Hong Kong ad man Ching (John Shum) is recruited by an old friend to boost the rating of a tv game show in Taiwan. After discovering a child with psychic abilities, he sets up a televised ... See full summary »

Directors:

, (uncredited)

Writers:

(novel), (novel) | 2 more credits »
Reviews
1 nomination. See more awards »
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Action | History | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

When a scroll containing valuable martial arts secrets is stolen from the Emperor, an army detachment is sent to recover it. Blademaster, a young martial arts expert, accidentally ends up ... See full summary »

Directors: Siu-Tung Ching, King Hu, and 4 more credits »
Stars: Samuel Hui, Cecilia Yip, Jacky Cheung
Green Snake (1993)
Drama | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

Two snake spirits become human and learn about love and suffering. A monk discovers his own weaknesses and finds that morality is not as simple as he had thought.

Director: Hark Tsui
Stars: Maggie Cheung, Joey Wang, Wenzhuo Zhao
Action | Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

The spoilt son of a millionaire finds the love of his life, but she will only accept him if he proves himself as a kung-fu master. He enters and wins the "Kung-Fu Scholar" tournament, ... See full summary »

Director: Gordon Chan
Stars: Stephen Chow, Sharla Cheung, Man-Tat Ng
Action
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

This big hit at the Sundance Film Festival had audiences cheering. Set during the Ming Dynasty, this acclaimed production tells the story of a power hungry eunuch who employs an evil sect ... See full summary »

Directors: Raymond Lee, Siu-Tung Ching, and 1 more credit »
Stars: Tony Ka Fai Leung, Brigitte Lin, Maggie Cheung
Action | Comedy | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

An incompetent 007-wannabe is sent to locate a stolen dinosaur skull.

Directors: Stephen Chow, Lik-Chi Lee
Stars: Stephen Chow, Anita Yuen, Pauline Chan
Seung sing (2006)
Crime | Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

A detective helps a friend investigate the mysterious death of his father.

Directors: Wai-Keung Lau, Alan Mak
Stars: Tony Chiu-Wai Leung, Takeshi Kaneshiro, Qi Shu
Dei ha tit (2003)
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

Ming a marriage consultant who runs into the charming but blind Yeuk through a little help of a guardian angel. The wheel of fortune is set in motion after the lonesome Ming discovers that ... See full summary »

Director: Joe Ma
Stars: Tony Chiu-Wai Leung, Miriam Chin Wah Yeung, Chen Chang
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

Pao Lung-Sing, a descendant of the famous Judge Pao Ching Tient, is a 9th degree corrupt judge (lowest degree) who changes his tune when he tries to champion a woman Chi Siu-Lin, who was ... See full summary »

Director: Jing Wong
Stars: Stephen Chow, Sharla Cheung, Man-Tat Ng
Action | Adventure | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  

Fantasy adventure about the arrival of Buddhism in China. When the Goddess of Happiness tosses the Longevity Monk and his disciples out of heaven (because the Monkey King tried to attain ... See full summary »

Director: Jeffrey Lau
Stars: Stephen Chow, Man-Tat Ng, Kar-Ying Law
Wui wan ye (1995)
Comedy | Fantasy | Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

A cast of new faces and old favorites to take on ghostbusting in a film full of both laughs and thrills.

Director: Jeffrey Lau
Stars: Stephen Chow, Karen Mok, Ka-Yan Leung
Action | Adventure | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  

The convoluted continuation of the adventures of the time-traveling, now-human Monkey King, who attempts to fulfill his divine destiny.

Director: Jeffrey Lau
Stars: Stephen Chow, Man-Tat Ng, Athena Chu
Comedy | Action
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

The movie is set in chaotic 1920's China, when warlords fought each other for power while Sun Yat-Sen's underground movement tried to establish a democratic republic. The movie tells the ... See full summary »

Director: Hark Tsui
Stars: Brigitte Lin, Sally Yeh, Cherie Chung
Edit

Cast

Credited cast:
...
Wang Yisheng
John Sham ...
Ching
Lin Yang ...
TV show hostress
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Koon-Chung Chan
...
Lanky Ngai (as Shih Chieh King)
Wei-Fei Chu ...
(as Jue Wai Fei)
Sing Fong Wong ...
Child chess king
Shan-Chun Hung
Tian-Lu Li ...
Grandfather of child chess king
Rui-Kun Shen
...
Chung
Edit

Storyline

Hong Kong ad man Ching (John Shum) is recruited by an old friend to boost the rating of a tv game show in Taiwan. After discovering a child with psychic abilities, he sets up a televised chess tournament between the boy and a power hungry champion. However, as the competition heats up, many ethical and moral issues begin to surface within this market and media driven environment. At the same time, Ching reminisces about his faithful encounter with a tragic chess master (Tony Leung Ka Fai) during the turbulent days of the Cultural Revolution in 1960s China.

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Plot Keywords:

based on novel | See All (1) »

Genres:

Drama

Edit

Details

Country:

|

Language:

|

Release Date:

25 September 1992 (Hong Kong)  »

Also Known As:

King of Chess  »

Filming Locations:

 »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Color:

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Tsui Hark finished the film after the original director (Yim Ho) left the project. Yim Ho and Tsui Hark had some serious on-the-set issues with each other and has disowned the film ever since. See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Uses Symbolism to Tell It's Story
9 July 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

To some people "King of Chess" may seem like another melodramatic Tony Leung outing, but below the surface it's a deep film that is in a way a political satire that uses symbolism to tell it's story. This film is actually two stories in one; one being the main story of a child prodigy who can predict the future and utilizes this to play perfect chess, the second being the flashbacks of Ching (John Sham) who is reminded of his tumultuous past during the Cultural Revolution of the late 60's where he knew of another wise King of Chess and the mass movement and malnourishment of people led to the eating of snakes, cats and violence amongst friends. When the story of the young prodigy unravels as some learn to exploit his powers, the story of time spent in the Cultural Revolution pulls you in to make you constantly want to learn what happened next.

Even though, the film doesn't have the largest amount of excitement you constantly have concern for the people in Ching's past and the sheer emotion in the characters turmoil as the loss of home and family drives some people to sacrifice as the lowly chess master must win the title of King of Chess to regain himself and his past fortune. This is one relatively unknown film that is enjoyable to watch not only because of the story, but because of the sheer fact that you feel as if you become part of these people's story! The climatic finale to this film is not to be taken literally but is a symbolic representation of the characters true interests.


5 of 5 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?