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Comic King (Maan ung fung wan) (2001)

  Directed by: Sing-Pui O
Written by: Ding Kin Lau
Starring: Eason Chan, Julian Cheung, Ruby Lin, Nicholas Tse
Links: Comic King on the IMDb, Buy on DVD
Genre: Romance

This movie gets: 7.00 (1 rating)
nofreelist.com Ranking: not yet ranked (awaiting 2 ratings)

"Free 9" knife with Triad Comic = Bad Idea" - a review by timchuma

Yip Fung and Mong Wan apply for a job as an assistant artist at Big Empire Comics, but while Fung applies correctly, Wan sneaks in and jumps the queue on the applicants.

While they are being screened with the other applicants, Wan manages to bribe the supervisor and they both get the job.

During the application process, Fung has fallen for the secretary named Mandy, who he gets to know better after he finds her still working at 2AM so she can make more money.

Also during this time, the boss (Lo) walks around the office checking on everyone and issuing orders. What makes him unique are his large 'blowfly' style glasses, silly smirk on his face, the way he walks around hunched forward, and always eats BBQ Pork. Upon seeing some of the ideas Fung has, he is very impressed.

Later after demonstrating poses with his assistant, Lo likes Fung and Wan's suggestions very much. Feeling confident after this, they decide to ask the boss if they can draw their own comic. This comic becomes "The Untouchable" and is very successful (it reminded me of A Man Called Hero (1999) for some reason).

It is so successful in fact, that Lo wants Fung and Wan to sign lifetime contracts with his company. The way they get out of doing this is funny (you'll have to see the movie to get it), but they also decide they have to be fired so they can start up their own comic at their own company.

They manage to do this (and take most of the staff with them, including Mandy). Their new comic "Knife, Sword and Smile" (which reminded me of The Storm Riders (1998) a bit), is a big hit and puts pressure on them to do even better next time.

In the meantime, Mandy has started seeing Wan, who is also frustrated that Fung won't approve of his story ideas. After an altercation with a gang, he decides to publish his own comic called "The Triads". (Which is a reference to the Young and Dangerous, Part I (1996) comics).

Fung is having none of this, and won't let him publish the comic, so he leaves and tries to take the comic character, Sword, with him to be the lead in his new comic (called Nam). (They have an argument with between themselves and their comic character which you will have to see to understand.)

Mandy is also torn between them and once Wan's comic starts to take off, Fung's sales decline and there are other troubles looming on the horizon...

I liked this movie quite a lot actually, even though some of the sections in it were strange (like the main characters arguing with their comic book creations). As well as recommending it to people who like to read comics, I think comedy fans would enjoy it as well.

timchuma gives this movie 7 out of 10.
Review created on Wed 17 Nov 2004

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