Cringe-worthy racial stereotypes are sent up, but then pandered to, in the genial but weak romantic comedy “This Night Is Still Ours.” Blandly titled effort by writer-helmers Paolo Genovese and Luca Miniero links an Italian guy and an assimilated Chinese girl, offering occasional sparks of laughter along with appealing leads. However, use of Japanese actors in Chinese roles reps one of pic’s many blind spots. Italy’s painfully slow rate of integration partly explains bad-taste gaffes, though insensitivity can’t be blamed for the lackluster editing. Teen idol Nicolas Vaporidis has ensured strong local B.O since Mar. 21 opening.
Undertakers Massimo (Vaporidis) and Andrea (Massimiliano Bruno) have a band, but blinged-out music impresario Cicchilitti (Franco Califano) tells them they need a Chinese chantoosie to score a contract. They think they’ve found a frontwoman after overhearing Jing (Valentina Izumi) singing, but she’s not interested. So Andrea suggests Massimo woos her until she weakens. Jing has her own game, pretending to pursue the romance to avoid an arranged marriage to a mainland Chinese. Pic begins well but then resorts to milking laughs from mispronunciations and Chinese noodles. Decent pop soundtrack is unimaginatively used.