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Title: Chow, Stephen
Post by: chesterfilms on August 29, 2008, 05:27:55 PM
Vote!
Title: Re: Directors Best Poll - Stephen Chow
Post by: duder on August 29, 2008, 05:29:28 PM
Kung Fu Hustle!

Other than that I've only seen the Miramax mangled version of Shaolin Soccer (it's still pretty funny).
Title: Re: Directors Best Poll - Stephen Chow
Post by: edgar00 on August 29, 2008, 05:40:25 PM
I saw the two movies that gained some popularity around my parts, Shaolin Soccer and Kung Fu Hustle. Both had their strengths (fun characters, imaginative) and their weaknesses (a bit too crazy at times for me to find them consistently funny).

Still, he's alright.
Title: Re: Chow, Stephen - Directors Best Poll
Post by: FLYmeatwad on April 29, 2011, 12:28:01 PM
Voted for King of Comedy, but I need to see more from him before feeling confident in that vote.
Title: Re: Chow, Stephen - Directors Best Poll
Post by: MartinTeller on April 29, 2011, 12:46:45 PM
I've only seen Kung Fu Hustle, it was okay.  Withholding my vote until I see more (if I see more).
Title: Re: Chow, Stephen - Directors Best Poll
Post by: FLYmeatwad on April 29, 2011, 12:48:41 PM
KFH seems to be everyone's favorite, and I think it's a really enjoyable film, but it's also easily my least favorite Chow. Though I've also only seen it, Shaolin Soccer, and King of Comedy.
Title: Re: Chow, Stephen - Directors Best Poll
Post by: StudentOFilm on April 29, 2011, 04:58:09 PM
1. Kung Fu Hustle
2. Shaolin Soccer
Title: Chow, Stephen
Post by: 1SO on July 12, 2014, 12:52:37 AM
1. Kung Fu Hustle
2. Shaolin Soccer
3. The God of Cookery
4. Forbidden City Cop
5. From Beijing with Love
6. Journey to the West: Conquering the Demons
7. King of Comedy
8. The Mermaid
9. CJ7
Title: Re: Chow, Stephen - Directors Best Poll
Post by: 1SO on July 12, 2014, 01:19:03 AM
(http://imgur.com/56ipvga.jpg)
Journey to the West: Conquering the Demons
"Miss, can I help?"
"Yes."
"How?"
"Get lost."


I have been missing Stephen Chow and his brand of live-action cartoon insanity. Like most people, I discovered him with Shaolin Soccer and he built on that with Kung Fu Hustle, which contains the most inventive use of digital effects since The Matrix. I enjoyed them so much, I even sat through CJ7, which was as bad as it looked. It's taken 5 years for Chow to make another film, and this one captures Chow in all his glory before veering too far away from its bullseye, never fully recovering.

Until I saw this, I never thought of Chow as the current leader of a genre that's been part of HK cinema forever. Kung-fu action fantasy  comedies have endured for years, and I've sat through a few, but the 'paper and scissors' practical effects always kept me at a distance. With Chow, the quality of the effects are akin to a Stephen Sommers film, but the imagination unleashed by the CG is eye-popping. Chow goes well past fake looking into hilariously surreal. He makes the limitation work for him as part of the fun. It’s something a more realistic-looking effect wouldn’t have managed.

The first two major set-pieces are everything I've been missing, but in the 2nd half the story gets bogged down. I don't want to sound discouraging about Chow getting serious with themes of Buddhism and enlightenment, but those ideas don't know how to co-exist with the fun. It takes the air out of the film, so that even the mega-spectacle finale goes down like a leaking party balloon.

Shu Qi plays a lead role in this film. A beauty who works with prominent directors because she's that good an actress. She appears to be having a blast bouncing around Chow's playpen, and gives very entertaining reaction shots during the fight scenes that are endearing, while helping to sell the fantasy. I don't get why she isn't a bigger star.
Rating: * * 1/2
Title: Re: Chow, Stephen - Directors Best Poll
Post by: roujin on August 14, 2014, 01:44:51 PM
1. The King of Comedy (1999)
2. Shaolin Soccer (2001)
3. God of Cookery (1996)
4. Kung Fu Hustle (2004)

Journey to the West: Conquering the Demons (2013)
Title: Re: Chow, Stephen - Directors Best Poll
Post by: oldkid on April 30, 2015, 12:09:54 AM
Kung Fu Hustle
Sholin Soccer
Forbidden City Cop
Journey to the West
Title: Re: Chow, Stephen - Directors Best Poll
Post by: DarkeningHumour on June 22, 2015, 03:47:27 AM
Kung Fu Hustle
Shaolin Soccer
Title: Re: Chow, Stephen - Directors Best Poll
Post by: Dave the Necrobumper on June 22, 2015, 05:38:50 AM
Shaolin Soccer
Kung Fu Hustle
The God of Cookery

All ok, but the comedy is just that good.
Title: Re: Chow, Stephen
Post by: roujin on March 21, 2016, 11:25:15 AM
His latest film, The Mermaid, is of interest. Plays like a wackadoodle romance between said mermaid and horrible CEO that transforms into message of ecological awareness. Chow continues experiments with CGI for effect - not for realistic effect, but rather to enhance cartoonish vibe - and at points arrives at dazzling images. The mishmash of tones and moods is typical HK filmmaking and performances are often funny. I'm positive on the film, but can't quite fully commit to it. Perhaps I just miss Chow the performer after all these years. Regardless, his last couple of films are undoubtedly the work of a personal filmmaker in a new phase of his career.
Title: Re: Chow, Stephen
Post by: oldkid on March 21, 2016, 11:31:02 AM
I'm looking forward to it.
Title: Re: Chow, Stephen
Post by: 1SO on February 02, 2018, 12:35:17 AM
Updated Rankings (http://forum.filmspotting.net/index.php?topic=4422.msg775289#msg775289)

Forbidden City Cop (1996)
* * * - Okay
Some of my Far East Bracket selections convinced me I’m not a fan of Chinese wuxia comedy, which has three notes: loud, fast and juvenile. Chow’s take has all of that, but there are also many inspired touches, like a fight involving powerful magnets, that put him more in league with silent comedians or Jackie Chan. There are the unfunny gags about physical repulsion typical of the genre, but also a very sweet husband and wife relationship at its heart and moments like an impromptu awards ceremony that make this the best of its type that I’ve seen.


The God of Cookery (1996)
* * * - Good
Take all that and place it in the highly inspired realm of competitive cooking and you have a film that couldn’t be more timely. (I’d also love to see the rough filmmaking replaced by Chow’s more recent capability with digital effects.) Chow’s jerk Iron Chef lays it on too thick, but the Kung Food scenes make this combination of Cars, Ratatouille and Chow a hearty good time.


The Mermaid (2016)
* * ˝
The middle of the film works pretty well as Stephen Chow’s romantic comedy version of The Little Mermaid, but it takes a surprisingly long time for the jokes to start being funny and the climactic battle of this goofy fantasy is shockingly violent. I used to champion Chow as a master of special effects, but either his budget has been reduced or he stopped caring about making the CGI look good.
Title: Re: Chow, Stephen
Post by: philip918 on February 02, 2018, 09:14:27 AM
Kung Fu Hustle
Shaolin Soccer
Journey to the West
The God of Cookery