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The Personals (1998)

Zheng hun qi shi (original title)
Not Rated | | Comedy, Drama, Romance | 9 October 1999 (Malaysia)
An attractive and successful doctor places a personal ad in a newspaper to try to meet (and eventually marry) Mr. Right. A succession of blind dates ensues, featuring men who are lonely, desperate, dangerous and perverted.

Director:

Kuo-Fu Chen
5 wins & 9 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Credited cast:
Rene Liu ... Dr. Du Jia-zhen
Wu Bai
Chao-jung Chen
Pao-Ming Ku
Shih-Chieh King
Eli Shih ... (as Yi-nan Shih)
Chao-ming Wang Chao-ming Wang
Wen-hsi Chen Wen-hsi Chen
Doze Niu ... (as Niu Cheng-tse)
Hsueh-Liang Pu
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Ko-cheng Chang Ko-cheng Chang
Ming-Git Choi Ming-Git Choi
Chen-ta Chou
Chia-lin Chu Chia-lin Chu
Wen-cheng Hsu Wen-cheng Hsu
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An attractive and successful doctor places a personal ad in a newspaper to try to meet (and eventually marry) Mr. Right. A succession of blind dates ensues, featuring men who are lonely, desperate, dangerous and perverted.

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Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Romance

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »
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Country:

Taiwan

Language:

Mandarin

Release Date:

9 October 1999 (Malaysia) See more »

Also Known As:

Heiratskandidaten See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$5,870, 14 January 2001

Gross USA:

$20,267
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Sound Mix:

Dolby SR

Color:

Color
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It's a jungle out there
16 July 2006 | by sangepengyouSee all my reviews

It's a jungle out there… The Personals is a movie for anyone who hasn't yet found what they're looking for or who remembers how tough it can be to find it. Rene Liu plays an eye doctor who's become disaffected with her present life and is craving something more— namely love and marriage. She's attractive, has a good job, and a decent apartment. Up until now she has done everything she's supposed to do, but it just hasn't worked for her. She's still alone. Now, she decides to take the extreme measure of advertising for a husband in the personals. The search leads her down the slippery slope of the modern dating scene whose universal quirkiness transcends the boundaries of all industrialized societies.

As a parade of diverse characters respond to the ad from obnoxious to bizarre to tragically pathetic (old coots, odd birds, pervs, nerds, frauds, conmen and salesmen), she starts to wonder if her standards are too high? And, watching the film you have to wonder…Do you have to settle for what's there and what you may not want because of social expectations? In Hollywood's hands, this little film would have become a relentless string of crude and infantile jokes and sight gags contrived to make us groan, but instead, this Taiwanese tale serves us up a quietly understated, poignantly humorous look at the dating scene. No matter where the film might have been set, you're sure to hear a ring of truth to it. At one time or another, we've all been there— whether we like to admit it or not.

Might be a little slow paced for some, but, on the whole, a solid little film with which most people will find something to identify. And, whether shy, bewildered, desperate, panicked, or outraged, Liu's performance is surprisingly sympathetic and often quite engaging.


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