From Beijing with Love (1994)

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Hong Kong comedy icon Stephen Chiau stars in this wild and wooly parody of 007 spy thrillers. Ling Ling-chat (Chiau) leads a double life, living both as a modest street vendor in Beijing and a suave international spy. When a priceless dinosaur skull is swiped from China, a rogue criminal known only as "The Man With the Golden Gun" is the prime suspect. Ling is called away from dispensing pork products and sent to Hong Kong to investigate. There, a paid assassin named Siu-kam (Anita Yuen) has Ling in her sites. Yet Ling's utter stupidity and dumb luck makes him seeming invincible and she switches sides. When the duo return to China, Ling realizes that his real enemy is none other than his boss.
Rating:
NR
Genre:
Art House & International , Comedy
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Studio:
Win's Movie Productions Ltd.

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Cast

Anita Yuen
as Li Xiang Qin
Stephen Chow
as Ling Ling Chat
Kar Ying Law
as Da Vinci
Joe Cheng
as Metal Mouth
Siu Juen Dang
as Crying brother
Ming Wah Koo
as Firing Squad Commander
Spencer Lam
as Football Commentator
Kin Yan Lee
as Whore at Regent Motel
Lee Lik-Chi
as Iron Legs
Indra Leech
as Guard
Hak Shun Leung
as Lai Yau wai
See ho Leung
as Crying brother
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Critic Reviews for From Beijing with Love

All Critics (6)

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August 14, 2005
EmanuelLevy.Com

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September 2, 2004
Los Angeles CityBeat

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November 19, 2003
Eclipse Magazine

Promising Hong Kong spoof, but it fizzles out halfway through. Some funny redundant gadgets, and John Woo spoofage, but never goes anywhere.

July 13, 2003
About.com

James Bond spoof that is much more bloody than amusing.

July 26, 2002
Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)

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June 5, 2002
Boxoffice Magazine

Audience Reviews for From Beijing with Love

½

An evil smuggler has stolen a priceless dinosaur skull and has used his cybernetic supersuit to kill every secret agent who has dared to oppose him. Running out of options, China's spy bureau warily assigns this case to a whore-mongering pork butcher (Co-writer/director Stephen Chow). This off-the-wall parody of James Bond gives Stephen Chow plenty of room to play with his idiosyncratic sense of physical and verbal humor. Some may have trouble dealing with the juxtaposition of intense violence and goofball humor, but I found From Beijing With Love to be just as much of a blast to watch as Chow's later hits.

Ryan Valentine
Ryan Valentine

Ah yes, the good ol Hong Kong "throw everyting into the mix" approach of filmaking that we don't see that often these days. One second there is a joke about spy gadgets, then there's a little kid seeing his dad dying infront of him. This is clearly a cultural shock for many in the west, for the HK aficionado this was the bread and butter back in those days. Now, "From Beijing" still shows a Stephen Chow polishing his craft, still trying to get the right flow, so this one is not as strong as his following work. Still fun to watch, even with all the verbal comedy lost in translation.

Tsubaki Sanjuro
Tsubaki Sanjuro

Super Reviewer

This is one of the funniest of Stephen Chow movies. Everytime I watch it, I would find something new to laugh about (5x already). But it can make you weep at some point, too.

Jojo Shek
Jojo Shek

Super Reviewer

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