THIS IS NOT WHAT I EXPECTED –《喜歡‧你》
China, Hong Kong | 2017 | 106 min| Comedy, Drama, Romance | Mandarin Chinese with English subtitles
Director: Derek Hui
Cast: Takeshi Kaneshiro (The Crossing I & II, Red Cliff I & II), Zhou Dongyu (Soul Mate, Breakup Buddies)
Thursday 15 February 2018 | 19:30 | KINO Rotterdam (Kino 4)
– Adapted from renowned web novelist Lan Bai Se’s A Long Time Coming –
Does difference breed contempt or fondness? The Lu family motto is ‘Being loathed leads to solitude and solitude keeps the mind clear.’ Callous and eccentric Lu Jin, CEO of an international hotel group, is every bit the man one loves to hate. Gu Shengnan, sous chef of Rosebud Hotel, is no more a social darling than him – confused, careless and unkempt, she is hardly what most men consider an object of desire.
Lu Jin checks into a hotel to conduct acquisition research. He is dissatisfied with everything he sees, but a last-minute dish whipped by Gu Shengnan blows his mind. He starts ordering dishes from her and she starts cooking for him. The two don’t meet in person but they share a mutual appreciation for each other. Yet in reality, they’re arch-rivals whose every encounter is a catastrophe, until their identities are revealed by accident…
In the tug-of-war between contempt and fondness, which side will win?
Born in Hong Kong in 1982, Derek Hui graduated from the School of Creative Media of the City University of Hong Kong with first-class honors. He made his debut as a film editor in Peter Ho-sun Chan’s The Warlords (2007). Subsequently, he teamed up with a number of acclaimed filmmakers, including Teddy Chan on Bodyguards and Assassins (2009) and Kung Fu Killer (2014); Peter Ho-sun Chan again on Wu Xia (2010) and Dearest (2014); Chen Kaige on Sacrifice (2010); Keanu Reeves on Reeves’s directorial debut Man of Tai Chi (2013); Derek Tung-sing Yee on I Am Somebody (2015)and Renny Harlin on Skiptrace (2016, starring Jackie Chan). He also worked as an editor on Goodbye Mr. Loser (2015), a box-office sleeper hit that grossed US$226 million in China.
Hui was nominated for Best Film Editing at both the Hong Kong Film Awards and the Golden Horse Awards. He is to date the youngest nominee in the Best Film Editing category in the history of the Hong Kong Film Awards. Hui earned his third Hong Kong Film Awards nomination for Best Film Editing with Soul Mate (2016, directed by Derek Tsang). This is Not What I Expected! is Hui’s directorial debut for a feature film.