As an elevator pitch – Hong Kong musical corporate satire – Office takes some beating. Sadly, the result is less complex and less bonkers than that logline would suggest.
There are some enjoyably quirky moments and a few early digs at Hong Kong’s obsession with making money, but these become lost in the convolutions of office romance.
The one saving grace is the film’s breathtaking production design. The titular office is a futuristic wireframe skeleton of a corporate HQ, coloured with neon lights and minimalist black and white. It’s a masterpiece alongside director To and DoP Cheng Siu Keung’s stylish aesthetic.
The tunes are a decent if eclectic mix, but Office is just too long and boring to sustain interest. The incredible visuals hold your eye, but your brain is elsewhere.
CAST: Chow Yun Fat, Sylvia Chang, Eason Chan, Wei Tang, Cheung Siu Fai, Yi Zi
DIRECTOR: Johnnie To
WRITER: Sylvia Chang
SYNOPSIS: A satirical musical about a fictional corporate scandal in a Hong Kong company just before the global economic crash.