8:00 PM, 21st September, 2010
Love in a Puff is a Cantonese romantic comedy about a pair of twenty-somethings, Jimmy and Cherie, who meet in the huddle of smokers who gather around the bin on the street between Jimmy’s office and the cosmetics store at which Cherie works. After forming an unlikely friendship, particularly given the two come from radically different social sets and only met thanks to the recent ban on smoking indoors, the pair embark on a hit and miss romance.
As well as being loaded with rapid fire gags, the film manages to tell a surprisingly relatable tale of modern angst along with some amusing social commentary. It really is surprising just how applicable the story of this mismatched pair of Hong Kongers is to the same type of folks in Australia.
In a turn of events that seems ever so fitting for its subject, Love in a Puff proved to be a sleeper hit in its native Hong Kong when it was released (only a few short months ago). Despite more or less flopping in its opening week, it generated a storm of fandom on Facebook and blog-land that drove it to become one of the year’s biggest comedy hits in the special administrative region. Love in a Puff is an unmissable flick for anyone under 40!