|"So... where's that tattoo of yours, Barbie?"|
This ain't Seeding Of A Ghost or Picture Of A Nymph but there shouldn't be a single HK cinema fan who ain't goin to have a good time watchin this new Wong Jing comedy. Set in the days of lavish brothels and palace politics, the James Bond here is not a suave British spy like the movie's 1969 Ian Fleming namesake On Her Majesty's Secret Service but good ol' Louis Koo (pic) in a comedic role as a bumblin scientist-cum-emperor guardsman 009 (Zero Zero Dog in Cantonese) who knows more about inventin strange impractical devices than practical kickass kungfu.
For this outin, Wong Jing doesn't indulge in his usual multiple-siren lineup to drive the humour, like he did in Beauty & The Seven Beasts or The Vampire Who Admires Me. That's because if a movie is going to star the brash and bewitchin Sandra Ng, you're best off lettin her steal the screen!
I can't remember if I cried:
Riddle: With what part of a man's body should he use to feed his baby son when the toddler wakes up hungry and cryin in the middle of the night? You'll be devastatingly tickled by the answer.
Amacam joker, berapa bintang lu mau kasi?
Enjoyable nonsensical story about a royal coup d'etat, benefits from havin an old school storytellin format and some credible performances from its cast, not to mention some token fight sequences. Even the cutesy beauty Barbie Hsu (who plays Louis Koo's disgruntled love interest, pic) pulls her own weight beyond just smilin stupidly. Faux lesbianism and overdone eunuch jokes aside, this is one of the funniest Hong Kong movies so far this year. It's also a real Cantonese movie so forget it if you have to read the mistranslated subtitles. However if you're in on the lingo, it's time to go update yourself with some top-shelf Canto banter.★★★