Hong Kong’s best ro­man­tic films

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Whether you’re plan­ning to cud­dle up with bae or cry your­self to sleep this Valen­tine’s, here are our fa­vorite Hong Kong rom-coms and fiery clas­sics. By Eve­lyn Lok

Love in a Puff

Pang Ho-che­ung’s 2010 break­through rom-com not only sums up the gritty at­ti­tude of Hongkongers, but also tells a story of a bud­ding ro­mance and is a timely re­flec­tion of Hong Kong work­ing cul­ture around the time the 2007 in­door smok­ing ban was im­ple­mented. In be­tween crass jokes, flip-phone flirting and a failed Kowloon Tong one night stand, Miriam Ye­ung and Shawn Yue be­came per­haps the fun­ni­est and most iconic on-screen cou­ple in re­cent Hong Kong cin­ema.

Com­rades: Al­most a Love Story

Its Chi­nese name is per­haps slightly more po­etic: Named af­ter Teresa Teng’s song (“Sweet­ness”), “Com­rades” sees a north­ern Chi­nese im­mi­grant (Leon Lai) meet the cute but su­per­fi­cial money-minded south­erner (Mag­gie Che­ung). The two fall for each other but are barred by decades of whirl­wind fate, and fi­nally end up meet­ing again in New York. This is your movie if you want to be­lieve in des­tiny.

Twelve Nights

First-time di­rec­tor Aubrey Lam Oi-wah paired Ea­son Chan and Ce­cilia Che­ung to­gether in 2000 for this in­tel­li­gent, nu­anced look at 12 dif­fer­ent stages in a mod­ern re­la­tion­ship. Spaced across 12 non-con­sec­u­tive nights, the re­la­tion­ship be­tween a flight at­ten­dant and a young busi­ness­man swells and fades through lust, ob­ses­sion, jeal­ousy, in­se­cu­rity and self­ish­ness. Like “Gone Girl,” maybe stick to watch­ing this with­out your part­ner in case they get any ideas...

In the Mood for Love

You can’t talk Hong Kong ro­mance with­out men­tion­ing this Wong Kar-wai mas­ter­piece star­ring Tony Le­ung Chi­uwai and Mag­gie Che­ung as neigh­bors who strike up a pla­tonic re­la­tion­ship. Some swoon-wor­thy cin­e­matog­ra­phy, the quiet heart­break of two failed mar­riages, in­no­cent stolen glances, and Mag­gie Che­ung’s ridicu­lously stun­ning sil­hou­ette in a cheongsam? “If I had one more boat ticket, would you leave with me?” We would have said yes ages ago.

Love Undercover

Like most Hong Kong movies, the sil­lier the sto­ry­line, the bet­ter it is. This 2002 flick is per­haps the epit­ome of the Hong Kong rom­com, ric­o­chet­ing Miriam Ye­ung to com­edy queen with her role as a clumsy but like­able cop who goes undercover to spy on a triad leader’s adopted son—played by the charm­ing Daniel Wu. Quotable low-brow gags, slap­stick and ten­der mo­ments be­tween Ye­ung and Wu make this a doozy for sure.

Love on a Diet

Andy Lau and Sammi Che­ung fall­ing in love in fat suits never fails to brighten up a dull evening, and this 2001 clas­sic will make you be­lieve in the power of per­sis­tence, ex­er­cise, true love and tape­worms.

A killer karaoke-wor­thy sound­track doesn’t hurt ei­ther.

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