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Film Review: YOLO (熱辣滾燙) (2024) - China

Andrew Chan

Film Review: YOLO (熱辣滾燙) (2024) - China

Reviewed by Andrew Chan (Film Critics Circle of Australia)


YOLO (熱辣滾燙) is a Chinese comedy-drama film directed by Jia Ling, starring Jia Ling and Lei Jiayin, which serves as a comedic adaptation of the acclaimed 2014 Japanese film "100 Yen Love." The story revolves around Du Leying, a woman who has spent years confined to her home, but her life takes an unexpected turn when she encounters boxing coach Hao Kun. From there, Du Leying embarks on a transformative journey, facing and overcoming various challenges while discovering her strength and resilience.

Jia Ling's direction and screenplay showcase her talent for balancing humor and drama. The film seamlessly weaves together lighthearted comedic moments and poignant dramatic scenes, creating a narrative that both entertains and touches the audience's hearts. Jia Ling's portrayal of Du Leying is exceptional, capturing the character's growth from a timid and introverted individual to a courageous and empowered woman. Lei Jiayin brings charisma and depth to the role of Hao Kun, complementing Jia Ling's performance and creating a compelling on-screen chemistry.

Beyond its comedic moments and engaging performances, YOLO explores profound themes of personal growth, resilience, and the importance of human connections. It inspires viewers to break free from their comfort zones, embrace new opportunities, and live life to the fullest. The film serves as a reminder that we only have one life to live and encourages us to seize the moment.


In conclusion, YOLO is a heartwarming and inspiring Chinese comedy-drama that captivates audiences with its well-crafted storytelling, exceptional performances, and visually stunning presentation. Jia Ling's directorial prowess shines through in this comedic adaptation, delivering a film that entertains, uplifts, and leaves a lasting impression. YOLO is a testament to the power of cinema to touch our hearts and remind us of the beauty and possibilities that lie in embracing life's challenges.


I rated it 9/10


Reviewed in Cinemas, Hong Kong

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