Chow plays an aspiring actor – big on acting theory, but a little short on actual experience. He primarily gets work as an extra, but has a real job as a caretaker at a Community Center. There he attempts to put on plays (Fist of Fury) that neither the audience nor his fellow actors ever show up for.
Chow gets a job as an extra in a scene that is an absolutely brilliant and extremely funny parody of The Killer. In this case though, the killer is Karen Mok and she blows away lots of people in a church with doves flying all over. This scene is actually pretty cool on its own merits – but Chow who is playing a priest and only has to get shot and lie down, refuses to die easily (ala Peter Sellers in The Party) and ruins the shot. He gets kicked off the set. He keeps coming back though and keeps messing up and getting kicked off again.
Ng Man Tat is on hand as usual in a Chow film and he also gives a wonderful performance as the shaven head scary guy in charge of handing out the lunches.
This is a really enjoyable "feel good" film that made me almost bounce out of the theater when it was over. All aspects of this film are top notch – from the acting to the story to the jokes.
I located a little information regarding Cecilia Cheung on the Internet. Go to this site for a little bio.
This movie definitely has some truly funny moments. Four sequences in particular -- one of which parodied "The Killer" (a film which I have yet to see but know enough about to catch references to it); a second of which involves Stephen Chow and three trainee actors performing a scene from Bruce Lee's "Fist of Fury"; a third of which ends with a character named Sister Cuckoo (played by Karen Mok) being catapulted out of a window; and a fourth of which features the booger from hell! -- had me literally rolling on my living room floor. This being said, this Stephen Chow film is much more than just a straightforward, out-and-out laugh-o-rama...and I honestly think that it is an altogether better production for being so.
KING OF COMEDY actually has some altogether serious sections. There are some scenes in it (I think especially of two involving elderly ladies as well as a few involving the very young Cecilia Cheung) that are thought provoking as well as thoughtful. There are others which are warm, tender and touching as well as sweet (I think here of the extremely tasteful -- no, I am not kidding -- romancing of the character portrayed by Cecilia Cheung by that played by Stephen Chow). These give the movie "heart" and warmth as well as dramatic content.
It is difficult to find anything to criticize
with regards to this movie which I will admit to watching twice in twelve
hours (and enjoying more the second time around). All of the cast
(including Jackie Chan, who
made a cameo appearance!) and crew acquitted themselves well. Although Ng Man Tat is far from my favorite Hong Kong actor, he was much less annoying here than he has been in so many other productions I've seen him in (e.g., "Millionaire Cop" and "Handsome Siblings"). Even the plug for a certain brand of potato chips at the end of the film is somewhat amusing to watch even if admittedly extraneous to the plot.
All in all, this is a high quality production. I have a sneaky suspicion though that in years to come, it will best be remembered and primarily referred to as "the movie in which Cecilia Cheung made her acting debut". To understand why I think this, one has to see this film. The fact of the matter is that while this young woman is physically attractive and has a bewitching screen presence, what is far more impressive to me is her obviously already abundant acting ability (scads of which her part called for, demanded even, and this teenager so successfully supplied).
My rating for the film: 9.0