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Office (3D)

Hong Kong crime director par excellence Johnnie To offers up an equally exuberant, financial-world set musical that has to be seen to be believed.

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Director Johnnie To
Producers Johnnie To, Sylvia Chang
Screenwriter Sylvia Chang
With Sylvia Chang, Chow Yun Fat, Eason Chan, Tang Wei
China-Hong Kong 2015
117 mins
Sales Edko Films

There is nothing that is not wonderful about this stylish Hong Kong musical that charts corporate culture’s inner workings with dazzling élan. Forget The Devil Wears Prada. There’s a new iconic boss in town: CEO Chang (Sylvia Chang, also the film’s co-writer), who runs a tight ship at the billion-dollar company Jones & Sunn. As the mistress of Chairman Ho (Chow Yun-Fat), she’s been promised a big stake when the company goes public, but auditors are in the building and something doesn’t add up. All the intrigue is seen through the eyes of two interns who, eager to climb the ladder while remembering everyone’s coffee order, soon learn the office is a hotbed of gossip, love affairs and shameless backstabbing. There’s a touch of Jacques Tati to the inventive, bright, angular production design, and Johnnie To is in his element ramping up the tension as greed takes grasp and the economic crash looms on the horizon. And, of course, there are the songs, which are witty and satirical. And those costumes! Snazzy monochrome by day, liquid lingerie in the boudoir and sharply tailored formal gowns for client entertainment. Office is a film to fill your daydreams as you stand by the photocopier.

Kate Taylor

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