Along the way there's laughs, jabs at the porn industry, digs at their consumers, appearances by some comely Hong Kong actresses, occasional no-name skin, and then a final dip into the conflicts and moral issues that might arise from running your own porn empire. That's where Naked Ambition eventually derails. Female movie geeks apply anytime. Filming began in Tokyo in October 2013. But, when your daily business leads you into personally compromising positions, something's gotta give. Directors Dante Lam and Chan Hing-Kai who also co-wrote let their film degrade from a potential satire into a pandering comedy-drama that touts the strength of brotherhood. Likewise, Eason Chan's John gets away with adultery, and he's still supposed to be a great guy.
It is a loose sequel to Chan Hing-ka and 's 2003 film. Along the way there's laughs, jabs at the porn industry, digs at their consumers, appearances by some comely Hong Kong actresses, occasional no-name skin, and then a final dip into the conflicts and moral issues that might arise from running your own porn empire. With the above in mind, Naked Ambition ultimately comes off as somewhat superficial. It's a shame that the females are pushed behind the males in this story, because they're infinitely more likable than the guys leading the way. Where it does fail is in its handling of the subject matter, which could have been so much more than a slight biopic celebrating the brotherhood of two bozos. Well enough is enough; someone should let him know that it's time to find some new material. Country: Hong Kong Status: Released: Genre: ; ;.
Louis Koo and Eason Chan do play their roles with likable smarmy charisma, but that doesn't change the fact that they're total heels. To witness the affirmation of friendship between two guys who let their libidos ruin their personal lives, when frankly they should be given good beatings? Andy has always been the top man, and eventually John chafes at being second banana. This sits comfortably with the slapstick and silliness, and Lee Kung Lok directs with enthusiasm and a cheerful lack of pretension, keeping the film bouncing along at a fun pace. Basically, these two heels regularly cheat on their better halves, the result of which is heartache Andy eventually realizes that Pamela is the one he really loves or even more lies John lies bold-faced to Fanny about his straying ways. Andy has the innanely supportive Pamela at home for him, and John has steady girlfriend Fanny Denise Ho , who also works for the magazine.
The film opens with Chapman To as Wai Man, a struggling writer of erotic fiction who lives in the shadow of his far more successful girlfriend Cecilia Candy Yuen in Hong Kong. The morality of their business always seems to be etched in stone, i. Another Josie Ho gets high marks for her fellatio technique, which leads to more business than her jaw can handle. Plus, the parodying of the industry is quite profound at times Certainly not everyone's cup of tea - it's definitely not for prudes - but good fun if you don't take it too seriously. Where Naked Ambition fails is not in its fun factor, as it provides eye candy and dirty laughs for fans of the stars. Something does give, though it's not John and Andy.
In short, an outrageous parody of the adult film industry. One Jo Koo gets lazy and resorts to using a stand-in, meaning complaints to the magazine that they're falsely informing their readers. While some scenes are plain stupid and really shouldn't be in any movie, this is more than made up for by the scenes that are quite funny. Initially their write ups of their models are purely fictional, but the success of the magazine as an advertising tool leads to girls becoming willing to do whatever it takes in order to get a good review, and both Andy and John give in to the temptation of all the sex offered to them, damaging their relationships with girl friends and loved ones. But what I really love is writing about the action films and sci fi as I'm a huge geek and love my job! Then they take out their problems on each other, kiss and make up, and we're supposed to be happy? John Chan and Andy Koo are two comic section editors for a local publication who get downsized unceremoniously. Some of the prositutes Andy and John profile become celebrities after seeing print. .
They join forces with some of their former colleagues to publish their own magazine, and use the savings of Andy's sweetheart girlfriend Pamela the ever-charming Cherrie Ying to fund the enterprise. Still, despite some eventual moral murkiness, the film is superficial and even a little insulting. More attention is given to what happens between John and Andy, which is the usual rivalry one would expect from two buddies who make it big. However, this falls flat, mainly because To is clearly not the cute, weak-willed type that the Mario Ozawa gag revolves around him being, swearing and cursing his way through in his usual fashion. Special mention has to go to Louis Koo, who here puts in one of his funniest appearances for some time, stealing most of his scenes with dignity-free charm. A man accidentally becomes an adult movie star. Chan's idea immediately receives enthusiastic responses from his friends, who offer their help—especially Hatoyama Josie Ho , who is familiar with the Japanese porn industry.
While everyone initially takes great interest in being a part of filming, Chan is soon forced into acting in the lead role. Chan's idea immediately receives enthusiastic responses from his friends, who offer their help—especially Hatoyama , who is familiar with the Japanese porn industry. But random observations about the wacky life in the porn business can only get you so far. Please refer to your update in this movie. Review by Kozo: The man with the tan, popular actor Louis Koo, takes on producing duties with Naked Ambition, an entertaining but problematic look at Hong Kong's sex industry. That's where Naked Ambition eventually derails.
Based on the true-life exploits of co-writer Frankie Chung Kin-Keung, the film details the rise of two guys played by Koo and Eason Chan from lowly editors at a magazine to kings of the local porn industry. That the two fellows remain friends is supposed to be the payoff of this two-hour commercial for the Hugh Hefner lifestyle, but shouldn't there be more at stake than the buddy-buddy relationship of two cheaters? Naked Ambition never seems to moralize, but the picture it paints isn't very comforting. Based on a true story the film is set in the world of Hong Kong's pornography and prostitution business. Before too long they're the toast of their particular niche market. The two fight, part ways, and eventually meet once again, but by the time all that happens, one has to wonder: is this why we're watching this movie? Based on the true-life exploits of co-writer Frankie Chung Kin-Keung, the film details the rise of two guys played by Koo and Eason Chan from lowly editors at a magazine to kings of the local porn industry. The visibility and money from this success leads to run ins with the law and organised crime, but what drives a wedge between Andy and John is their attitude to sexual temptation. The details of John and Andy's rise from nobodies to porn superpowers are actually telling and quite funny.
After publishing a negative review of a particular establishment, they're approached by triads led by Tats Lau who are unhappy with how they were rated. The stardom turns out to have many downsides. Ultimately John manages to extract himself from the world of porn and prostitution, whilst Andy finds it impossible to leave. The attempt turns out to be a success, and soon they start their way up the industry's food chain. Unashamedly messy, chaotic and anecdotal, the film very rarely makes any sense, bouncing its way between gags and wacky set pieces and throwing in a constant stream of Hong Kong and Japanese pop culture references. While everyone initially takes great interest in being a part of filming, Chan is soon forced into acting in the lead role. Directors Dante Lam and Chan Hing-Kai who also co-wrote let their film degrade from a potential satire into a pandering comedy-drama that touts the strength of brotherhood.