"Although it lacks the polish and CGI of his latest efforts, "Shaolin Soccer" and "Kung Fu Hustle," this movie was still hugely entertaining, especially if you like Chow's "moleitau" (nonsense humor).
Chow plays Star Chow, a cop who goes undercover as a student in order to find a missing gun. He is understandably annoyed, shouting at his senior, "I wanted to be a cop so I didn't have to go to school anymore!" He gets to display a huge range of hilarious, pissed-off expressions. Plot is thin, but who cares: this movie is, after all, just a stage for Chow to show off his impeccable comic timing, slapstick, and nonsense humor. The familiar supporting cast is also strong.
Chow has to deal with a myriad of things as an undercover at school: professors that throw chalkboard erasers at him, student gangs and cliques, homework, tests, girls, etc. This is great comic material and Chow rises to the occasion admirably. There's a hilarious scene where he cheats on his Chinese history test by calling up the police station and asking the chief to give him the answers.
This movie is not as accessible to Western audiences as Chow's latest movies "Shaolin Soccer and Kung Fu Hustle." It is still a very funny movie with lots of slapstick, but a lot of it is verbal comedy. It's a lot funnier if you understand Cantonese because a lot of the comedy comes from Cantonese slang and Chow's intonation. However, I've shown this movie to friends who don't understand Cantonese at all and they have all loved it.
Bottom line: One of Chow's best. This movie is a good example of why audiences love Chow and why he was one of the biggest HK box-office draws in the 90s (he still is a big box office draw). He oozes winning charisma and charm. Laugh-out-loud funny. Highly recommended."
"I give this mobile phone to you. Do call me."
morgoth | omaha, NE | 03/27/2007
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Stephen Chow stars as a police officer who goes undercover at the Edinburg College to recover the Chief Inspector's gun. While the story may not seem like the greatest, Chow's brilliant comedy is on full dispay and the movie is very well directed by Gordan Chan. After seeing this, I can't think of a better story than Stephen Chow being in school acting as an 18 year old. It works better than you could ever imagine, mainly because this isn't you typical Wong Jing type of movie, though he did help to write the script and also produced the movie. The great acting and directing combined with the comedy is what makes this so great. Not just for fans of Hong Kong Cinema, it's for anyone who likes to laugh. I fell out of my chair a few times. Chow is never really looking for the gun so the plot kind of drags, but it's still a lot of fun, and the story comes together by the end.
I could have used more action. and that is the only thing I was disappointed in. The fights come in spurts about 30 seconds long and are fast and furious, just not long enough.
Fight Back to School part 2 is an even better movie, but part 1 is a classic as well.
One of my favorite Stephen Chow films!!!
B. M Sullivan | New York, NY United States | 04/30/2006
(4 out of 5 stars)
"This and some other classics by Stephen Chow blow away his recent movies Shaolin Soccer and Kung Fu Hustle. Don't expect the same type of action though as this is on of his true slapstick style comedies without all the new fangled hollywood special effects.
I own the VCD version, so I can't comment on the DVD version, but I recommend anyone who appreciates a good laugh to get this flick."
Very funny if you understand his language
B. M Sullivan | 06/20/2000
(4 out of 5 stars)
"This is actually a very funny film after all. The way this film represents students is almost correct. The main character played the major role among his peers on tricking the faculties. Some methods he uses in the movie are just hilarious and crazy. But sometimes the degree of their tricks got really dangerous. I would recommend this comedy for mature audiences."
One of his funniest
Physicsmind | CA United States | 07/12/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Fight Back to School is an excellent series: I II and III. Each is as good as the other. If you can get the NON Dubbed version with original Cantonese audio and English Subtitles, by all means watch that one--the dubbed is horrible! However, the Cantonese version DVD has many trouble playing on my computer and dvd player. VCD is easier to play on every dvd rom or player, quality is not bad at all."