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King of Comedy (1999)

Hei kek ji wong (original title)
A bar girl hires a struggling actor to give her acting lessons so that she can feign a greater interest in her customers. The longer they work together, the more they find they have in common.

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Stephen Chow, Erica Li (screenplay) (as Erica Lee) | 4 more credits »
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Credited cast:
Stephen Chow ... Wan Tin-Sau
Karen Mok ... Sister Cuckoo
Cecilia Cheung ... Lau Piu-Piu
Man-Tat Ng ... Mao
Kai-Man Tin
Chi-Sing Lam
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Po Chun Chan Po Chun Chan ... Peter
Joe Cheng ... Informer (as Joe Cheng Cho)
Man-Fai Cheng Man-Fai Cheng ... Hung's man
Mo-Chan Chik Mo-Chan Chik ... C.I.B.
Kwok-Ping Choi Kwok-Ping Choi ... Hitman in the church
Lung Dai Lung Dai ... Master Lung
Min-Hun Fung ... Pui's first boyfriend
Woon-Ling Hau ... Hung's granny
Clarence Hui ... Nightclub Mobster
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A bar girl hires a struggling actor to give her acting lessons so that she can feign a greater interest in her customers. The longer they work together, the more they find they have in common.

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Connections

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wildly funny, absurdly improbable
30 November 2009 | by cheroldSee all my reviews

This is a really funny, laugh-out-loud comedy. It is full of brilliant little bits, and I loved it from an early sequence in which an actor is asked to express a series of emotional states resulting from an improbably sequence of events. There are also a couple of clever, funny take-offs of martial art scenes.

On the other hand, this is the most insanely ridiculously script I think I have ever come across. It really makes no sense from one minute to the next. I mean, for the first hour or so it's improbably but within the realm of slapstick comedy, but then it seems as though all pretext of writing a story goes out the window in favor of doing a bunch of unrelated scenes strung together by impossible events.

But I still liked it. The characters manage to seem real and affecting in spite of the absurdity of their situations (especially Cecelia Chung as a loud-mouthed hooker with a soft, sweet center). And it is wonderfully funny.


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Country:

Hong Kong

Language:

Cantonese

Release Date:

13 February 1999 (Hong Kong) See more »

Also Known As:

喜劇之王 See more »

Filming Locations:

Hong Kong, China

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Star Overseas See more »
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Dolby Digital

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Color

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1.85 : 1
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