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Opened: 09/28/2012 Limited
|AMC Empire 25||09/28/2012 - 10/04/2012||7 days|
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Genre: Hong Kong Comedy
To Wai-cheung (Chapman To), a long-time film producer, is the guest speaker at a film school. When asked what a producer does for a film, his answer is through an analogy: a film producer is like pubic hair during sex -- easing the friction between the bodies involved. Trying to change the subject, the professor leading the lecture shifts the subject to how a producer finds an investor or how he might use product placement: again, To replies with the same analogy -- that it's up to the director to finesse the parts together in order to get the film done. Yet there is so much more...
When an undisciplined and inappropriately dressed assistant arrives late to his presentation to investors, To much pitch his latest project solo. A product placement pitch for a multinational insurance provider, it's up to him to convince them building their brand into his film is ideal. But the assistant has made some changes, including turning the multinational into the villain of the story, connecting it with money launderers and terrorist organizations and ultimately responsible for murdering the hero's family. Needless to say, the investors decide to pass.
As a film producer, To informs the class, they must be ready for rejection time-and-time again. And they must sacrifice, sacrifice, sacrifice. He requests the classroom photography stop the camera so he can provide the full story...
To contacts Wing-shing in Guangzhou, who has a beat on a Triad gangster looking to finance a film -- and he can make an introduction over a meal. To is soon introduced to the gangster, Tyrannosaurus (Ronald Cheng), who turns out to have very interesting tastes when it comes to food and sex. Regardless, To is determined to woo this investor, even if it means giving into his every demands. Tyrannosaurus makes the funding conditional on being able to secure his childhood crush as the lead.
To manages to convince sexagenarian Susan Shaw to act in the film, with model Tsui Ka-yan (Dada Chan) (so famous for her oral skills she's called "Popping Candy") acting as Shaw's younger body double. He also casts Hiro Hayama, who is currently suffering from a lasting ailment after starring in his last erotic film, to be the lead actor.
Things begin to turn awry when director Blackie Tak (Matt Chow) makes unreasonable changes to the original script, resulting in the production going seriously over budget. Even more bizarrely, Tyrannosaurus makes a special request to have his girlfriend play a role in the film. But his girlfriend is no ordinary gal, thus resulting in a particular situation that even To might not be be able to "finesse"...
To add to this, To must deal with the continuing series of misfortunes that creep up on him; he's sued by his assistant Quin for sexual harassment and his ex-wife prohibits him from seeing his daughter, telling her that he's in prison and his relationship with his leading lady continues...