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Love Undercover 2: Love Mission

Year of release: 2003

Genre: comedy

Director: Joe Ma

Writers: Joe Ma, Sunny Chan

Stars: Miriam Yeung, Daniel Wu, Raymond Wong, Coco Chiang, Lam Suet, Sammy Leung

Rated IIA for mild profanity and violence

RATING: 5 out of 10

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In the follow-up to last year's surprise hit Love Undercover, Miriam Yeung returns as a frazzled cop who is promoted after her heroic deeds in the first film. However, after a series of bumbles, she is nearly kicked off the force after she attacks the VIP (Coco Chiang) she is supposed to be protecting. It turns out the VIP is actually an undercover agent, and Miriam must take her place in order to catch a high-class theif, all while trying to keep her relationship with her boyfriend (Daniel Wu) from falling apart.

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To be frank, I haven't seen the first movie, so I can't say how part 2 stacks up against it. But on its' own, Love Undercover 2: Love Mission comes off as just your average Hong Kong comedy. There are a few laughs here and there, but ultimately, this isn't anything special.

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Probably the film's main stumbling block are the characters -- I just didn't really care about any of them. Miriam Yeung, unfortunately, come off the worst (frankly, her mannerisms annoyed me for much of the running time) and it's really hard to like a movie where you don't like the main character. The other actors seem to try and salvage matters, but the too-convoluted script and hit-and-miss direction undermine any work the actors put out.

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Love Undercover 2 isn't a horrible movie by any means, but it never really seemed to hold much interest for me. Hong Kong seems to be cranking out these kinds of films by the boatload lately (as romantic comedies are one of the few economically viable genres at the sagging local box office), and I would think that most viewers could find something better to occupy their time with instead of a retread of the same old stuff gussied up with a fancy new title and freshly scrubbed neophyte stars.

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VCD Information

Company: Mei Ah (catalog number 2508)

Format: widescreen

Language: Cantonese or Mandarin

Subtitles: Chinese/English electronically printed on the lower part of the picture

Extras: trailer for "Men Suddenly in Black"

Like most new VCDs, this one sports a very nice picture and sound transfer that isn't quite up to the level of a DVD, but makes for a good way to watch the movie if you don't want to spring for the DVD.


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