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Mad Monk (Chai gong) (1993)

  Directed by: Siu-Tung Ching, Johnny To
Starring: Maggie Cheung, Stephen Chow
Links: Mad Monk on the IMDb
Genre: Comedy

This movie gets: 6.00 (1 rating)
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Mad Monk (Chai gong) (1993) is also mentioned in timchuma's review of Flirting Scholar (1993).

"Confusing but funny" - a review by timchuma

I have to admit that I found this movie somewhat bewildering. It may have to do with the fact that I don't know much about Chinese mythology (some of the storyline reminded me of Monkey though).

From what I could understand about the movie, there were still enough visual gags to keep me amused, but this movie was not as accessible to me as some of Stephen Chow's other movies. (It probably didn't help that I saw this movie straight after God of Cookery (1996) either.)

The supporting characters were very good though, especially Maggie Cheung as the 9th generation whore who Stephen's character of Lu Han had to save. Lu's sidekick was also funny as the "man baby" and the 9th generation beggar was also well done. Not so well played was the 9th generation scoundrel as he just seemed to be evil for no real reason.

I was a bit disappointed that Maggie Cheung didn't get a bigger role, but as this is meant to be a Stephen Chow film, it was good to see how well she did in it compared to him. As an aside I would love to see what a movie with Stephen Chow and Jackie Chan would be like, even though it would more than likely implode due to so much wackiness on screen.

With all the gods involved it did start to get confusing towards the end, but at some point a demon from the underworld got involved and started stomping around the place like Godzilla. If this doesn't make any sense, it is probably best if you just get really drunk and watch this movie for fun during a big session of Hong Kong movies with some friends.

timchuma gives this movie 6 out of 10.
Review created on Mon 17 Jan 2005

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