Posts Tagged ‘Comedy’
South Korea deserves a little love at the 2010 Terracotta Far East Film Festival and Stoo did indeed take the chance to take IN the 2008 comedy/musical. More on it below: After suddenly quitting his job, Kim Jin-Hyeok (Ju Ji-Hun) decides to open a fancy cake shop called "Antique", much to the surprise to his family as Jin-Hyeok openly hates anything sweet! His reasofor doing it though is to lure beautiful women into his shop so he can chat them up. He hires a highly talented pâtissier who also happens to be a "Gay Demonic Charm", his looks and talent entices men, gay or straight! The team soon grows with a young boxer with a healthy appetite for cakes becomes their assistant. Everyone soon discovers a piece of Jin-Hyeok's past when his family bodyguard turns up to look after him "The 4 Tasty Guys" business rockets, but there is a subtly brewing storm which takes you an unexpected direction... Min Kyu-dong (Memento Mori) delivers a great, heartfelt comedy with musical montages and many delicious desserts that I won't even attempt to spell. Based on a Japanese Manga entitled "Antique Bakery" (which has also spawned a Japanese television series) and this movie is also being touted as one of the most successful Korean movies ever made. It's not all sunshine and lollypops however as there is a subplot of missing children turning up dead and our lead Jin-Hyeok struggles to sleep after continually being haunted by nightmare creatures (Ed Note: Sounds like a multi-mood experience a la Hong Kong then!) It might not be a film for the blokes and don't recommend this movie to your football buddies over the latest Tony Jaa action piece! But, ladies (along with their man?) taste and enjoy! [Ed. Note; Podcast on Fire travel to various Festivals across the United Kingdom to provide reviews for our audience. We would like to thank Terracotta Far East Film Festival for their valuable time and effort put into this festival and support for Podcast on Fire]
Plot: Ah Dan (Robert Mak) is a delivery boy who being challenged by billionaire business man Mr. Cui Tung-Sing (Chen Kuan-Tai). They have made an agree if Ah Dan and his mates could steal the billionaires rolls royce they can keep it, but no sell it. But if they loose they need to fork over $50,000 to Mr. Cui Ah Dan and his three mates Ho Guan (Chin Siu-Ho), Cuttlefish (Chiang Kam) and Superman. Attempt to come up with clever schemes to steal the car from Cui. The plans go from dressing up as a woman crying over her dead cow to pretending to kill a group of security guards and throwing their limbs and heads around. Heck one of the so called 'guards' ends up writing 'Take Care, Farewell' with his own guts. But they still managed to be out done by Mr. Cui. With only two days left the gang are running out of hope and luck! Review: Rolls, Rolls, I Love You is a fun loving wacky comedy which is rather amusing after you get past how dated the movie is. What I mean is the terrible disco/arcade game sound effects and music. Another thing that will stand out is Robert Mak's jeans! I still feel ill thinking about it. Chin Siu-Ho also is sporting his crazy perm and Chiang Kam even looks like Velma from the Scooby Doo gang. The film does have it's comical moments with the gangs attempt to steal the RR but Chen Kuan-Tai always out smarting them, he goes to the length of having 5 identical cars sent out on the streets of Hong Kong to help confuse the young men. Guest appearances? Well we have veteran actor Ho Pak-Kwong playing Chen Kuen-Tai's driver who turns out to be a pervert. Walter Tso makes an appearance as a angry farmer and then uses the group to plough his field instead of his cows. Also cock eyed To Siu-ming and veteran actor Sai Gwa-pao make brief appearances as workers in a cafe to who think that Robert Mak and the gang are planning to rob it. Final thoughts, not bad movie. If your looking for Kung fu this ain't it, Chin Siu-Ho and Chen Kuan-Tai don't do jack! There is NO action in this movie. It's just a wacky comedy.
Plot (HKFlix): Slipper (Jackie Chan), Landlord (Michael Hui) and Octopus (Louis Koo) is a 'dream team' of "Thieving Musketeers". They are like a bullet out of a gun whenever an opportunity for a heist comes. However, rape and pillage is out of the question, as their principle is never to intentionally hurt anyone. Man Yee, sole heiress to the distinguished Ding Family's fortunes, has given birth to a boy - Matthew. However, he is snatched away by Man Yee's ex-boyfriend Max (Terence Yin), who in a state of jealous delusion, thinks Matthew is his own flesh-and-blood. An unfortunate accident leads to Max's untimely death. Max's father, a mafia boss is out to take revenge, but more importantly, to regain custody of his 'grandson'. A reward of 30 million for the kidnapping of a tiny tod sounds like an offer that the thieving trio cannot refuse. However, one thing snowballs into another, landing everyone into a moral dilemma and a dangerous quandary. And adorable Matthew has made his way into everyone's heart, so they have to choose between the ransom and their conscience. Review: When this project was first announced the movie was entitled “Project BB” and the trio of thieves were going to be Jackie Chan, Sammo Hung & Yuen Biao. This sent the internet community into a fit in the hope that there could be one last movie starring “The Three Brothers”, plans soon changed with Eric Tsang replacing Sammo. Plans changed again when the trio of thieves were changed to Jackie Chan, Michael Hui & Louis Koo and the film was renamed “Rob-B-Hood”. With the new cast and new title, it obviously killed some of the momentum that the film was gaining. The film is great, I laughed, I nearly cried and I shouted “Kick his ass!” at the TV on two occasions. The cast was flawless, the guest appearances we’re great and the cameo appearances from Daniel Wu and a stammering Nicholas Tse were just priceless. Now many Michael Hui fans will be let down by this flick since Hui is only really in 1/3 of the entire movie. They’ve chosen the right character, because Hui’s character ‘Landlord’ was a boring guy really. I have nothing against Michael Hui, oh, no, no I respect him immensely. Comparing his character with the unlucky gambler and the womanizing playboy, he’s a bit of a dull one. Yuen Biao co-stars in the flick as a police inspector ‘Steven Mok’, his character was friends with Thongs when they were in School together, but now on opposite sides of the law he tends to over look some of Thongs flaws. There is a great scene where Steven goes to Thongs apartment which is filled with debt collectors, triad lackeys, Octopus’s pregnant wife, Thong’s crush Melody and the baby. Confused by the amount of house guests Thongs tries to play some of them off as his cousins. Soon as Stevens back is turned the Triads and Debt Collectors lunge for Thongs! Part of what makes this such a great film for the hard core HK cinema fans is seeing Yuen Biao and Jackie Chan together on screen. That said, his talents felt wasted, and his appearance comes off as a little forced. The role he played was just not important enough. The biggest disappointment is having one of the best climactic showdowns to come out of a HK film in a long time, and having Yuen Biao show up when its all over. However, we do get a little taste in the middle of the film with some limited action from Biao. But when its all said and done, it almost felt like a tease. Probably only the only joy kills in the movie is the CGI. Now I know CGI was only used in scenes where it wasn’t humanly possible for a child, but it still looks pretty naff. Some CG shots of baby Mathew strangely look two dimensional. I even think there was a blue a screen of Jackie running with the basket, but why wouldn’t he use a blue screen, if he actually went and done that stunt and it goes wrong this would have been Jackie’s last movie! Trust me the CGI is the only thing that spoils the movie, the rest of it can possible be the best action comedy of 2006. The cast is excellent. However, as good at the film is, if it had stayed a three bothers film, it would have been so much better. Perhaps having Yuen Biao, Sammo Hung, and Jackie as the three thieves would have been too obvious. So in this reviewers humble opinion, and with all due respect to Louis Koo, it would have been great to see Yuen Biao in Koo's place, and Sammo in Yuen's place as the cop. The idea of pairing Jackie and Yuen, and then having Sammo as the third wheel works so well(See Wheels on Meals, or Dragons Forever). The film is wonderful, but having our beloved trio together again would have made it a true classic. Guest appearances? As I mentioned above Daniel Wu and Nicholas Tse make cameo appearances as security van drivers. Ken Lo (now know as Ken Low) plays a heavy along with Hayama Hiro. Charlene Choi plays Octopus’s long suffering wife, Concory Chan plays Thongs debt collector, Terence Yin makes a quick appearance at the start as Cherrie Yings ex-boyfriend, Andrew Lin plays Cherrie’s current boyfriend, Gao Yuanyuan plays the nurse – Melody, Chen Baoguo plays the father of Terrence Yin’s character. Teresa Carpio plays the nut-bag wife of Michael Hui’s character. Umm other appearances include, Gordon Lam, Joe Cheung, Hui Siu-Hung & probably that I didn’t notice. Final thoughts, a nice light hearted action comedy, the perfect combo. Enjoy! Credit also goes to Jeff Wildman for helping with this review.
Plot: Former secret agent Yue Siu-Bo (Anthony Wong) is now retired and now lives his life as a chiropractor. One day he is confronted by a wheelchair bound man called Rocco (Michael Wong), Rocco suffers from a severed spine which paralyzed his body and this was done deliberately when he was on a mission for the CIA. His mission was to assassinate terrorists who bombed a hotel in the Philippines. What he didn’t know is that an Chinese agent by the name of ‘Tai Chi-Lung’ was sent to stop him. Crippled by Tai Chi-Lung, Rocco seeks revenge on his crippler and he belives that Siu-Bo know’s where he’s hiding. Siu-Bo plays the fool and tells Rocco he’s got the wrong guy. Rocco leaves but he warns him that ‘he’ll be back’. Instead of Rocco returning four of his kung fu fighting henchmen appear in his absence and deliver a firm ass kicking the secret agent. Now kidnapped his two children, Nicky (Stephen Fung) & Natalie (Gillian Chung) must find a way to save their father. Review: Now some background to the characters, Nicky works at an Ocean Park and Nat is student. Both of them were trained in martial arts from Siu-Bo, known it might come in handy one day. Now these kid’s aren’t really on the best of grounds with their dad, they believe all his stories of being a secret agent who fights ninja’s is all a lot of rubbish. But he insists on telling these stories to their friends which is very embarrassing for any teenager. But when ‘Uncle Chiu’ (Wu Ma) informs them about their fathers kidnapping they are stunned to believe that all his stories we’re lies. Rocco presents them an ultimatum. ‘Find Tai Chi-Lung in the next 24 hours and your dad lives’, simple? No! Stephen Fung’s second directed movie. First being the triad miss-match comedy Enter The Phoenix. House of Fury delivers! Now the movie does has it’s flaws, but it is all swept under the carpet thanks to the charming Stephen Fung (He’s really beginning to have a ‘Jackie Chan’ like aura to him now), the eye candy (The Twins) and a very funny chase seen by Daniel Wu and movie veteran Wu Ma. Guest appearance, We’ll Wu Ma returning to the big screen is always a pleasure – Wu Ma is a legend and he flies!! Daniel Wu and Charlene Choi make appearances of the love interests in the movie. Although Wu has a hidden agenda and Choi enjoys screwing with Nicky’s mind. Lau Kar-Ying makes a one second cameo as a taxi driver who gets his cab window smashed by a brick. Stuntman/fighter Jon Foo also makes as appearance as a baddy that Nicky has to fight, strangely enough he looks identical to how he looked in Tom Yum Goong, come on boy get a change of clothes! Final Thoughts a great piece of ‘fluff, Stephen Fung we await the third round!
Plot: Kit Li (Jet Li), body guard of the international martial arts superstar Frankie Long (Jacky Cheung). What nobody knows that Kit is Frankie’s stunt double since Frank spends more time chasing women and drinking booze instead of practicing martial arts. Kit in the past worked in the army, yet he left after he was unable to save his wife from a psychotic terrorist dubbed The Doctor. When attending the shown of a jewellery exhibition, the crazed terrorist group led by The Doctor strike again, but this time Kit and Frankie are there. Kit has no choice but to stop the terrorists with the help of an unlikely group of heroes. Review: Now there is quite a back story to this movie, when you watch it you can obviously tell this movie is set around Jackie Chan. Wong Jing originally wanted Jackie to take upon this role of Franky Long. But after some disagreements, they hire Jet Li as this secret body double to action star who ‘does all his own stunts’, this is obviously being a cheap shot towards Jackie. If you are a Jackie fan easily notice that two characters are identical to Jackie’s real life Father and Manager. Now after clearing that up, the movie also strangely resembles the hit action movie ‘Die Hard’, same basic storylines. Quoted as a 'Chinese Die Hard' I couldn't’t complain with Jet Li at the helm. Just don’t expect him to be running around in a white vest saying 'Welcome to the Party Pal' or the hit catchphrase 'Yippy Kai'Ya Mother ……'. The action in the more is pretty much ‘fast and furious’ with Jet Li and Ben Lam having one heck of spar. I was disappointed that Jet Li never got to go one-on-one with Billy Chow, but hey we can’t have everything. Instead Billy Chow battles Jacky Cheung in an amusing fight sequence. Chingmy Yau plays a supporting actress in this movie as a snoopy reporter who’s discovered that Frankie Long has a secret body double, so she sneaks in to this jewellery exhibition too to try and expose Frankie. Vincent Kok also makes brief appearances at the start of the movie as Yau’s burly camera man. Other appearances include Wu Ma as Frankie’s father, Charlie Cho as Frankie's manager Charlie. Charlie Yeung has role as a member of staff at the hotel that is having constant arguments with her ex-boyfriend Yang Chung-Hsien, a cop who is helping out Kit Li. Final Thoughts, decent movie, great action, slap-stick comedy and Billy Chow in a thong....wait that isn't cool!
Plot: Yan (Cecilia Chung) is a young doctor at Kau Kei-Ho Charity Hospital. The Kau Kei-Ho hospital is in a terrible state, the doctors don't do their job, they choose to help the hardly injured patients rather than the serious ones! When patient was comes in after being struck by lightening the doctors and nurses attempt to unload him onto other departments, but no one wants him! Yan finds the sizzled patient and discovers that he is actually man who owns the hospital 'Sir Kau Kei-Ho'! (Lam Kau) He pleads Yan to turn things around, make the hospital a hospital and not an embarrassment! Unable to change things herself she convinces greasy haired slacker doctor Jim (Jordan Chan) to help. Although Jim admits he won't be able to make any difference with out his old colleague Joe. Joe (Ekin Cheng) left the hospital a few years back, Joe had made a pact with Jim. If the hospital demanded reform, they would resign, so Joe resigned where as Jim said he did but he sent a Christmas Card instead. Since then Joe doesn't want anything to do with weak willed Jim. She chose to become a doctor because Joe & Jim saved her life from appendicitis when she was 14. She promised to marry the doctor that shouted "It's not easy being a doctor!", although due to the anesthetic she can't remember which doctor it was. Yan's intriguing story convinces Joe to return to Kau Kei-Ho, although will the 'highest management' allow it? Review: I have to say I think this films a great comedy, it does kind of feel like a series of sketches but works well. Some movies can pull off the crazy over-the-top gags, this movie can! Were No Bad Guys can't unfortunately, I had a soft spot for that film. Ekin, Jordan & Cecilia make a good trio, heck I think the combination of Lam Suet & Hui Siu-Hung was great! I loved the shot where the shadows they were casting were devils! Heck their characters even had amusing names: Leon Lai & Andy Lau! The deal with the Highest Management is also quite amusing, everyone is scared of them and anyone that takes them on ends up in a stretcher! The only person who seems to have the guts is 'Kau Kei-Ho'. There is an amusing storyline about how Yan saved the live of a choking beggar. The beggar now determined to make Yan love him he goes from being a beggar to a wealthy young Raymond Wong look-a-like! But the only thing that never changes it his crotch itch! Final thoughts a great laugh! Sit back relax, laugh and hopefully you'll enjoy!
Plot: Months after his last months firearms case (aka Fight Back To School 1) Sing (Stephen Chow) and Tat (Ng Man-Tat) are given the choice of where to work. Tat chooses the hardest unit - Regional Crime Unit. Sing laughs saying "If you do Regional Crime Unit, I'll go to the Transport Unit!". Yes, you've guessed it Sing becomes a Traffic Cop. The reason why Tat is taking these risks is to impress his new boss, (Miss) Inspector Wong (Deannie Yip), strangely enough Inspector Wong is head over heals for Tat! Crazy Aint it? Now when random British schools are blown up the police have they're suspicion that the terrorists are coming to Hong Kong. The Police believe that the target is the 'Adam Smith Intercontinental School'. The police want to send Tat in as an undercover with some officers to keep a look out. As for Sing....they are transferring him to Tung Lung Island. Practically a deserted island where there is no traffic! Sing flips out and quits his job. Now Sing signs up for lessons at the college along with some of his friends from Edinburgh College aka Turtle Wong and the crew! So Sing and the crew attend the college to look out for these terrorists. But now he is a rival to the cop's. Tat is undercover as the Head of Discipline and cocky cop Mike (Michael Chow) is undercover as a football student. As you can predict the Adam Smith School is the next target from these ruthless terrorists. Review: Now the other subplots of this movie involve the continuing story of the relationship between Sing and Miss Ho (played by Sharla Cheung), this story line is progressing to their wedding plans and Sing meeting his 'in-laws' for the first time. Another story, Sing develops a crush on a student in his class. I know one minute he's planning his wedding and the next he's eyeing up the lovely Sandy Lai (Athena Chu). But Sing knows what he is doing is wrong and attempts to finish this before it gets serious. Even Turtle Wong gets a girl, he is forced to distract Sandy's sister Jacky (Sarah Lee) but the two end up passionately making out! yes I know... crazy! Notable guest appearances apart from the 'iron lady' Deannie Yip, the late Blacky Ko makes great appearance as a woman beater who gets what's coming to him from both Sing and Tat. James Wong makes a cameo as the class priest who ends up getting smacked by Sing and as a result of this Sing gets crucified! Last but not least Spencer Lam makes a brief appearance as the school's Judo teacher! Flaws? I don't think there are any...maybe if your not a fan of Chow's comedy this might not be the best choice of movie for you, but if your a fan of the first movie you'll laugh this one up! Final thoughts - A fun undercover comedy, which should be a fan favorite to all those Stephen Chow fans.