Mo jong yuen So Hat-Yi (King of Beggars) (1992)
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This movie unfortunately felt a lot longer than it actually was. Cheesy, with a brute-forced clichéd Chinese-kung-fu-plot and TV show-grade special effects like plasticky exploding rocks and really just lots of explosions where explosions did not belong. Did not age well but at least there were a few laughs.
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 enjoyed this movie, it's not the best martial arts movie you'll ever see but it's a fun movie. It definitely has some laugh out loud moments, well mostly one scene but it was pretty hilarious. The action is ridiculously over the to, but it works since the movie doesn't take itself all that seriously. If it took itself then the action would've been a problem. That's it really, not a lot to say about this movie. You're not going to miss out on a tremendous martial arts movie if you decide not to watch it, but if you decide to watch it, it'll keep you entertained.
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