Relaxed ensemble playing by the whole cast make romantic comedy "Drink Drank Drunk" a lightly intoxicating pleasure, despite its routine script. Only starring vehicle last year by spacey Hong Kong comedienne Miriam Yeung ("Dumplings") gets a limited release in Blighty Jan. 20, and should gain some converts to her unique appeal.

Relaxed ensemble playing by the whole cast make romantic comedy “Drink Drank Drunk” a lightly intoxicating pleasure, despite its routine script. Only starring vehicle last year by spacey Hong Kong comedienne Miriam Yeung (“Dumplings”) gets a limited release in Blighty Jan. 20, and should gain some converts to her unique appeal.

Yeung plays Fung Siu-min, one of a trio of “beer girls” who tour sidewalk eateries promoting brands of brew. She’s famous for being able to imbibe huge quantities of alcohol without getting drunk. One night, she bumps into sozzled chef Michael (Daniel Wu), who’s about to shutter his French restaurant, and they become partners. Pair eventually ends up between the sheets; but then Michael gets an offer from a tough Mainland cutie (TV thesp Hu Jing) with eyes for more than his souffles. Comic side of Fung’s alcohol capacity is simply a hook into the main story, which centers on her perennial problems with men. But Yeung, who still looks as if she’s just walked on set for the fun of it, makes the brew bubble, and both Wu and Alex Fong (as a wannabe gangster) are simpatico.

Drink Drank Drunk

Hong Kong-China

Production

A Film Unlimited (in H.K.)/Milkyway Studio-Miracle (in U.K.) release of a Film Unlimited (H.K.)/Shanxi Film Studio (China) production. (International sales: Film Unlimited, Hong Kong.) Produced by Samson Ng, Mandy Law, Li Shuihe. Executive producers, Henry Fong, Liang Zhixiang. Directed by Derek Yee. Screenplay, Yee, Jessica Fong.

Crew

Camera (color), Horace Wong; editor, Kwong Chi-leung; music, Peter Kam; art director, Ben Luk. Reviewed on videodisc, London, Jan. 16, 2006. Cantonese, Mandarin dialogue. Running time: 102 MIN.

With

Daniel Wu, Miriam Yeung, Alex Fong, Vincent Kok, Hu Jing, Ella Koon, Renee Dai, Toby Leung, Chin Ka-lok, Terence Yin, Andrew Lin, Tony Ho, Ken Wong, Henry Fong, Paul Fonoroff.
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