Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Flirting Scholar 唐伯虎點秋香

Released Year: 1993
Directed by 李力持 Lee LikChi & 周星馳 Stephen Chow

Casted by:
 周星馳 Stephen Chow as 唐伯虎 Tong Pak Fu
鞏俐 Gong Li as 秋香 Chow Heung
鄭佩佩 Cheng Pei Pei as 華夫人 Madame Wah
陳百祥 Natalis Chan as 祝枝山 Chuk Chi San
黃霑 Jim Wong as 華太師 Chancellor Wah
宣萱 Jessica Hester Hsuan as 夏香 Ha Heung
苑瓊丹 Kingdom Yuen as 石榴 Sek Lao
梁家仁 Bryan Leung as 武狀元 Mou Zhong Yun 
劉家輝 Gordon Liu as 奪命書生 Evil Scholar
In the Ming Dynasty, there were four scholars, whose literary and artistic skills are unmatched in China. Tong Pak Fu is the most famous, for having eight wives in addition to his expertise as an artist, poet, and calligrapher. However, Tong's wives are all gambling addicts, unappreciative of Tong's artistic skills. This leads to Tong's quest for a woman who truly appreciates his strengths.

The Tong Family have been generations of martial arts masters and has two major enemies: the Evil Scholar, a notorious swordsman known for The Deadly Scholastic Sword, Due to these rivalries, Tong Pak Fu is forbidden by his mother to use any form of martial arts.

One day, Tong stumbles upon the convoy of the House of Wah, and meets Chow Heung, one of the four maids in the House of Wah. This chance encounter convinces Tong that he has finally found his true love. On the advice of a boatman, Tong pretends to be a lowly servant in order to gain employment in the House of Wah.

Tong finds life as a servant very difficult, until Madame Wah discovers that Tong is actually educated. After some persuasion by Chow Heung, Tong is hired as an assistant tutor for Madame Wah's two young sons.

After the sudden death of the main tutor of the House of Wah, Tong is promoted and manages to get closer to Chow Heung. However, the House of Wah is suddenly visited by Chancellor Wah's political rival, Prince Ning, who is planning a coup. Madame Wah is injured, and Tong steps in to finish the battle in the House of Wah's favor. Prince Ning seizes the opportunity to blame the House of Wah for insulting him. Embarrassed at being utterly defeated at the hands of a tutor, Prince Ning leaves hastily, vowing revenge. In reproducing a painting, Tong reveals his real identity to Madame Wah, who is the former love rival of Tong's mother.

Several days later, the Evil Scholar returns to annihilate the entire House of Wah. Madame Wah attempts to defend the family, but is almost killed. Tong appears and after a fierce battle, Tong kills the Evil Scholar and earns Chow Heung's hand in marriage as a reward. Tong then discovers that Chow Heung is just as much a gambling addict as his previous eight wives.
 L² Scored: 8.5/10

L² Comment:
Hehe, one of my fav Stephen Chow's movie back in the 90's. The only time Stephen Chow film with Gong Li... Gong Li always give us the serious type of look, but in this movie, she did tried some effort to be funny, but of course she won't be able to compete with Sandra Ng, Teresa Mo, Sharla Cheung, Karen Mok or other Stephen Chow's movie actress... The biggest surprise would be Jessica Hester Hsuan in this movie, i almost lost my breath because i laugh too hard on some of her scenes~

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