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Romancing in Thin Air: No ‘romance’ in sight

By Lina Chan KobayashiMovies - 07 February 2012 7:00 PM

Romancing in Thin Air: No ‘romance’ in sight

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Rating: 2 stars out of 5

The Stars: Louis Koo, Sammi Cheng, Gao Yuanyuan

The Buzz: A snowbound romance film portraying ‘love leaves one breathless’. It also has a “II” in its movie title, but no, it isn’t a sequel.

The Story: After a long hiatus, Sammi Cheng is back on the big-screen playing a widow (Sue) hopelessly longing for the return of her husband while Michael, a superstar, attempts to woo the distraught widow after getting dumped by his fiancé. thinks: A clichéd love story starring hunk Louis Koo and singer Sammi Cheng, “Romancing in Thin Air” revolves around two individuals who fell out of love with their ex-partners, and then fell in love with each other. Sounds like many other love stories – they either die, or fall in love.

Koo plays Michael Lau, a multi-talented superstar while Cheng plays Sue, a happy-go-lucky woman who runs a hotel up in Shangri-la, Yunnan province.

Michael got ditched at the altar by his fiancé and becomes an alcoholic while Sue’s husband had gone missing in the forest for seven years. 

Michael appears at Sue’s hotel after stumbling onto the back of her truck and made major repairs to her husband’s possessions.

Refusing to open her heart to anyone else (yes that includes Michael); she continues to wait for her husband’s return.

Naturally, Michael sees Sue’s pain and decides to sober up as well as do some chores at the hotel. Expectedly, they grew closer.

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Michael returns to the spotlight and tells the media he’s in love with someone. Honestly, why didn’t anyone sabotage their relationship? Their romance was all too smooth flowing.

Did we mention Sue was Michael’s number one fan but she showed zero interest in the heart-throb who plays the piano, rides a bike and acts in blockbusters?

Once again having problems keeping women by his side (we’re talking about Sue this time), Michael directs a movie dedicated to her, with his ex-fiancé as the lead actress, playing Sue.

The clichéd love story took a few twists and turns here and there, tugging on heart strings while moving scenes render people scuffling for tissues to wipe their tears.

Although they’ve played as on-screen couples before, Cheng and Koo did not have much chemistry--we weren’t convinced that they are in love. It was Koo’s gestures and the things he did for her in the show that convinced us.

We do admit that it got us annoyed when Sue refused to let go of her deceased husband, which made us even more excited to anticipate whether it would even be possible for Michael to woo the stubborn Sue.

Cheng definitely stole the show. She brings us through her ‘crushed life’ and convinced us with her feelings of happiness, helplessness and closure as she plays the role of a fan-girl, a happy-go-lucky woman, and a vulnerable widow.

Predictable endings aside, it’s a story that’s beautifully put together with a few goofy moments by Louis Koo and romantic elements are lacking here and there.

Romancing In Thin Air” is recommended to those who love happy endings to an initially tragic story, considering how Sue went through so much just to know about her husband’s whereabouts and status before painstakingly getting herself to move on.

The movie is certainly just the right panacea for those who have fallen out of love, perhaps this could be an inspiration to move on--just in time for Valentine’s Day.

"Romancing in Thin Air" opens in theatres February 9.