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If You Are the One Love and Marriage

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Product Details

  • Actors: Ge You, Shu Qi
  • Format: NTSC
  • Language: Mandarin Chinese, English
  • Subtitles: English, Chinese
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Studio: Universal Studios Home Entertainment
  • Release Date: Dec 13 2011
  • ASIN: B005CXOG9G
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #164,828 in DVD (See Top 100 in DVD)
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IF YOU ARE THE ONE: LOVE & MARRIAGE follows the comedic courtship saga of wealthy, middle-aged retiree Qin Fen (Ge You, To Live) and serious-minded young air hostess Xiaoxiao (Shu Qi, The Transporter). After an amusing prelude in which Qin presides over a lavish divorce ceremony for an amicably splitting married couple, he and Xiaoxiao decide to address their own relationship barriers by entering into a “trial marriage” and living together full-time in a secluded, tropical villa.

On the island of Hainan, Qin and Xiaoxiao begin their daily life together, learning more about each other, themselves and what it takes to make romance blossom. He’s captivated by her beauty and youth and is hopeful that his dream of marriage will become a reality. But Xiaoxiao still has reservations about Qin’s cynical and childish sense of humor and uses their “trial marriage” getaway to determine what’s needed in life and love.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Seemed Like Two Separate Films Connected By A Central Couple Who Never Quite Clicked Convincingly Dec 15 2011
By K. Harris - Published on
I was quite excited to pick up "If You Are The One: Love And Marriage," the latest effort by Feng Xiaogang (one of China's most esteemed and commercially successful directors). Xiaogang is responsible for one of my favorite Chinese films of all time--the powerful and poignant "Aftershock." This is the follow-up to the 2008 romantic comedy "If You Are the One" and picks up where that one left off. To put the characters and their life situations into context, I would suggest that the sequel is better served by having seen the original film. But the story is still self-contained and it can be viewed as a stand-alone product. "Love and Marriage" is certainly a film that I wanted to love, and yet I'm really torn by my reaction to the film. The first half plays as a lightweight battle-of-the-sexes comedy, while the second half serves up a fair share of melancholy and tragedy. Either might have made a compelling film in its own right, but together--they sit rather uneasily. The thing that supposedly links the two disparate parts is the tumultuous relationship between the principle couple played by Ge You and Shu Qi. There's just one major problem. The screenplay never really convinced me that they were a viable and potentially loving couple--and without this connection, everything else seems a bit forced.

As "Love and Marriage" begins (after an elaborate introduction), You and Qi are about to embark on a trial honeymoon to see if they are compatible for marriage. You is an older man, recently retired, who is smitten with the younger lady. Qi likes the man and the potential stability of his offer, but has no real passion for the coupling. The film has a lightness in tone and the two banter and bicker like close friends. And I really liked the movie, at first. There is never any particular spark, however, so the piece gets increasingly preposterous as they start to manipulate one another with childish games. What was once fun soon becomes tiresome (to them and to this viewer) and it seems unlikely that they'd make a good match. As the film progresses, we start to advance through time and we see You and Qi as they evolve. When the film takes a decidedly maudlin turn, you know exactly what the film is steering you to hope about the principle couple. I just never felt it. I don't think the film establishes their bond convincingly. I'm being purposefully vague so as not to spoil any surprises, but the heart of this realistic romance was somewhat absent for me.

Still, both Qi and You are appealing actors and I did genuinely like the performances. The two played off one another well, especially as antagonistic friends. The film's sad second act plays on a beat too long for my taste--but again, it is extremely well acted by everyone involved. If you are a fan of either or both of the leads, I'd recommend checking this out. But be wary of any description that labels this as a romantic comedy. It is sporadically amusing at the beginning, but it doesn't really fit into the genre the marketing campaign would have you believe. The film does boast many gorgeous locales and is spectacular to look at from a technical standpoint. It's so impressive! The opening ceremony is beautiful and terrific, I wanted the rest of the picture to follow in equally unexpected ways. I wanted to love this one, but I ended up somewhat ambivalent despite its numerous good points. KGHarris, 12/11.
Worth it. June 4 2015
By mike-t - Published on
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I almost didn't buy this movie due to some bad reviews. Even though it might not be as great as the first one, its still a good movie, good acting, good story line, highly recommend. Received item on time like always, that's why I keep buying from Amazon. Good sound and video even though I did not buy the blu ray version, due to bad reviewers. This is not the first time I hold back due to some dumb comments. Bad reviewers should not post. If I don't like a movie for instance, I would state that the movie was lame, but to criticize it badly, makes other buyers think about it and perhaps not purchase it, like I almost did. Movie does not disappoint at all.
By Vanessa Hoover - Published on
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Two couples are dealing with their own conflict while trying to find out their true fate. Marriage, divorce and even death gives this movie many scenarios of enlightenment and sincerity. It is a MUST SEE!!!!!!
An original, enjoyable, quality film. Nov. 8 2013
By Broker since 90 - Published on
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A Chinese Romantic Comedy. I think this movie is an example of the quality of both the writing and acting in Chinese films today. It is a really enjoyable discovery.
0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Not that interesting sequel "If You Are the One" Sept. 30 2012
By Loulou - Published on
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This is a sequel to the first "If you are the One" - which is a gem. Since I wanted to find out what happens between the two lovers who found each other through a Chinese dating service, I decided to buy this sequel rather than waiting to rent it on Netflix.

It is a bland movie without much witty dialogues as in the earlier one. One will not miss anything without seeing the sequel, imho. They got married and live happily after even though to reach that point, they experienced some challenges.

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