While working for a gang boss, Zhu Da De unwittingly becomes the man in charge after accidentally setting off a major shootout that took out the rest of the gang. Renaming himself David ...
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While working for a gang boss, Zhu Da De unwittingly becomes the man in charge after accidentally setting off a major shootout that took out the rest of the gang. Renaming himself David Loman, Zhu Da De would stand at the top for over a decade. The price of Loman's fame and power is losing his daughter, who has become resentful towards him. When a fortune teller tells Loman to lie low for awhile or he will get killed, he decides to find a fengshui master who resembles him to to be his stand-in for a few days. After the decoy is assassinated, the real Loman decides to team up with the dead man's son to seek revenge and get rid of his enemies once and for all.
David Loman ("Huge Badass" in Taiwanese!) is a hilarious comedy that never tries to take itself too seriously, but in order to enjoy much of the humor, it helps to have an understanding of East Asia's love for playing with word pronunciations. In East Asian languages, many words are spoken the same or similar way (it could be the same "spelling" but with a different tone). Taiwan commonly use Taiwanese and Mandarin Chinese, and the play on pronunciations expands even further by mixing the 2 dialects.
The movie is a story of a man (played by Gou-liang Chu) who moved to the city with his daughter for a better future but ended up becoming the head gangster and ruining his relationship with his daughter (Hsiao Chin, played by Amber Kuo), and Xiao Ho (played by Tony Yo-ning Yang), who is young and dreams to be a superhero. After a murder occurs, David Loman and Xiao Ho end up working together for the same goal. The movie does not try to parody Kick-Ass's plot but rather just borrows some ideas from Kick-Ass.
I thoroughly enjoyed this movie, and although I think the characters could have been fleshed out a bit more (especially Xiao Ho who doesn't seem too affected by the murder), I understand that this is a comedy, not a drama.
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