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½ August 19, 2017
Chaplin's swansong is nowhere near as atrocious as its awful reputation tends to suggest, a reputation probably earned because compared to Chaplin's other works, which sets the requirements very high, being of another dimension (although some elements clearly show that it's a Chaplin film). In fact, 'A Countess from Hong Kong' is pleasant - even though it's very predictable. Loren and Brando form a surprising, disconcerting cast, which is more of a winning one than a failed one to me. It's much more of an adding than a sabotage to Chaplin's filmography -it's just lighter than his other works. Don't expect nothing, and you'll be happily surprised.
Super Reviewer
November 23, 2015
Chaplin's last film and the only one in color, a funny, delicious screwball comedy with very fine performances by a great cast - except Tippi Hedren, who is not really in tune with the others. And the chemistry between Brando and Loren is phenomenal.
November 12, 2015
It's sad for a genius to go out on such an underwhelming work. I can see this being a better movie if it had been made 20 years before the swinging 60's. Loren and Brando are woefully out of place in this type of comedy and Chaplin's musical sensibilities don't assist it one bit. Even Chaplin looks tired in his cameo (back to playing a steward after playing one for Gillette as Sherlock Holmes half a century prior).
September 24, 2015
Even these three "tycoon"s couldn't save the movie.
May 25, 2014
Way too tame for its subject matter. Marlon Brando is deadly wooden, he's obviously not trying, so he's totally miscast. Loren is very beautiful, but Brando fails to project any charisma between them (and so Loren fails as well). Just super bland movie, would never have been able to tell this was directed by Charlie Chaplin, it's sad this was his last film; just really uninteresting and not funny.
½ February 18, 2014
I wasn't sure what to expect from A Countess from Hong Kong as it had received predominantly mixed reviews but was considered by Charlie Chaplin to be his favourite of the films he had directed. Either way I figured it was worth a viewing.

Since Charlie Chaplin is working with Academy Award winners Marlin Brando and Sophia Loren, its more of a star effort than the usual Charlie Chaplin film, particularly because his role is simply a brief cameo. And it differentiates from his more traditional films in many ways including the cast and his role in the film.
One key way is the comedic style of the film. Rather than being a lot of slapstick material, A Countess from Hong Kong is a clever mix of romantic comedy and farce which is of lighter material than his earlier works where he portrayed his famous tramp character. And in its own quaint little way it is successful and somewhat comedic. Although its arguably not as funny as his earlier works, particularly his films that featured his tramp character, A Countess from Hong Kong still has the charm of a Charlie Chaplin film and the quality of a technical step-up, being filmed in colour and featuring plenty of dialogue and beautiful cinematography, all while retaining the simplicity of its story on a really low budget by shooting all its scenes within the space of a simple few sets. And the sets are convincing and the atmosphere is light, so A Countess from Hong Kong proves to feel like a legitimate movie and is really easy to watch.
A Countess from Hong Kong is a colourful visual experience, because being Charlie Chaplin's only film in colour he manages to make the most of what he can on such a low budget, and it proves to be effective as there is a lot of colour to go around in A Countess from Hong Kong which includes the well-constructed scenery and appealing character costumes.
The musical score is also pretty well composed and nostalgic to the time the film was created in, as well as touching on the light qualities of the comedic atmosphere in A Countess from Hong Kong.
A Countess from Hong Kong is indeed an imperfect film, because while it has a natural charm to it thanks to Charlie Chaplin's writing and directional efforts, the comedy is very toned down and is extremely inconsisteny in A Countess from Hong Kong, therefore not being too effective in supplying many laughs. Although Charlie Chaplin considers it his finest effort, I wouldn't. It's surely a good film, but not a great one or one that measures up to the kind of critical success of a film like The Great Dictator. But nevertheless it is a bold and ambitious move on behalf of Charlie Chaplin to be tackling more serious territory, even though it's a farce of a comedy. I didn't laugh that much even though I had hoped to, but I still enjoyed the film and admired the charm that Charlie Chaplin had bestowed upon it.
Most of the success in A Countess from Hong Kong can be attributed to Charlie Chaplin's efforts, but one of the key most positive qualities is the skills of the undeniably talented cast who all do their own to keep A Countess from Hong Kong afloat.
Marlon Brando is an interesting lead in A Countess from Hong Kong because it isn't often you see him in a comedic role, considering that his more famous roles are his dramatic efforts in A Streetcar Named Desire, On The Waterfront and most of all The Godfather. So seeing him at age 43 in a Charlie Chaplin film is quite an interesting idea on the surface. And his success in the film is built on the neurotic elements of his character and the chemistry he shares with fellow Academy Award winner Sophia Loren as there is always a romantic tension there which gives the story a compelling touch. Marlon Brando is a fine lead in A Countess from Hong Kong and he manages to prove that through the simplistic elements of his acting he manages to achieve comedic success without much stress.
It is Sophia Loren who has to portray the most Chaplin-esq figure in A Countess from Hong Kong, because although her character isn't reliant on slapstick, her actions tend to be one of the key sources of the comedy in the story as she is full of unpredictable quick movements and plenty of energy over the course of the story. She is both thoroughly attractive and sexually appealing in A Countess from Hong Kong without it ever being rather suggestive as it comes simply from the natural physical movements of her, her beautiful face and rather passionate line delivery. Sophia Loren treats A Countess from Hong Kong like she would any film that was based on good material, and so in A Countess from Hong Kong she has a lot of classical comedic spirit and visual appeal which makes her a fine casting choice. Her chemistry with Marlon Brando is rather interesting to keep up with.
Patrick Cargill also manages to work with both actors and five a convincing supporting role with a lot of Chaplin Charm to it.
Unfortunately, Tippi Hedren is rather off key with the rest of the cast in A Countess from Hong Kong and her inability to stop talking and lack of sufficient charm proves to detract from the general feel and movement that the story in A Countess from Hong Kong entails. She isn't at her finest in A Countess from Hong Kong, but she isn't too bad and she has her moments.

So the passion of Charlie Chaplin and the dedication of the cast in A Countess from Hong Kong help to ensure it transcends its inconsistent laughs and lack of the same charm of Charlie Chaplin's efforts he was more directly involved in, particularly in portraying his tramp character.
½ August 6, 2013
A big misfire for Charlie Chaplin in this, the last film he ever directed, starring Marlon Brando at his mumbling, can't-really-be-bothered-in-the-1960s worst.
½ October 24, 2012
A movie from a story that seemed more suited as a short and Young brando trying to do Chaplin-esk moves is just painful to watch
½ March 1, 2012
This must of seemed like a relic even upon initial release in 1967. Chaplin, genius that is his, just wasn't in sync with the modern times. Brando is woefully miscast and spends most of the picture mumbling and looking at the floor, almost as if he's embarrassed to be playing such light comedy. Loren, as always, lights up the screen with her tantalizing figure, though she isn't given much to work with-- how many times can scrambling for a hiding place every time the doorbell rings be funny? In a glorious act of nepotism, the rest of the cast is filled out with Charlie's family. Son Sydney gets the Zeppo role, the bland straight man whose only qualification is that he's family. Mainly, the film is just kind of hollow and flat. Look closely for Carol Cleveland of Monty Python fame as Margaret Rutherford's nurse.
February 9, 2012
Just like A King In New York, this film feels like one of Chaplin's worst efforts, but again, it's not necessarily a bad film. Considering the company it's in (which are masterpieces), it's not saying much when saying that this is one of his worst. It's still a pretty enjoyable film, although a good majority of the film is fairly uninteresting, and even at it's peak, is still rather bland. The overall story is predictable and not very engaging, and the characters feel flat and shallow. In other words, it's only ailment is mediocrity. It's not a bad film, just not the most incredible film you'll see. But fans of Charlie may be very disappointed, mostly because you know that Charlie is so much better than this and so much funnier, because this film is not funny at all, which is what you might be suspecting. On a side note, Charlie's very short cameo is almost enough to get you to watch this film. It's glorious to see the silent film legend in color.
February 1, 2012
It's hard to believe Chaplin was responsible for this. The humor ranges from stale to non-existant. As a final film it is entirely unsatisfying.
September 5, 2011
If I want to be an ultimate Chaplin fan, I have to watch his last film.
½ July 20, 2011
A Countess From Hong Kong, starring Marlon Brando, although it contains great performance of Marlon Brando yet it felt like it was missing something, no doubt the story was gripping and it doesn't let you down.
½ April 24, 2011
Very theatrical, quite funny, with the lost magic that makes old movies more rare and valuable than nowadays' flicks.
½ April 6, 2011
Odd, jerky, almost schizophrenic movie - cannot decide if its a farce or a romantic tearjerker. (Mostly due to Charlie Chaplin's direction). Brando is a horrible comedic actor and sounded like he was practicing for The Godfather already, and Sophia Loren with her best mumbled accent trying to be Russian, but she could never overcome the Italian in her.

The thing I HATED about this movie was the incessant use of a buzzer to announce entrance into the cabin that Brando and Loren's characters were staying in. It was shockingly loud, very jarring and overused almost to the point of stopping the movie. I think Chaplin was trying to use it for comedic effect but it just disturbed whatever flow they had managed to achieve up to that point.

Nevertheless, a curiosity worth looking at, to see a movie that demonstrates why not all actors and directors are cut out to do all roles.
½ June 18, 2010
the last film directed by Charlie Chaplin. Hmm...
September 20, 2009
ochen' interesniy fil'm! i plyus ochen' smeshnoy! :D stavlyu horoshuyu 4ku!
½ August 2, 2009
A decent movie. The first hour is great, but it quickly falls apart after that. The ending is abrupt.
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