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From Beijing with Love (1994)

Gwok chaan Ling Ling Chat (original title)
Not Rated | | Action, Comedy, Thriller | 14 September 1994 (USA)
An incompetent 007-wannabe is sent to locate a stolen dinosaur skull.
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Stephen Chow ... Ling Ling Chai / Chat
Anita Yuen ... Lee Keung Kam / Li Heung Kam
Kar-Ying Law ... Tat Man Si / Da Man Si (as Kar Ying Lau)
Pauline Chan ... Killer with flame-throwing bra
Joe Cheng ... Killer with metal mouth
Kam-Kong Wong ... Commander Chan
Lik-Chi Lee ... Man about to be executed
Johnny Tang Johnny Tang ... Man about to be executed (as Siu Juen Dang)
See-Ho Leung See-Ho Leung ... Man about to be executed
Yat-Fei Wong ... Man about to be executed
Kin-Yan Lee ... Regent Motel's manager
Rongguang Yu ... 002 / Yee
Sau-Ming Tsang Sau-Ming Tsang ... Man from Hunan
Chun Yip Chun Yip ... Deputy Commander Chan
Ming-Wah Koo Ming-Wah Koo ... Firing Squad Commander
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Storyline

After a giant dinosaur skull is stolen, the head of the Chinese secret police decides to assign the case to the force's most incompetent reject: a rural butcher who stands around all day drinking martinis (shaken, not stirred). With a trunkload of insanely useless gadgets and a contact who constantly tries to kill him, the young agent must locate the skull and find out just what is going on here. Written by Jean-Marc Rocher <rocher@fiberbit.net>

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Details

Official Sites:

Hong Kong Cinemagic Gallery

Country:

Hong Kong

Language:

Cantonese

Release Date:

14 September 1994 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Bons baisers de Pékin See more »

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Runtime:

| (DVD)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Despite the film's portrayal of the Chinese Communist Party, Stephen Chow would eventually helm films with mainland Chinese audiences in mind starting with Kung Fu Hustle. See more »

Goofs

When Ling Ling Chai is about to jump over the wall with his magic box, Siu Kam turns her back to him. Next shot is a close-up on the box on the floor, and Siu Kam is clearly standing opposite to him according to the position of her feet. Then we see her turning back to him. See more »

Quotes

Da Mansi: [Chai and Mansi are on their way to the national agency after being summoned] So, Chai, you've been working as a pork merchant in these 10 years?
Ling Ling Chai: No, I'm just a down and out pork butcher.
Da Mansi: I'm not doing well either, I'm just a poor little greengrocer. But luckily, I have a part-time job in the National Psychiatric Hospital doing research.
The Commander: What research?
Da Mansi: Being researched.
The Commander: [nods] That's great.
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References Hard Target (1993) See more »

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if you liked Kung Fu Hustle...
15 July 2005 | by DanStarkeySee all my reviews

To Western eyes, Stephen Chow's comedies are uneven. "Kung Fu Hustle" is clearly a masterpiece, but why is "Shaolin Soccer" considered so funny? "From Beijing with Love" is an early Chow effort that does work for both East and West, perhaps because the Bond and Star Wars scenes and pretensions that he parodies are so immediately recognizable.

Westerners love violent films with massive body counts, but have a strong and somewhat contradictory aversion to the gore that would ensue in real life, so like most Asian action films, this one would require some heavy editing for Western release. The juxtaposition of death and mutilation with absurd comedy is not Hollywood's style. From Beijing with Love is definitely not for children. But there are some good laughs here for adult Bond fans with strong stomachs, especially those who remember the lamentable Roger Moore effort, "The Man with the Golden Gun."

Worth watching, and the soundtrack is surprisingly good too.


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