One Night Stud (Film Review)

Not the most savory name… but anyway.


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Characters:

  • Jiang Yi Yan as Zuo Xiao Xin
  • Ryan Cheng as Zha Yi
  • Yu Xiao as Er Tiao
  • Yu Jia Meng as Shi San

Details:

  • Chinese
  • Release date: Feb. 6, 2015
  • Running time:105 minutes
  • Language: Mandarin

Quick Rundown:

Zuo Xiao Xin is an independent female architect who wants a baby but with no husband involved. After a series of bad candidates she finally finds perfection in popular TV host Zha Yi, who also happens to be a total playboy. As life would have it, Zha Yi is equally interested in Xiao Xin, mostly because of her wild personality. Xiao Xin successfully gets pregnant, but she has no intention of involving the baby’s father. Zha Yi, on the other hand, is determined to win her over – because he has become the laughstock of the nation – and complete the family. Who will win?

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ESTELLE’S TAKE

I want to start off by saying this is an incredibly strange story and you should probably prepare yourself for all sorts of crazy before clicking on that play button. There were no lack of scenes that made me go “wha?” and “huh?” but overall the plot made sense and the characters were mostly believable. I think what I enjoyed the most was the concept of a man wanting to take responsibility. Despite having the wrong intentions at the very beginning, Zha Yi quickly turned over a new leaf and really made an effort to be present, at least for his son. I thought that was a nice touch, even though I know this is a romcom after all and we need the two main characters to get together.

The acting is about right, but both leads have been around for a while so they know the drill. Since this is a comedy, there was a lot of over exaggeration which they were able to deal with. A part of me feels like Ryan Cheng is just doing what he always does, so if you are into that, then you won’t be disappointed for sure. The rest of the cast weren’t spectacular but neither were they bad. I guess what I’m trying to say is nobody is bringing home an award for this.

Although I do like the heart of the story, I’m not sure I ever really fell in love with the characters. While the love line is not forced, it is also not developed. In other words, there are no cutesy moments and no declarations of love and no clear reasons why these two are a good match aside from completing the family.

Should you watch it? I wouldn’t put it at the top of your list, but it is definitely better than Golden Brothers. It is a fairly brainless movie so you don’t need to think too hard or pay attention to every detail. What I would recommend though, is to be careful of who you watch it with; there is a fairly suggestive scene in the beginning. This is no Fated to Love You (Korean Version) so there is no animation to replace you-know-what.

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This & That:

  • Jiang Yi Yan started off in Beijing Dance Academy and later enrolled in Beijing Film Academy. She landed a role in the film One Summer with You while in college. After graduation, she starred in Nanking! Nanking!, a film made to commemorate the seventy year anniversary of the Nanking Massacre. She will appear next in San Shao Ye De Jian, a 3-D wuxia movie. 
  • Ryan Zheng graduated from the prestigious Shanghai Theatre Academy and shot to fame almost immediately in series such as Princess Single Blind Date in Mind with Jimmy Lin, Go La La Go! with Wang Luo Dan, and Go Yi Yi Go with Wallace Huo. He has also gained a lot of popularity in the Chinese version of Running Man. Most recently, he was in Fleet of Time/Cong Cong Na Nian the movie. His role? The rebellious Zhao Ye.
  • This movie was the first of its kind in China. The production asked the public to view it with discretion.
  • Here’s the full subbed version on Youtube.

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