I got tickets to watch three Vancouver Asian Film Festival movies and–are we surprised?–I watched only two of them. I didn’t watch Dim Sum Funeral but I’m quite confident that with its big cast of well-known Asian-American actors, it will turn up at the video store in the “International” section or, uhm, on the torrents sites….
White on Rice was quirky and quite memorable, but I take things literally, to the letter, so I don’t enjoy humour very much. I did, however, enjoy very much The People I’ve Slept With. NPY was not quite as thrilled because of the film’s many “failings” and cliches. Here, let me enumerate them… and if you have seen any number of romantic comedies, this could be a huge spoiler….
- The fabulous gay best friend
- Girl is an artist (sketch/crayon artist) and boy is an artist (chef) trapped in a straight-laced job
- A string of bad dates–or recollection of bad dates, in her case
- Girl works a non-responsible and potentially interesting job–a boutique/bookstore
- Father in late-life crisis hooked up with ultra-young babe
- Straight-laced sister with the “perfect life” shrill and harping on doing the right thing
- Ultra-romantic kitchen scene with romantic leads cutting away to kneading dough together
- A perfect wedding day with a bride with cold-feet
- Gay best friend + significant other make for a fabulous set of god-fathers
- A happy ending
Taking it for what it is, a light romantic-comedy piece not vying to move the earth in terms of storyline, I think it was done quite well. Notably, the story was not mussed up with the need to advocated Asian-anything. I was compelled throughout the movie, I rooted for all the characters. Usually, I would be a little more distasteful of the typical happy Hollywood ending but I was okay with this one, whatever the underlying reason may be.