Meanwhile, reclusive former megastar Fan (Mui) moves into the apartment downstairs, falls for Sam and also pals up with Wing. Complications start when Wing asks Fan to pretend to be her lover to ward off suspicions about Sam’s sexuality, and Fan (who doesn’t know Wing is actually a girl) starts getting feelings for her. If that isn’t enough, Fan and Wing star in a movie together, with the former playing a man and the latter a woman.
Pic is filled with in-jokes about H.K.’s campy pop scene and cult of celebrity, with some sharp barbs about the gullibility of fans. This initially satirical edge is unfortunately ditched early on as the sexual confusions multiply, but the slickly assembled movie, which has a more playful tone than the original, easily gets by on sheer star power as the three leads relaxedly do their stuff.
Supporting roles are well filled by Lee Yi-hung as Fan’s loopy lesbian assistant and new star Jordan Chan as Wing’s best friend. The several cameos by industryites include director Ann Hui as an airplane stewardess. Pic took some HK$21 million ($3 million) last summer, slightly down on the original’s tony HK$29 million.