the worst movie with Maggie Cheung in it that I've ever seen (This from someone who has now viewed 34 of them).  Here's expressing my sincere hope that there's not (m)any more skeletal duds like it in her filmographic closet.

My rating for the film:  3.



DVD Information:

Distributed by Universe

The transfer is quite nice most of the time - a bit dark in some of the indoor scenes.

Letterboxed

Cantonese and Mandarin language tracks.

8 Chapters

The subtitles are Chinese or English or Bahasa (Malaysia).

There is a trailer for this film - and ones for It's a Drink, it's a Bomb, Heart to Heart and Heart into Heart.