Poll

Your Favorite Stephen Chow Film Is...

From Beijing with Love
1 (3.3%)
Forbidden City Cop
0 (0%)
God of Cookery
1 (3.3%)
The King of Comedy
2 (6.7%)
Shaolin Soccer
5 (16.7%)
Kung Fu Hustle
14 (46.7%)
CJ7
0 (0%)
haven't seen any
6 (20%)
don't like any
1 (3.3%)
Journey to the West
0 (0%)
The Mermaid
0 (0%)
Tai Chi
0 (0%)

Total Members Voted: 29

Author Topic: Chow, Stephen  (Read 1591 times)

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Re: Chow, Stephen - Directors Best Poll
« Reply #10 on: April 30, 2015, 12:09:54 AM »
Kung Fu Hustle
Sholin Soccer
Forbidden City Cop
Journey to the West
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Re: Chow, Stephen - Directors Best Poll
« Reply #11 on: June 22, 2015, 03:47:27 AM »
Kung Fu Hustle
Shaolin Soccer
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Re: Chow, Stephen - Directors Best Poll
« Reply #12 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.

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Re: Chow, Stephen
« Reply #13 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.

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Re: Chow, Stephen
« Reply #14 on: March 21, 2016, 11:31:02 AM »
I'm looking forward to it.
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Re: Chow, Stephen
« Reply #15 on: February 02, 2018, 12:35:17 AM »
Updated Rankings

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.
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Re: Chow, Stephen
« Reply #16 on: February 02, 2018, 09:14:27 AM »
Kung Fu Hustle
Shaolin Soccer

Journey to the West
The God of Cookery