孤男寡女/Needing You

[Screenshot]I probably should’ve been warned off by the romantic-comedy aspects. Continental European romantic comedies are frequently better than their American counterparts; east Asian ones can be a bit more of a crapshoot. Needing You is not actually all that bad, but it does not, for the most part, distinguish itself. There’s a certain color-by-numbers feel to the setup, with a womanizing office manager, his scatterbrained assistant, and a lot of conversations in which people insult others while they’re covertly listening. Seriously, that’s one speakerphone incident away from an American sitcom. It does it all with good enough grace to be watchable, though. Plus it’s shot through with occasional elements which lift it away from its mundane office setting. There are recurring scenes of dining, and while it’s easy for an outsider to be horrified by what a culture eats, there are at least two scenes of people in-scene being horrified by the food, so I think it’s permissible to find the culinary experiences presented here a bit regrettable. Of the two major characters, only Andy actually appears to develop: Kinki is more or less the same character at the end as at the beginning, just presented in a more charming light. I’m not sure if that says something alarming about gender, but I used up all my indignation of Decameron ’69, so I’ll let this one slide.

See also: IMDB, Wikipedia.

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I'm a mathematics professor at the University of Louisville, and a geek.

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