Reviewed by: j.crawford
Summary: Garish Smorgasbord
This week I celebrated the Lunar New Year watching Super Model. I can't believe I waited so long to catch this campy comedy film from director/writer Vincent Kok. Featuring the comedy stylings of Ronald Cheng supported by Sammy Leung, Sam Lee, and host of other Hong Kong comedy players, Kok's movie is a crazy amalgram. Visually, the film is a garish smorgasbord of color, sound, and language. I had a good time kicking off the Year of the Snake.
Reviewer Score: 6
Reviewed by: bkasten
Summary: Two words, thrice: Just Barely
Maybe my intolerance can be attributed to my old age (OK, not old....but 'old' infofar as I am no longer truly 'young').
Reviewer Score: 5
Whatever the case, this film is over-the-top-camp material that I find to be just barely watchable...
...but note the emphasis on 'just barely'...the reviewer actually did make it to the end of the film...
And in actuality, when taken as a whole, it almost works. Indeed, director Vincent Kok definitely has something. Whether it is talent, luck, appropriately bad taste, or whatever: all of the films he's made seem to have just ('just barely', in some cases) enough to get you to the end--while, overall, enjoying the ride. 'Dragon Loaded' and 'My Lucky Star' come to mind as his signature vehicles.
As for this film, Ronald Cheng and Karena Lam are the leads. And indeed as in past Kok films, Ronald Cheng has a decent screen presence. There are even a couple of semi-great moments--including a spoof of Bruce Lee (or rather the double that played him in 'Game of Death').
Karena, on the other hand, with her innocent cuteness (probably a carryover [cum hangover] from her 'July Rhapsody' debut), is beginning to wear rather thin--which is about all that can be said of her performance here. Other viewers not having seen her in other works, will likely fall for that puppy-dog look. The spell, however, has long since worn off on me....
On the other hand, the most beautiful flower-vase in all of Asia--Rain Li Choi-Wah: her spell has most definitely NOT worn off...nor ever will!
Little else of note in the film--most especially the plot.
Hard to recommend. But if you find yourself in front of the film, give it 15-20 minutes...and see what you think...and you may find yourself sticking aaround until the end.
Reviewed by: barrst
Summary: Do you like camp?
Ronald Cheng plays top model Mandom, Karena Lam plays a policewoman assigned to protect him.
Featuring outrageous costumes and occasionally funny jokes, Super Model struts its way through its 105 minute running time. Unfortunately, much of the humor is forced, but the bizarre costumes never disappoint. I'm glad some movie finally parodied the wacky outfits HK stars wear.
The movie has a consistent campy tone, almost like a 1960's Batman TV episode for lack of a better way to describe it. Karena tries her hand at comedy, but really doesn't succeed.