Love in a Puff

Original Title: 志明與春嬌/志明与春娇
Release date: March 25, 2010
Director: Ho-Cheung Pang
Screenplay by: Ho-Cheung Pang, Heiward Mak
Cast: Miriam Yeung, Shawn Yue

Who could have thought that smoking could be… so sweet?

On the outside, Love in a Puff is a romantic tale about a guy at a marketing company named Jimmy who meets a cosmetic sales girl from a nearby mall named Cherie, while they’re taking a smoke-break.

Within its core, the film is about two people that fall in love within a city. The best comparison I could make is that if there were such thing as a version of Hong Kong, I Love You, a film like Love in a Puff would be the perfect setting for a short. The film is about the city and its smoking ban policy, just like it is about this couple… and if you’ve ever been to Hong Kong and/or have many Hong Kong friends, you’ll feel even more at “home.”

The developing interest between both Yeung’s Cherie and Yue’s Jimmy is sweet, without it being saccharine. It’s got enough bittersweet situations to make their interaction real, and it’s got plenty of laughs… which is funny, considering the film was categorized for adults for obvious sexual reference, but is not explicit at all.

Director Ho-cheung Pang continues a generally good strike of interesting films, with works such as Exodus and Isabella, managing to get natural performances and dialog from his performers, as well as a true building relationship between the two.

Love in a Puff is one of those film to watch on a summer afternoon… preferably outside, just as if you were watching Cinema Paradiso, you might be surprise how enchanting a movie this is.

Rating: ★★★¾☆ 


YAM Magazine editor, photographer, blogger, translator and part-time web designer. Film junkie, music junkie… and lately series (a.k.a. TV) junkie.

13 Responses

  1. Castor says:

    Sounds like a decent romantic movie. I shall keep an eye out for it… if it ever makes it to Netflix :)

    • amy says:

      @Castor, crossing fingers for it!
      I doubt it, though. I think US distributors just love martial arts film or really arthouse. Love in a Puff doesn’t really fit either of those.

      Did Shanghai ever opened in the US?

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