The opening is rich in promises. The title announces it to be a horror film, which is in vogue this year. As the screaming from Eason Chan turns out to be caused by a stepped-on hand, we know that it is also a comedy that uses seemingly horror scenes for unexpected comic effects. Then Joey Yung makes her entrance and plays a wen su sheng (male lead in Cantonese opera) who, for love, switches to hua dan (female lead) and dies in an accident. Her ghost wants to use the transmigrated Chan for her unfinished business. At that point it also appears to be a love story of predestinated love.
The setting provides Just One Look its two distinctive flavours. First, taking place in the 60s and 70s, it allows not a few plays on the Mandarin, Cantonese and Western movie trends of the time and dressing the characters in nostalgic costumes. Secondly, the locale is Cheung Chau and, in the living details, reminisces on the adolescent ups and downs, father-son love, the cinema, friendship, and of course, the bittersweet first love. It indeed has everything for every age group (those long in the tooth come for the 70s nostalgia, and the teens for Twins and Shawn Yu Man-lok.)
By its title (the Chinese title actually means Mr Cheap), it is easy to take it as one of those catering to the greatest denominator, Wong Jing type of picking girls movie. Whether you go, or refuse to go, into the cinema with this notion in mind, you will be greatly surprised - the movie ends up as a inspiring movie and more! It is also an introspective and redemption movie on our common character and culture!