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Comicbook artist Sophie (Zhang Ziyi) has been left by her boyfriend
Jeff (So Ji-seob) for moviestar Joanna (Fan Bingbing), only months before
their proposed wedding. Now Sophie wants her revenge, she wants to conquer
him back until the date of the wedding, actually let him take her to the
altar - and then ditch him in front of everyone. Now this sounds like a
diabolical plan for sure, but Sophie is less than successful when it comes
to its execution, and several of her plans - like breaking into his
apartment to hide photos of her in the most impossible places - sound
silly to clumsy.
But while she tries to win Jeff back, she meets Gordon
(Peter Ho), apparently Joanna's ex who got dumped in favour of Jeff, and
somehow she gets him to agree to help her in her atempts. One of Sophie's
plans involves becoming best friends with Joanna - which ends with a
broken leg and the realization that Joanna has long known who she really
is (after all, her photos are all across Jeff's place, see above) and
bears a grudge on her.
When she is put out of action because of the
broken leg, Gordon takes care of her to a point where everyone but her
notices that he's more than just a willing accomplice, but when he urges
her to give up her plans to win back Jeff, they get into a row and he
leaves. When he returns the next day, Sophie doesn't even talk about Jeff
anymore but offers to organize an exhibition of his work as a photographer
as a thank you for all the work he has done for her. Of course he agrees,
and the two quickly become an almost-couple.
Thing is, in the meantime,
the relationship between Jeff and Joanna has gotten some cracks, and Jeff
is no longer sure if Sophie wasn't actually the greatest thing that has
ever happened to him. Jeff and Joanna's relationship comes to an absolute
crash at Gordon's exhibition, just after he has confessed his love for
Sophie. Oddly it now turns out that the whole exhibition was part (and
finale) of Sophie's plan to break Jeff and Joanna up ... but now that this
is achieved, Gordon, who has just confessed his love to Sophie, runs right
back into the arms of Joanna. What's worse, Sophie now learns that Gordon
was never Joanna's ex but her brother, whom she employed to spy on Sophie.
And though Gordon now claims he has given up spying for his sister long
ago, the harm is done ...
Sophie has a mental breakdown, and after she
has recovered, Gordon is gone, and she's only able to find him again after
she has cleared her mind of all the junk she has collected while trying to
have her revenge on Jeff ...
Actually, this is a pretty
well-done romantic comedy, it moves along at a considerable pace, contains
hardly any cheesy (and unfunny) bits to slow down the proceedings,
features quite a few fresh and well-executed slapstick bits to keep things
moving, the jokes all unexpectedly measure up to quality standards, and
even while the plot might sound clichéed, most of the plottwists are at
least dusted off and set at surprising points within the familiar story -
and while Zhang Ziyi simply isn't as outstanding doing comedy as she is
doing drama, she proves to be perfectly able to carry the movie ... and