A fun, ridiculous romantic comedy
J. T. Steinchen | Seattle, WA United States | 04/30/2005
(4 out of 5 stars)
"This is the film Stephen Chow directed before Shaolin Soccer. Do not get it if you want "kung fu" hilarity. That being said, this movie made me laugh out loud a number of times. Stephen Chow plays a desperate extra/actor who can't get a scene to save his life. He works at a Neighborhood Welfare House, and in his spare time, gives free acting lessons. Of course, these lessons are hilarious, as he attempts to teach a young wannabe Triad gang member how to act tough when collecting money, and also an expensive call girl how to act virginal and like she's still in college. There are alot of funny scenes, including a hilarious spoof of John Woo films and a cameo by Jackie Chan. I recommend it if you like Stephen Chow's comedy bits in Shaolin Soccer and Kung Fu Hustle! The subtitles are a bit tough at times, though."
Biography of Stephen Chow
Zhe Hu | IIT, Chicago | 09/15/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This is one of Stephen Chow's best movies. Only second to his "Chinese Odyssey" series, in my opinion.
The whole movie seems like his biography as an actor who started small and because of his "professional spirit" or non-stopping pursue achieved his goal of becoming a "real" actor (actually king of comedy) in the end.
A bit of Cinderella kind of flavor. But the plot is great and the pace of story-telling is compelling. Though the ending is a little bit too hasty, it is very moving."
Not as usual for Stephen Chow movie....
Merler Elena | Lago di Como - ITALY | 06/04/2003
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Not as funny as movies like 'Royal tramp', 'The God of cookery' or 'Shaolin Soccer', but in the end a good comedy. Stephen Chow is funny and sexy as always (and he is NOT getting old!) and Ng Man Tat does a great job too. They are one of the best 'couple' in the cinema industry (watch 'All for the winner' and '60 million dollar man'). I don't like the character acted by Karen Mok (too nasty for her, I think) but she is one of the best HK actress. A thumbs up for Ceclia Cheung. You can also enjoy a few seconds Jackie Chan's cameo. As for a technic comment there's no doubt this is a well made movie, the picture is clear (no special effects)."