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Bingo leads a carefree city life that revolves around work, friends and dating. Her yuppie life is turned upside down one passionate night when her hot date Dr. V discovers a lump on her left breast.
Bringing together the unlikely combo of a breast-cancer theme and romantic comedy, Law Wing-cheong’s 2 Become 1 deftly juggles laughs and drama to craft one of Hong Kong’s most intriguing features of late.
Miriam Yeung plays Bingo Leung, a hardworking advertising executive who meets doctor Vincent Cheung (Jen) on a night out. They soon wind up at Leung’s place but their bedroom romp is cut short when Cheung finds a lump in the woman’s breast. Thinking Cheung’s a pervert, Leung boots him out but heeds his call to have a checkup anyway. The results are bad and a mastectomy’s strongly advised, but headstrong Leung puts on a brave face while fearing for her future, and opts for alternatives to treatment.
Cheung meanwhile sticks around despite the woman constantly rejecting him (and their first-night encounter leaving him impotent) and his support might just be exactly what Leung needs.
A breast-cancer theme is a strong one for today’s commercial Hong Kong cinema, but 2 Become 1’s filmmakers steer clear of bogging the film down in all-out drama and health lectures. Lively dating shenanigans, suicide gags, swindling, a side plot about a singer, and an ad campaign becoming part of therapy all colour the affair instead, complementing the lead couple’s more affecting scenes together. Key to holding everything together is Miriam Yeung in a fun and varied performance, bringing forward the everyday-girl persona honed in her earlier films like Love Undercover (2002). Richie Jen, on his second pairing with Yeung after Elixir Of Love (2004), provides his trademark cheerful screen persona, well suited to a film that promotes positive thinking.
Thanks to Far East Film Festival