iGirl (梦情人) Movie Review

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iGirl (梦情人) Movie Review | by tiffanyyong.com

Recommended Audience: Fans of Ekin Cheng 郑伊健, Chrissie Chau 周秀娜, Dominic Ho 何浩文, Connie Man 文凯玲, Lam Chi-Chung 林子聪, Joyce Cheng 郑欣宜 and romantic comedy movie fans


iGirl (梦情人) Movie Synopsis

Evan, Johnny, and Irwin are best friends since childhood. One day, all three of them are dumped by their girlfriends. While drunk, Evan comes across a website called “Get Your Dream iGirl”. All he needs to do is enter the criteria of his dream girl and upon payment, he will get what he wants.iGirlOn an impulse, Evan throws in his life savings. He receives a parcel containing parts of a human model, which he assembles into a woman figure. The next day, he finds the mannequin is alive…

iGirl (梦情人) Viewer Rating: 3/5 ***

iGirl (梦情人) Movie Review:

This is prolly a film that will fulfil most guys’ fantasy of having a perfect girlfriend. Yes, my male friend who watched this film with me loved the film despite the numerous absurd scenes.
Perfect boyfriendIf you are familiar with the famous manga Absolute Boyfriend aka 絶対彼氏 aka Zettai Kareshi by Yuu Watase or the Taiwanese Drama Absolute Darling (絕對達令) starring Jiro Wang, you will definitely find this film familiar. However, instead of a perfect (robot) boyfriend, the inventor gave the guys robot girlfriends instead.

iGirl couplesThere were plenty of similar plots to the manga, from the way the lead was tricked into ordering the robot, to the packaging of the robot, so fans of the manga should definitely try watching this Hong Kong version of the story. Instead of one robot, there are three types of robot.

001/O O Pig (Chrissie Chau) was an analytic and intelligent iGirl, while 002/Elaine (Connie Man) was a robot who was capable of seducing anyone. 003/Michelin (Joyce Cheng) was where all the comedy and surprises were, as she was not who Irwin (Lam Chi-Chung) thought he would get.

iGirl 3rd coupleActivated by thumbprint on the forehead, these robots had different modes – normal, sexual, fighting which they would choose by inserting a chip from their ear. A refreshing change from the usual police-thief crime films, this movie is not the typical crude Hong Kong comedy. While I won’t say it is directing the audience in the right way, by saying that the robots make a better girl-friend than real human, it was definitely hilarious watching how the musketeers interact with their new toy.

iGirl Ekin ChengI don’t have much to say about the acting, as besides Ekin Cheng and Chrissie Chau, the other two couples were mainly exaggeration of men with high sex drive (Johnny by Dominic Ho) and big appetite (Irwin). Eye-candies aside, the soundtracks performed by Lydia Lau were perhaps what made the film much more touching. We all know Chinese dubbings usually spoil the film, so don’t expect too much from the odd high-pitch whining. 

Joyce ChengI was surprised to see Joyce Cheng in the film as the third robot (a proof that I did not even look at the poster properly before watching the film). Her chemistry with Irwin (Lam Chi Chung) was pretty good and the ending was touching enough to make me tear a little.

iGirl 3 girlsThere were several unrealistic or un-robotic moments in the film. One of such was when the three robots were alone decorating the flat for a birthday party. Erm, I get it that the director wish to put it across as the robots starting to have their own emotions, but the bimbotic moments were quite turn-off. Not to forget the eye-rolling CGI fight scenes between the robots and vengeful-exes-with-superpower which totally spoilt the film. The Man-In-Black (MIB) light-flash moment was my face-palm moment.

iGirl movieCriticism aside, my friend said this is one of the few films he enjoyed a lot this year. So if you are looking for a light-hearted romantic comedy, this film will definitely bring some joy.

Do You Know?

ekin cheng Breakup 100This is the second time Chrissie and Ekin Cheng are playing lovers, the first time was in (2014’s) Break Up 100

iGirl Fat coupleThis is the first time Joyce Cheng and Lam Chi Chung acted together, and they were the couple which has the most surprising and fun scenes. Joyce said that Lam was so nice and humourous that the other ladies were jealous of her for having such a fun-loving partner.

Chrissie Chow iGirlThis movie was director Kan Jia Wei’s directorial debut. Of the three robots, only Chrissie Chau appeared naked when she first turn up. The original scene that was shot had her fully clothed, but director Kan Jia Wei decided that it would make more sense for Chau’s robot character 001 to be naked the first time she meets her “master”, who has to remove her from a box and soak her in water to activate her.
That particular scene was re-shot.

iGirl actorsiGirl is released in Hong Kong, Southeast Asia and other markets beyond the mainland via traditional channels like cinemas and pay TV, but it would only be available for the paying users of online-video giant iQiyi in China. The industry and audiences were surprised that the online film was given an investment of 10 million yuan ($1.52 million) budget.

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iGirl (梦情人) is out in cinemas on 17 March 2016.

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On March 15, 2016

13 Responses to iGirl (梦情人) Movie Review

  1. Fred says:

    I am not really fond of rom-com. However, I can imagine some pretty absurd situations in this one so maybe I can give it a try if I get the chance.

  2. Bhushavali says:

    Sounds very very funny… Yeah, as you said, my guy friends would definitely love such a story… Lolz!!

  3. Jeypi Kyu says:

    wow! i’m looking forward to watch this.. i hope i get the chnce to watch it soon. 🙂

  4. thezafragroup says:

    Sure sounds pretty interesting. It’s a unique theme. I don’t think I’ve seen anything like this yet. I would love to check it out. Thanks for sharing.

  5. nicol says:

    this is definitely right up my street. i haven’t watched a chinese move for years.

  6. Mommy Roxi (@MommyRoxi) says:

    Love comedy movies! I feel like I would enjoy this one!

  7. Shubhada says:

    Looks like fun movie. Might catch up. Sometimes local movies pack lot of punch.

  8. Suzanne Rudge says:

    What a fun movie! Seems like a great date movie or just a hang with pals movie. I love when they combine technology to a fun idea.

  9. Sunshine Kelly says:

    I am not so keen on this movie, apart from Ekin Cheng I am not familiar with the cast and also the storyline is kind of expected.

  10. Franc Ramon says:

    The concept of an iGirl looks like a nice plot. I guess it could lead to a lot of funny and interesting situations in the movie.

  11. firsttimetravel says:

    I’d want to watch this one! It looks cute and funny. I hope this will be shown in Philippine cinemas.

  12. Elizabeth O. says:

    I like that it’s a comedy, we do have a lot of AI themed movie these days but this has a fun twist. It’s great for watching with friends, definitely!

  13. rochkirstin says:

    I like this kind of movie. The robot doesn’t really look like robot but maybe the acting is similar to one. Joyce Cheng and Lam Chi Chung look humorous.

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