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Summer Holiday

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Summer Holiday (2000)

98 min - Comedy - 8 December 2000
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Summer Holiday is about a Hong Kong (Sammi Cheng) girl who loses her office job and finds that her boyfriend has been cheating on her, and travels to an island in Malaysia to sell her half of a beach that her cousin gave her. Only then does she know that her cousin sold the other half to his best friend (Richie Ren) to pay off debts. In her quest to convince him to sell, they begin to fall in love

Director:  Jingle Ma
Writers:  Susan Chan

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Summer Holiday is about a Hong Kong (Sammi Cheng) girl who loses her office job and finds that her boyfriend has been cheating on her, and travels to an island in Malaysia to sell her half of a beach that her cousin gave her. Only then does she know that her cousin sold the other half to his best friend (Richie Ren) to pay off debts. In her quest to convince him to sell, they begin to fall in love


Collections: Jingle Ma

Genres: Comedy

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Country:   Malaysia
Language:  Cantonese, 普通话
Release Date:  8 December 2000

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Runtime:  1 h 38 min

High-flying Summer Koo has lost a personal fortune in the Nasdaq crash only to get fired from A&P Investment the very same day after ex-boyfriend George steals the PP Trust account.

So when resort developers offer to buy her share of a Malaysian beach, she immediately flies in only to discover that her cousin has sold his half to beach bum More who has no intention of selling up, even if the developers are offering US$3m. Summer moves in to persuade More to sell his 50%, using her city smarts to find the angle that will get her way. Romances dominated the Hong Kong box office in 2000, with Summer Holiday emerging as the third biggest domestic hit of the year, behind Needing You… and Tokyo Raiders. And it was Sammi Cheng whom audiences most wanted to witness fall in love, here with Taiwanese pop star Richie Ren on an idyllic Malay beach. But Cheng doesn’t reprise her scatty Needing You… persona; Summer Koo is Kinki Kwok’s polar opposite, a woman used to being in control of her life, however shallow. After desexualised roles in Gorgeous and Fly Me to Polaris, Ren has real onscreen charisma as the love interest with hidden depths. Jingle Ma, who also directed Polaris and Raiders, keeps the attention firmly on Susan Chan’s “boy gets girl, boy loses girl, boy gets girl back” narrative with few distractions from the supporting cast. Ma has been one of Hong Kong’s leading cameramen for fifteen years and Summer Holiday is playfully cinematic from the very first scene. And even if it is a crowdpleaser aimed at teenagers recovering from examinations hell, there’s an adult chemistry between the leads that was wholly unexpected.

Stephen Cremin

Thanks to Far East Film Festival