Seven Years Itch
I’ve been on a bit of a Nina Li jag lately; trying
to run down as many of her films as I can find. Obviously, some are better
than others are. This is a fairly weak offering from Raymond Wong (producer/actor)
and Johnny To (director), but it is certainly not as offensive as the reviews
in the HK Database make it out to be. It is one of those typical “men acting
like lustful adolescents” that HK film has a plethora of. Sort of a middle
aged Porkys with lots of women parading about – but strictly PG rated.
The only similarity with the American film
of the same title is that Raymond has reached that seven-year itch period
with his wife Sylvia Chang and the idea of other women has begun to attract
him. His brother-in-law Eric Tsang certainly does his best to push him
in that direction.
Soon a business trip to Singapore comes up and
he looks forward to the idea of “hunting wild animals”. Co-incidentally,
Nina Li is smuggling some jewels into Singapore and hides them in his luggage.
To get them back, she has to come on to his male ego. This was one of Nina’s
very first films and it shows from her acting to the baby fat still showing
in her face. She is still a pleasure to watch though.
At any rate, complications ensue as Sylvia suspects
some hanky-panky is going on and soon has a suitor chasing after her.
A fairly mediocre film – with a very peculiar
30 second cameo of Maggie Cheung jogging at the very end of the film.
She owed someone a favor I guess. This film is only for Nina Li fans such
as myself and even then the fast forward button was a blessing !