2007 marks the tenth anniversary of the 1997 Hong Kong Handover, when the territory was returned to Mainland Chinese rule. Dubbed a "Handover film" along with Barbara Wong's Wonder Women
and Samson Chiu's Mr. Cinema
, Law Wing Cheong's Hooked On You
gently revisits those momentous ten years through the lives of normal everyday Hong Kongers. With the city as a loving backdrop, this Johnnie To-produced film follows the evolving experiences and relationships of two fishmongers played by Eason Chan and Miriam Yeung, who previously starred in Law's 2 Become 1
. The memorable ups and downs of the decade, from the financial crisis and SARS to bakery runs and urban redevelopment, weave unassumingly into the narrative, as the protagonists and the city grow and change together. Collaborating for the third time after Feel 100% II
and Frugal Game
, Eason Chan and Miriam Yeung share a natural chemistry and deliver remarkably restrained and realistic performances. Banking simply and effectively on good acting, good story, and good direction, Hooked On You
subtly captures the Hong Kong experience with earnest emotions, sincere storytelling, and down-to-earth nostalgia.
In the summer of 1997, 27-year-old Miu (Miriam Yeung) begins working as a fishmonger at Fortune Market to pay off the debts of her irresponsible father (Stanley Fung). She immediately invites trouble from brusque fishmonger Fishman (Eason Chan), who is none too happy about the competition, but the two eventually settle into a tentative friendship. The hardworking Miu, like most Hong Kong women approaching the Big Three-O, is hoping to get married soon, and most definitely not to a market vendor. As the years pass, Miu and Fishman experience trials big and small together, growing closer over time. Fishman sees Miu and Fortune Market as his present and future, but she wants more from life.