A young woman strives to pursue the actors' dream despite being an extra and stand-in.
A young woman strives to pursue the actors' dream despite being an extra and stand-in.
Very funny and heatfelt in a scene by scene basis, but after near two decades operating in a much larger scale I suspect this minor register doesn't fit Chow that well anymore even with Herman Yau around as on set trafic cop to help ground things. Both men have much better films about life at the Chinese film industry margins. Anyway, this is a pretty good mainstream comedy, just only occasionally possessed of Chow's off-beat genius.
Plz let this get a U.S. release. Chow’s funniest in a long, long while — and pretty strong satire too!
This is a fucking 90-minute long commercial man not even gonna rate it, that's time I'll never get back. Who knew the real April Fool was me all along.
Stephen Chow likes movies. We know this because he’s been in tons, written and directed his own features for about two or more decades now, with often great critical and commercial success. The New King of Comedy is a spiritual sequel to his 1999 flick The King of Comedy though from what I’m told it’s more the premise that’s the same than the content (I haven’t gotten to see the original yet).
Remember what I said about Chow liking movies? Well, The New King of Comedy is the story of an extra - Dreamy (E Jingwen) - who longs of being a star. But she’s not vain or greedy she just really really loves acting. The film serves as Chow’s…
The Passion of the Actress (E Jingwen), the path from extra to stardom as a Via Crucis full of blunders, mishaps and humiliations of all sorts. Yet, there is little to no bitterness to Stephen Chow's film. On the contrary, The New King of Comedy comes across as cinematic playful and imaginative as (for example) Chow's The Mermaid.
Of course the year's best Lunar New Year movie didn't get released in the US.
More to come.
I was in a bit of grumpy mood when the film started and by the end, I wasn't, so that's a good thing right.
A nice mixture of drama and comedy, I have no doubt you will have a smile on your face by the time the end credits role.
Maybe after the end of the universe. Everything is always just so true, performance departs from experience, reality is the same as the imaginary, just refracted by a shift of focus. Acting is remembering. Life is but a dream.
Stephen Chow’s great humanist work. Still one of the best of 2019 it’s just so heartfelt, funny, moving, and inspiring.
I'm willing to be wrong about this, but it's like Chow took the bones of one of his best films and moulded them into a movie about a mentally disabled woman being physically and verbally abused by everyone around her. Not quite drama, not quite comedy and never clear whether lead character "Dreamy" should be put into protective custody for battered women or just have a full time carer. She's not given the agency of Chow's character in the preceding King of Comedy and so there's not much to feel for her outside of pity. It's a no from me.
I really hate how the Hong Kong film industry is so terrible and weak that they can't even give acclaimed directors like Stephen Chow a solid platform to make new movies. Instead, he has to gurgle up this garbage, which is basically one long, drawn out ad for different apps and new phones. I never really understood what other people meant by 'producers and people in board rooms meddling with the movies!' until I saw this movie. They spent HALF the runtime focused on this 'washed-up former actor' who had nearly nothing to do with the main character's arc, simply because he's one of the biggest stars in China right now.
I didn't even know this movie was based on one of Chow's old films, but this just makes the entire movie even worse and reasserts that this is the most derivative, beat-by-beat, unfunny crap ever made.
Note to self: when the world of cinema is letting you down, just see a Stephen Chow movie.
For one thing, even when the plot is silly, even preposterous, Chow's films are just so well directed. He is that rarest of creatures, a maker of comedies who actually attends to the basics of cinema. The clearest example of this is Chow's preference for composing establishing shots on the diagonal, like some bastard child of Jerry Lewis and Giorgio de Chirico. But this is really just a subset of Chow's entire approach, which is to organize his scenes as fields of action, a dispensation of people and things that looks simple but is actually quite purposeful.
This is no doubt…
미인어 이후로 더 내려갈 곳이 있을까 했는데, 이럴 수가. 제발 이런 각본은 영화화 시도조차 하지 마시길.
感动 却不够真诚 而已
Listed as co-directed by Herman Yau on here, but Wiki has this solely credited to Stephen Chow. Without doing much reading up on the production, I imagine that Yau was here as a steady pair of hands in the background, because this feels very much like a Chow film.
Relentlessly silly, with a big heart, and a light touch satire about the Chinese film industry, following one woman's (appropriately called Dreamy) as she attempts to make it big as a leading actress while working as an extra.
We're never more than about 30 seconds away from a gag, with plenty of silly slapstick and word-play that feels very much on brand for Chow, there's also a really great heart warming…
I'd take money to redo shit I made twenty years ago too sounds dope
I cried, I laff'd, I cried more
Is it fair for someone to be able make a new movie as a tribute to all the older movies that you personally made 20 years ago ? Isn't that cheating ? And here I am, emotionally connected a actor imitating my favourite Stephen Chow, and just loving every moment of self homage this movie throws out. It's a great feel good movie, and one that really reminded of my younger days of watching Chow's movies
1) Something about watching someone act like how Stephen Chow does his acting has always connected with me. It's not even about how realistic it is, but the emotion that gets convey in these kind of scenes always gets me, and as a kid growing up in Hong Kong, my friends and I would inherently do the Stephen chow impressions when we joke with each other, and that's what this movie manage to remind me of, those little moments of my youth
Esta remake/reimaginación de “king of comedy” muestra claramente la lucha y conflicto de muchos actores cundo inician su carrera como extra y como se llegan a estancar. También muestra un poco como es el teje maneje de la industria de dos maneras: cuando no eres atractivo y no puedes obtener mejores papeles y te quedas como extra y como actor en decadencia y los trabajos que tienes que hacer para seguir adelante, con todo y tu orgullo.
Me encantó que en esta ocasión incluyera un personaje femenino, interpretado por E Jingwen, le da frescura y es un claro ejemplo de que nunca debemos detenernos por luchar por nuestros sueños. Nadie debe de decirnos que hacer.
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Masterpiece. It has a real disdain for the film industry, and specifically with how the film industry treats actors. It’s really interesting that Chow returned to this story after years of making increasingly large scale, increasingly big budget films. Dreamy and Mr. Marco seem like two moments in one’s relationship with the film industry (and really with one’s relationship to any passion, especially when that passion becomes a job).
Dreamy has so much drive. So much love for acting; and all she wants is an opportunity to prove her talent. She’s starry-eyed about film, and would want nothing more than to achieve Mr. Marco’s status. Mr. Marco likely had that exact same attitude at one point. But now he’s totally…
Finally caught this on tv during CNY. Had wanted to watch it much earlier when it was out, but an uncertain expectation made me drop the thought until now...
A spiritual successor to his 1999 King of Comedy, one of my personal favourites, this film harbours a similar premise with a different twist, and most importantly, doesn't star Stephen Chow himself. It was still a pretty enjoyable experience, with several scenes paying homage to his original film - potentially being criticised of reusing gags but nonetheless still a nice touch for his long-time fans.
Some cuts felts a bit odd, as with the lines and portrayals of the characters, making me almost constantly wondering how would Chow himself play the…
This is a beautifully humane film from one of the world's greatest filmmakers. Also, a movie with a similar title that is way better than The King of Comedy.
while the original movie felt so disjointed and long, this was an absolute blast to watch, E Jingwen and Baoqiang Wang were just perfect and they made every scene of the movie so much fun, they managed to hit every emotional beat this movie needed, and sure, compared to any of his recent movies, this was a very down to earth Chow movie, but his style was still very much there, so if for some reason you don't want to watch The Mermaid, definitely check this out instead
feels more like a sequel to Kung Fu Hustle than the original King of Comedy. it does away with the original’s complexities in favour of a simpleminded, straightforward narrative about “making it”. just sad to see.
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