This Chinese musical movie starring big names collaboration of Sylvia Chang, Chao Yun Fatt and Eason Chan had rather good review. I had expected it to be like Les Miserable but there is much more dialogues than singing.
The beginning of the movie gave a a headache. There were plenty of camera close ups and movements, such that there was never one focal point at any scene. Add to that, the whole movie set up is similar to a stage, where there are no walls, only rods and poles separating buildings and even MRT trains.
Li Xiang and Kat QiQi start their first day of work, joining hundreds of office workers as they queue to take the lifts, except that Qiqi has certain privileges, she doesn’t need to queue, for unknown to everyone, she is the daughter of the chairman. The CEO Chang(Sylvia Chang) is preparing the company for IPO with the help of her elite team comprising of David (Eason Chan), Sophia (Tang Wei) and a few others. Rumours has it that Chang is sleeping with the Chairman (Chao Yun Fatt) to get where she is, but she is also in a relationship with David, using company funds for other stuff. David persuades Sophia to help him manipulate the accounts by promising his love in the wake of the Lehman’s brother and 2008 financial disasters. And so you have the gist of the story.
There wasn’t any catchy tunes that caught my attention, neither were there any particular protagonists who evoke any sympathy with the audience. I walked away from the cinema, wishing I had chosen to watch the other musical 3688 instead.