"Lau Ching Wan is in top form..."
- Mighty Peking Man
My Name Is Fame (2006)
Director: Lawrence Lau
Producer: Henry Fong Ping, Sin Dong-Bing
Writer: James Yuen Sai-Sang, Jessica Fong Ching, Law Yiu-Fai
Cast: Lau Ching-Wan, Huo Siyan, Candy Yu On-On, Lai Yiu-Cheung, Ekin Cheng Yee-Kin, Tony Leung Ka-Fai, Fiona Sit Hoi-Kei, Fruit Chan Gor, Derek Tsang Kwok-Cheung, Niki Chow Lai-Kei, Guk Fung, Elena Kong Mei-Yi, Samson Chiu Leung-Chun, Stephen Tung Wai, Henry Fong Ping, Gordon Chan Car-Seung, Ann Hui On-Wah, Jo Koo (Kuk Cho-Lam), Lau Dan, Calvin Choi Yat-Chi, Edmond So Chi-Wai, Remus Choi Yat-Kit, Jamie Luk Kin-Ming, Vincent Tsui
Running Time: 94 min.
Plot: See review below.
Availability: This title is available at HKflix.com
MIGHTY PEKING MAN'S REVIEW: A has-been Hong Kong actor named Poon Ka-Fai (Lau Ching Wan) is now getting the taste of what life is like after the stardom and glory have gone. Once an A-list star, now an alcoholic who can barely get supporting roles, Poon Ka-Fai has has given up on maintaining his fallen career.
It's only when an up and coming actress named Faye Ng (newcomer Huo Siyan) walks into his life that he realizes the importance of his existence. Faye Ng, a fan of Poon Ka-Fai's past work, urges him to be her personal mentor/manager. Poon Ka-Fai finally takes her under his wing and proves he has the natural ability to make her an outstanding actress. Little does he know, she also becomes an influence that leads him to a more positive lifestyle.
For the most part, My Name Is Fame is entertaining. The plot is refreshing, inspiring and solid. Lau Ching Wan is in top form with all sides of his acting abilities covered. Co-star Huo Siyan is believable as a new actress trying to make it the top. With all the bullshit comedies, boring period flicks and endless Infernal Affair-ish crime duds, it's a pleasure that Lawrence Lau actually took the time to make something different and good.
My Name Is Fame is not perfect. Here and there you get the impression that they ran out of ideas for certain little scenes, so sometimes the scenarios are lame, which leaves the film uneven in some spots. No big deal though.
Even if you watch if for Lau Ching Wan's performance alone, it's worth it!
MIGHTY PEKING MAN'S RATING: 7.5/10