Since 2007, the Hong Kong health authority has implemented an anti-smoking law that bans people from smoking in all indoor areas, including work places, public places, restaurants, and karaoke lounges. This pushes office smokers to take their cigarette breaks outdoors in the street. Smokers from the same building are gradually bonded and form a new community known as "Hot Pot Pack" as they would gather around a trash bin with an ashtray, sharing small talk with raunchy jokes like they are at a hot pot dinner.
Jimmy (Shawn Yue) is a mild mannered, sneaky and smooth advertising executive in his twenties. While smoking in an alley packed with booming loudmouth co-workers and sharing explicit gossip and horror stories, he befriends a misfit cosmetics salesgirl Cherie (Miriam Yeung) who also likes to light up. And awkward romance soon blossoms amidst the anxiety of their nicotine rush. As they become more attracted to each other they also find themselves moving farther away from their regular "hot pot pack" into their own private alley, where their conversations suggest more emotional depths, covering the collision of reality and delightfully trivial matters of the bizarre people around them. Add Synopsis In Portuguese
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The game of courting. The game of texting or sms. All those games that couples or want to be couples play in the hunt for a meaningful relationship. This film coming out in 2010 features a lot of the technology which would be considered ancient now. The invention of FaceTime and portable cameras and vending machines that have cigarettes. It shows how far we've come and it's only been eight years. What would another ten bring?
The story itself was okay, it flowed very well. Nothing was forced and I think that was key. If you force these characters to be together then there's a better chance this doesn't feel as natural as it should which would downgrade the romance a bit. This was a more realistic approach about how friends end up becoming something more than just friends.
My only gripe was it was mostly all about the chase. There was no time to showcase what happened after. I felt kinda cheated but in the same way, it ended well and apparently there are sequels which I haven't seen yet but on it's own, it gets the job done.