Trying to top the success of his first single, Show Lo’s second single “Come Back Baby” instead got turned into a ten minute-long music video slash short film starring himself and Golden Horse award-winning actress Nikki Hsieh. Lo plays a kindhearted and deaf gangster who’s in charge of picking up ‘the goods’ as they call it in the gangster world, while Hsieh plays his girlfriend, a police officer. Hsieh betrays him by taking his USB while making out with him, and turns it in to the police, while Lo in the end decides to forgive her. However before he was able to reach her, he was kidnapped by his underworld buddies and didn’t live to tell the tale.
The “Come Back Baby” itself is just a nondescript and generic Mandopop ballad; pleasant on the ear and lapped up by audiences who have nothing better to listen to. Nothing much to it, just a normal strings arrangement and Show passionately singing his heart out as usual.
The music video/short film for “Come Back Baby” unfortunately was not a hit for me, as it was basically a ten-minute excuse to show the two hot young thangs getting it on with lots of passionate kissing, mad fumbling and Lo writing on Hsieh’s back. I know you’re deaf mate, but you realise the only way she’s going to be able to read it is by looking in a mirror, meaning all the characters will be reversed? Obviously not a very smart gangster. Anyway, there were several inconsistencies in the storyline and many unnecessary segments. At the beginning, Show picks up a cat and brings it home to show that he’s a ‘kindhearted gangster’ which had already been clearly shown in the previous scene. The cat never appears again except for an ambient shot of it padding around their lovebird’s flat. The carwash scene which depicted Luo and Hsieh passionately kissing in the car was to me just another excuse for titillating audiences, and held no meaning to the story whatsoever. I also feel that the fact that Luo’s character was deaf was just a half-baked excuse for the crew to not use sound throughout the whole movie, which really made audiences feel detached and uninterested. He’s already a kind-hearted gangster, why would you make him deaf too? Also for the record, Taiwanese policewomen wearing fluorescent vests-not a hot choice. Try for plainclothes officer and even that would have taken less resources AND looked more aesthetically pleasing.
Overall, “Come Back Baby” short film and song were not my cup of tea. On location sound is extremely important to any film for building emotion and suspense, and the production team were absolute fools for taking it out of the equation.
Review Score: 4 out of 10
Come Back Baby is available on iTunes Australia