I have been missing the old Hong Kong comedy films lately. I’m having a lot of free time nowadays, and I started to search YouTube for some Hong Kong comedy films way back in 90s. Luckily, YouTube didn’t delete old Chinese movies. Stephen Chow must be the one for comedy films, and I always like his extremely hilarious performance in all of the movies he starred in. He is no doubt the King of Comedy.
Stephen Chow is now almost 50 years old. He is now seen more of directing internationally-targeted films that are no more as comedic as the ones he starred in two decades ago. Too bad, his latest films with also involvement with Hollywood, are a bit of failure. I suggest he just went back to his illogical, no-sense comedic features which he is extremely expert in for a much more successful outcomes and response from the public, without the need of reaching to international appeal.
Looking back at his movies in 90s, he was seen in at least two to three movies every year! That is a very active participation record from him, which contributed much to the success of Hong Kong comedy films. His movies in 90s are mainly low-budget, because all it needs for those movies to achieve critical acclaim is the funny features delivered. Some of his more famous films that attracted worldwide recognition is The Tricky Master, Shaolin Soccer, Kung Fu Hustle and CJ7.
However, I didn’t watch these films again, because these are still fresh in my memory. What I watched this few days are his other not-so-famous movies but are still extremely funny enough to make my days more entertaining and less boring. Those films I have watched these few days are the three installments of Fight Back to School, The God of Cookery, Sixty Million Dollar Man, The Magnificent Scoundrels, and All for the Winner. His collaboration with Ng Man Tat in many films makes everything much funnier.
How much do you remember from his ‘mo-lei-tau’ features in his films? Those are his talent, and that turns him into one of the most successful and famous Hong Kong male stars. Too bad, he is old now (turning 50 this year), and it seems that he has turned away to another direction in filming, by becoming not the actor, but mostly director and scriptwriter. There is no more ‘mo-lei-tau’ features from his recent films, but his works in the past that bring much fun and laughter to the people of this generation would be forever remembered.