Mo jong yuen So Hat-Yi (King of Beggars) (1992)
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When it comes to comedy movie I'm usually a little more cautious picking out what i'm going to watch because the movie might not be funny and it's a bad experience watching a humorless comedy. Luckily I made a good choice finding this hidden gem in the Martial Art comedy genre.
King of Beggars is about a spoilt son of a millionaire who finds the love of his life, but she will only accept him if he proves himself as a kung-fu master. The story as a whole is just something you just sit back and enjoy. Stephen Chow knows good humor as I couldn't stop myself from laughing at this movie. It's a blast to watch, which can't be said about about the characters. The story delivers fully in comedy, but when it comes to the more serious scenes there not as meaningful as they could have been and I found myself not caring about the characters when they weren't making me laugh.
The Martial Art on the other hand is at the level of Jackie Chan, but in a more humorous style. This adds to the humor as we see Stephen Chow fighting at a Kung Fu Tournament and his equipment keeps breaking or the scene where he fights someone while he sleeping are unlike anything you ever seen in a Martial Art movie. The cast are fitted perfectly in this movie, they always deliver good jokes and the characters the play give them a certain appeal you could only find in a good comedy.
I found it to be a shame that this movie went under so many people radar as Once Upon A Time In China 2 and Supercop came out in the same year. With so many Martial Art movies taking themselves seriously, this is one Martial Art movie that doesn't and you'll have a good time watching it.
I gotta say it is very cheesy and stupid...especially cos it's 2012 so this movie has pretty bad special effects and such. However it is funny! Don't take it seriously at all, cos if you do, it just becomes a stupid movie. 2 1/2 stars i gave here is purely for the comedy.
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