Ming Ming

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This article is about the film. For the Manga character, see Ming-Ming. For the giant panda, see Ming Ming (giant panda). For the Wonder Pets character, see Wonder Pets. For the English town nicknamed Ming Ming, see Immingham.
Ming Ming
Ming Ming poster.jpg
Promotional poster for Ming Ming
Directed by Susie Au
Produced by Philip Lee
Barbie Tung
Written by Susie Au
Angela Lau
Louisa Wei
Starring Zhou Xun
Daniel Wu
Tony Yang
Jeff Chang
Music by Veronica Lee
Anthony Wong Yiu Ming
Cinematography Fisher Yu
Edited by Susie Au
Cheung Ka-Fai
Distributed by Polybona Films
Release date(s)
  • 14 October 2006 (2006-10-14) (Pusan Film Festival)
  • 26 April 2007 (2007-04-26) (Hong Kong)
Running time 105 minutes
Country Hong Kong
Language Cantonese, Mandarin, Shanghainese

Ming Ming (Chinese: 明明) is a 2006 Hong Kong film directed by Susie Au and starring Zhou Xun, Daniel Wu, Tony Yang and Jeff Chang. A debut feature-length film by Au, an experienced music video director, Ming Ming premiered on 14 October 2006 during the Pusan Film Festival and was released in cinemas in Hong Kong and Mainland China on 26 April 2007.[1]

Cast[edit]

Plot[edit]

Fiery Ming Ming (Zhou Xun) has always been the kind to take responsibility for her actions. When she meets D (Daniel Wu) at a boxing ring, the two soon become lovers.

D tells Ming Ming he would go to Harbin if he had $5 million. Taking him at his word, Ming Ming goes to Brother Cat and asks him for the money. When he demurs, she steals it, along with a secret box; she manages to fight off the other gang members by incredible prowess with black flying beads, which projected at enough speed, can be deadly.

Brother Cat is furious she has taken the box; and send his associates to find her.

As she is running away, Ming Ming bumps into an acquaintance, Tu, and passes him the money and tells him to run. Tu's special skill is to run very fast. She also bumps into Nana (Zhou Xun in a double role) who coincidentally is also in love with D, while escaping.

Mistaking Nana for Ming Ming, Tu grabs her hand and the two of them escape to Shanghai in search for D. Nana knows Tu has got the wrong person, but the lure of the $50 million is too strong. Meanwhile, Ming Ming keeps herself hidden with the box, using her superb fighting skills to protect the two from a distance.

Failing to find D, all Ming Ming and Nana have is a secretive voicemail message left by him.

Finally, they realise that the secret that D is looking for is also connected to the box they hold. Just what is this secret...

Release[edit]

Ming Ming premiered during the Pusan Film Festival and was released in cinemas in Hong Kong and Mainland China on 26 April 2007.[1] According to distributor Polybona Films, the film grossed over ¥10 million (approximately US$1.3 million) in total box office from Hong Kong and Mainland China within five days of release.[2]

Critical reception[edit]

Ming Ming opened to mixed to negative reviews. Perry Lam of Muse magazine writes, 'There is little doubt that Susie Au has an enormous gift for creating visual images, but somebody should have told her that a movie director is someone who tells a story with images and dialogue.'[3]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b Unknown. "Zhou Xun, Anthony Wong shoot "Ming Ming" music video", China Radio International, 28 March 2007. Retrieved on 11 April 2007.
  2. ^ Zong, S. "Distributor claims 10 million yuan box office sum of both Hong Kong and Mainland", Beijing Entertainment Post, 3 May 2007. Retrieved on 5 May 2007.
  3. ^ Lam, Perry (May 2007). "Basic Instinct". Muse Magazine (4): 60. 

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