For those new to Throwback Thursday, we will be reliving some of the coolest things we grew up to enjoy. This week’s throwback is the cultural icon Stephen Chow (周星馳) whose witty dialogues and bizarre visual gags have earned him an honorary place in the hearts of countless Asian children. Here is our list of Top 10 Stephen Chow Movies.
10) All for the Winner (賭聖)
After the success of Wong Jing’s God of Gamblers (賭神), Stephen stakes into the gambling frenzy by portraying a mainlander with super powers that can rub any playing card into an Ace of Spades. With such impressive flattery, Wong Jing invites the guy to star in God of Gamblers 2 (賭俠) alongside Andy Lau.
9) Royal Tramp (鹿鼎記)
It is hard to believe that watching a guy getting everything his way can be so entertaining. Starting off as a low life, Wai Siu-bo comes to acquire the envy of every man with success in fortune, power, women, and martial arts. The lesson taught is some people are just born lucky.
8) From Beijing with Love (國產凌凌漆)
Speaking of Stephen without mentioning this movie is like speaking of Daniel Craig without mentioning Skyfall. Then again, both portray 007 in their respective movies. In From Beijing with Love, Stephen makes a parody to the greatest action franchise in film history as he attempts to save the world from the evil villain, Golden Gun.
7) Fight Back to School (逃學威龍)
As the only series to give Stephen a triquel, he brings his comedy into a school setting. Just before Star Chow is to be kicked out of the police force, he is given one last chance at redemption by retrieving a lost gun at a high school. Like Zac Efron in 17 Again, Stephen relives is high school days although he is an adult. Only difference is he remains an adult for the entirety of the film without relying on Matthew Perry.
6) CJ7 (長江七號)
In this rare occasion, Stephen shows his sensible side as an impoverished widowed father whose son befriends an adorable alien. With a mellow plot and sympathetic situations, the film has earned its place as his most tear jerking film to date.
5) A Chinese Odyssey Part One: Pandora’s Box (西遊記第一百零一回之月光寶盒)
& A Chinese Odyssey Part Two: Cinderella (西遊記大結局之仙履奇緣)
Here lies the Stephen’s first parody to Journey to the West. Rather than emphasizing on the moral lessons behind the original story, he sets the film in a comedic alternate plot-line where the Monkey King betrays his master. If you are into bodily mutilations, count how many times his libido gets abused.
4) Kung Fu Hustle (功夫)
Kung Fu Hustle is probably the single most recognizable film on this list. Stephen displays a change of style from is previously works to appeal to the international audience. Rather than dosing the film with witty Hong Kong dialogue, the film is filled with comedic physical abuse and grand fight sequences that can be understood and appreciated by all.
3) Hail the Judge (九品芝麻官)
Although the film is a comedy, tragedy plagues the film as Stephen plays a corrupt and publicly-hated judge who has a change of heart after witnessing a rape victim get framed for the death of her entire family.
2) Shaolin Soccer (少林足球)
The film marks Stephen’s major transition into the mainland Chinese market and computer graphics. Stephen keeps things modest as he builds a soccer team from former Shaolin monks to promote the Shaolin Monastery. The film teaches us a valuable lesson too. Steroids are bad because they don’t help you win championships.
1) God of Cookery (食神)
Bow down to Stephen’s best film as it brings in a perfect balance of comedy and tragedy sprinkled with his trademark witty dialogues and a dash of romance. Caught up in his own cockiness and corruption, the God of Cookery loses his reputation only to rebuild his empire with a bunch of gangsters. Then again, no one should complain when they are being fed with money.
Hope you enjoyed the list. Which of Stephen’s films is your favourite?