LOVE IN DISGUISE - Amateurish Debut for LeeHom
LOVE IN DISGUISE (romantic comedy)
Cast: Wang LeeHom, Crystal Liu Yi-Fei, Joan Chen and Chen Han Dian
Director: Wang LeeHom
Screenplay: Chen Hung-chieh and Du Xin Yi
Time: 92 mins
Rating: * 1/2 (out of 4)
PREAMBLE: Wang LeeHom should stick to singing, dancing, making records or whatever he does best - but not directing films. I came to this conclusion just 10 minutes into Love In Disguise, a right royal mess of a love story in which he plays a guy almost like himself. Even a veteran film-maker like Joan Chen could do nothing to salvage this wreck of a movie...
WHAT'S IT ABOUT? Heart-throb pop singer Du Ming-Han (who looks a whole lot like Wang LeeHom) lives the lonely existence of the pop star, always in the limelight and under the scrutiny of the media and his legions of fans. His manager Joan Chen (who is Joan Chen) tries to protect him being mobbed but DMH has a habit of disguising himself in his bid to escape from his pursuers.
When his vehicle accidentally knocks into music student (Crystal Liu as Song Xiao Qing), DMH envisions "exotic music and butterflies" and decides that she is his 'soul-mate'. Abetted by his friend and band member Wei Zhi Bo (Chen Han Dian), the duo
masquerade as country bumpkins (what were they thinking?) and enrol at the Far East Music Academy where Xiao Qing is learning Chinese traditional music.
HITS & MISSES: Talking about disguises, it would take a complete idiot not to see through the silly wig and spectacles that DMH wears to play the rural student. And how else do I loathe this flick? Let me count the ways:
(i) The acting, as directed by Wang, is way below normal Taiwan/Hong Kong comedy standards. Everyone in the cast seems to be hamming it up, including Ms Joan Chen herself, and some even raised my goose-pimples!
(ii) The plot, script and dialogue suck big time. This kind of love story has been told throughout the history of moving pictures and here no one bothered to tweak it up a bit.
(iii) Throughout the film, we get the feel of an amateurish effort - almost like putting up a school musical.
(iv) I can go on but that would be overkill.
On the plus side, we have some agreeable music written by Wang himself. For such mercies, I am indeed thankful.
THE LOWDOWN: Only for diehard LeeHom fans.