Panorama Entertainment | China Star | One Hundred Years of Film | Icon Pictures Limited | Go Film Distribution Ltd.
Clifton Ko Chi Sum, Denise Ho Wan Si, Jo Koo, Tats Lau, Bey Logan, Tin Kai Man,
Danny Lee, Matt Chow, Hocc Ho
Executive Producer: Chan Hing Kai, Louis Koo, Amy Chen
Writer: Chan Hing Kai, Frankie Chung Director: Dante Lam, Chan Hing Kai
Genre: Comedy | Drama Rating: III Length: 121 minutes Released: October 30th 2003
John (Eason Chan) and Andy (Louis Koo) are laid off from their jobs at a publishing
company, and decide to become publishing entrepreneurs. The two most profitable
publishing ventures are textbooks and pornography. This being a commercial movie,
with the word 'naked' in the title, you can guess which they choose. However, although
this film has been touted as a comedy about the porn business, it has more to do with
the sex trade itself. See, the pair's Passion magazine doesn't model itself on the
Penthouse/Hustler formula, it's actually more of a guide to the brothels, massage parlors,
and strip clubs of Hong Kong. Along the way, Louis and Eason partake in the swinger
lifestyle, cheating on their girlfriends with hookers such as the aptly named Josie Ho (as
Tess Chow), Niki Chow (as Kiki) and Jo Koo (playing the annoying 'Titty Bird').
Besides not being especially entertaining, Naked Ambition is an immature and rather
offensive film. Seeing Josie Ho and Denise Ho Wan Si in explicit sexual situations is not
such a shock, because they like it freaky in real life; but it's kind of sad to see otherwise
wholesome actresses such as Niki Chow demean themselves by playing brainless
prostitutes. As usual, luscious nymph Cherrie Ying Choi Yi is completely wasted,
with only minimal screen time.
The similarity of this movie to 2001's La Brassiere, also starring Louis Koo, can be
explained by the fact that it was also directed by Chan Hing Kai. Chan has cast the
handsome, wooden actor in every single one of his self-directed movies (five in total,
to date). Naked Ambition is maybe a mediocre film at best. If you want to see a good
movie about hookers, watch Golden Chicken starring Sandra Ng.
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