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Forbidden City Cop (1996)
"Dai lap mat tam 008" (original title)

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A wild and hilariously anachronistic tale of an imperial guard of the Forbidden City who has no martial arts abilities but a talent for making futuristic machines and must save the kidnapped emperor.


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Credited cast:
Ling Ling Fat (as Chiau Sing Chi)
Kar-Ling (as Lau Ka Ling)
Carman Lee ...
Gum Tso (as Carmen Li)
Tat-Ming Cheung ...
Emperor (as Cheung Tat Ming)
Kar-Ying Law ...
Fat-Yan (as Law Ka Ying)
Tats Lau ...
The Ghost (as Lau Yee Tat)
Cheung-Yan Yuen ...
No Face's Wife (as Yuen Cheong Yan)
Shun-Yee Yuen ...
Two Face (as Yuen Shun Yee)
Lik-Chi Lee ...
(as Li Lik Chee)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
King-Man Chik ...
Sex-starved patient
Vincent Kok ...
Elvina Kong ...
Dizzy Patient
Kin-Yan Lee ...
Emperor's Mistress
Indra Leech ...
Hang-Sang Poon ...
Fat's father-in-law


Set in Imperial China, Stephen Chiau plays Fat, a guard in the Forbidden City. But unlike his colleagues he doesn't know anything about Kung Fu or other martial-arts, because he uses his time to make futuristic inventions. So when the emperor is kidnapped and the world most beautiful geisha comes to town Fat has to use his brain to get things done. Written by <>

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16 February 1996 (Hong Kong)  »

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Big Inside Cop Ling Ling-fat  »

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A sweet off beat comedy with kong fu, aliens, acting awards, gadgets and gizmos, concubines, transsexuals, prostitutes and the bizarre
4 November 2007 | by (Fraggle Rock) – See all my reviews

What makes 'Daai laap mat taam 008' different from other Kong Fu comedies is that it's slightly more offbeat and has less kong fu. But hang on, it's funny as hell and endearing. I love the character Ling Ling Fat (Stephen Chow) and his wife Kar Ling (Karina Lau). Chow as Fat is a royal servant, an inventor, a medicine man, a devoted husband and a cop is amazing. He shows another side of his comedic talent that is very different from what he did in 'Shaolin Soccer' and 'Kung Fu'. Carina Lau displays her versatility by playing a comic role as the devoted and loving wife Kar. The relationship of the two characters is very well portrayed and is one of the highlights of the film. There are also many funny characters as I mentioned in the summary that just make the movie experience more fun. The over the top fight scenes are both comical and well shot, fitting well with the context. Yes, a lot of the scenes are done in a cheesy way, a lot of them are far fetched too but then again, it just adds to the humour. There are several laugh out loud moments and very funny twists. I am pretty sure that one will be unstoppably laughing throughout the film. I find 'Daai laap mat taam 008' to be a very refreshing comedy but it's probably the kind one would either hate or like very much.

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