WHAT WOMEN WANT
I KNOW A WOMANS HEART
(Wo Zhi Nu Ren Xin)
The remake follows the Hollywood original on almost all counts, but for the fact that the story has been relocated in Beijing. It even retains the advertising agency setting. About the only minor differences I could remember between the two films was that there is slightly more fantastic visuals surrounding the scene where Andy Lau gets his telepathic abilities here the box emits a trail of animated lights and for some reason also causes an animated fish that looks like Nemo of Finding Nemo (2003) to fly around in the air and the character of the homely suicidal girl is downplayed.
The only other real differences are the way that the two films are played out. Gong Li plays with much more sophisticated allure than Helen Hunt, an actress who specialises in ordinary everyday women, did. Director/writer Chen Daming plays everything out with the frothy frivolousness of the Hong Kong comedy. It is a film designed to play on the pairing of the two star names but beyond that, there is surprisingly little to it. Even though this version reigns in at 117 minutes, a few minutes shorter than the originals 120 minutes, it feels like it drags. Seen a second time over, the premise feels slight and belaboured for the film it is made to fill. At best, we have a film that is capably made and amiably laidback. Crucially though, it fails to ever generate any romantic passion, let alone much in the way of comedy the story takes a long time to get to the inevitable point of attraction between the characters. For some reason, the film also throws in lame gags with people constantly mistaking the two stars for the real Andy Lau and Gong Li.