Love on a Diet

Love on A Diet
Traditional 瘦身男女
Simplified 瘦身男女
Mandarin Shòu Shēn Nán Nǚ
Cantonese Sau3 San1 Naam4 Neoi2
Directed by Johnnie To
Wai Ka-fai
Produced by Johnnie To
Wai Ka-fai
Written by Wai Ka-fai
Yau Nai-hoi
Starring Andy Lau
Sammi Cheng
Music by Cacine Wong
Cinematography Cheng Siu-Keung
Edited by Law Wing-cheung
Wong Wing-ming
Distributed by China Star Entertainment Group
Release dates
21 June 2001 (2001-06-21)
Running time
95 minutes
Country Hong Kong
Language Cantonese
Box office HK$40,435,886

Love on a Diet (Chinese: 瘦身男女) is a 2001 Hong Kong romantic comedy film produced and directed by Johnnie To and Wai Ka-fai, starring Andy Lau and Sammi Cheng.

The film reunites Lau and Cheng, who last paired up in 2000's Needing You.... For their roles, both actors play obese characters and had to wear fatsuits with prosthetic makeup.


Mini Mo (Sammi Cheng) is a Hong Kong resident living in Japan. She suffers from depression, low self-esteem and a binge eating disorder – the result which sees her suffers from extreme obesity. A failed suicide attempt causes her to meet Fatso (Andy Lau), a Hong Kong salesman working in Japan who is also obese.

Mini sticks with Fatso everywhere, and although initially vexed by Mini, Fatso discovers the reason behind her depression. Mini cannot forget her former boyfriend, Kurokawa, who is now a world-famous pianist. Ten years ago, the two had pledged to meet at the foot of Yokohama Marine Tower on the night of their break-up. Mini is fearful of meeting Kurokawa in her present size. Touched by her story and her sweet nature, Fatso promises to whip her back into shape.

After trying desperate means of losing weight (such as swallowing tapeworms and exercising to Dance Dance Revolution), Mini finally sheds pounds. But Fatso finds his funds running low. To earn enough to finance Mini's weight-loss programs, he opens a boxing gig on the streets allowing on-lookers to punch him to vent their pent-up frustrations. He next enrolls Mini on an expensive weight-loss program, which proves to be very successful. Mini regains her former slim and pretty look.

On the night of her reunion with Kurokawa, Fatso drops Mini off at Tokyo Tower and she meets up with former beau under the gazing eyes of the local media. The pair are interviewed by a local network, but Mini notices another broadcast featuring Fatso's street boxing gig. She finally realizes how much Fatso has sacrificed himself for her and is moved to tears. Turning to apologize to Kurokawa, she leaves hastily.

Months later, Mini publishes a bestseller on dieting, and finds a slimmed-down Fatso carrying her book in a park. The two kiss, promising never to leave each other again.


Awards and nominations

Awards and nominations
Ceremony Category Recipient Outcome
21st Hong Kong Film Awards Best Film Love on a Diet Nominated
Best Director Johnnie To, Wai Ka-fai Nominated
Best Actor Andy Lau Nominated
Best Actress Sammi Cheng Nominated
Best Screenplay Wai Ka-fai, Yau Nai-hoi Nominated
Best Original Film Song Song: Beautiful for Life (終身美麗)

Composer: Keith Chan Fai-young
Lyricist: Lin Xi
Singer: Sammi Cheng

38th Golden Horse Awards Best Actor Andy Lau Nominated
7th Golden Bauhinia Awards Best Actor Andy Lau Nominated
Best Actress Sammi Cheng Nominated


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