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The story: Chow, as a Chinese fairy, believes that things are not set
by god, so he was sent to the "earth" to prove that he is correct. His
mission is to change the "fixed" lives of 3 people: a woman who is
dedicated to be a pros for 9 lives, a man who is dedicated to be a
beggar for 9 lives and a man who is dedicated to be a gangster for 9
lives. However he loses his magical powers on "earth" but only has a
bamboo fan which can fulfill 3 wishes a day.
The camera angles are comparatively special among Hong Kong films on the releasing year. Chow's character is good-heated and has a encouraging spirit. It is earnestly filmed, and there is no dirty jokes or whatsoever stupid.
I watch a lot of Hong Kong movies. When I bought this one, I didn't
realize that the version I bought did not have English subtitles. I
watched it in Mandarin, with no subtitles, and I still found it quite
entertaining! Stephen Chow is a comedic genius who transcends language.
The basic theme, of a fairy from heaven who comes to earth, can be found in his other movies as well. In the fairy's life as a human, we understand more about ourselves. Stephen Chow has good insight into human character, motivation, and what is essential to a good life.
His earnest desire to make other peoples' lives better is reflected in the fates of his three "subjects".
Stephen Chow plays an angel-type being in this movie, in where he bets the
other people in Heaven that he can change the ways of 3 misguided souls
make them better people.
Ressurected as a monk, he must stop a prostitute, a beggar, and an all around bad guy from being what they are (and have been for generations). To add to all of this, he must do this in 3 Heaven days!!!
Typical fare for the most part, saved by some very funny situations and some terrific effects! The beauty contest ending is worth the wait... Is it the best one joke film ever made?
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