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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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Cast

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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Storyline

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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Comedy | Drama | Romance

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Country:

Hong Kong

Language:

Cantonese

Release Date:

13 February 1999 (Hong Kong) See more »

Also Known As:

Kigekiô See more »

Filming Locations:

Hong Kong, China

Company Credits

Production Co:

Star Overseas See more »
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

This is the last film Stephen Chow and Lik-Chi Lee collaborating as directors. Chow had more interest in filmmaking than acting after Shaolin Soccer. See more »

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Spoofs The Big Boss (1971) See more »

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An uneven and moody story, with 999 climaxes
16 October 2004 | by vid-10See all my reviews

Stephen Chow paradoxically portrays the life of an "extra" actor, who is quite committed to acting, yet never manages to land anything better than one-line scripts. Cecilia Cheung leads an equally gloomy life, in which her dreams have been shattered after her boyfriend ordered her to work in a night club to make a living. Cecilia's inability to lure customers results in her attending Stephen's bizarre neighborhood acting classrooms; from then on the movie will follow their fortunes and misfortunes.

The good: as usual, Stephen Chow's movies have hilarious moments and, at the same time, explore everything that can be squeezed out from the main role. While God of Cookery was about "cooking with a heart", here the director deals with the topic of "working hard, to act better" and shows that, somehow, we all are actors in the movie that is our life. Indeed, the movie does not need extravagant settings such as Shaolin monasteries or soccer stadiums, but we get to witness many problems of ordinary Chinese suburbs, including kids becoming triad members and people leading a poor life.

The bad: Considering King of Comedy's social involvement, I would have expected a more linear story. Instead, the narration flow is a roller-coaster of moods, in which every one, not just Stephen Chow, seems a bit loony and overdramatizes every aspect of his/her life. Imagine what A Beautiful Mind would be, if also Jennifer Connelly and the other actors were like John Nash! Extravagant, to say the least! 7/10


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