_Pӫ (1995)
Fake Emperor


Reviewed by: hkcinema
Date: 12/21/1999

A simple-minded yet happy barber is called upon to act as theemperor's double. Sarcastic mockery and moments of false triumph bring humor to this turn of the century comedy.

[Reviewed by Tai Seng Catalog]


Reviewed by: hkcinema
Date: 12/21/1999

This could have been funny, but they've made it dreary and leaden instead! Fung Bo-Bo at least seems to have fun with her role as Empress Dowager (depicted at around the same time as in LOVER OF THE LAST EMPRESS, but played there by Chingmy Yau !!), but Francis Ng is singularly out of place in a role that demands at least a minimal knowledge of martial arts. The picture opens with a grand and well-photographed battle scene, and the first and last ten minutes are pleasant if unoriginal comedy. But anything in-between, particularly the endless and relentlessly unfunny palace pranks, are painful to watch. Only if you're very, very bored.

[Reviewed by Thomas Muething]


Reviewed by: hktopten
Date: 12/21/1999

Kinda stupid, but Fung Bo Bo did a good job as the Emperor's mom.


Reviewed by: spinali
Date: 12/08/1999
Summary: NULL

At the turn of the century, as colonial powers throttle China, the Dowager Empress (Fung Bo-Bo) and her dissipated son (Ng Chun-Yu, who plays five roles) draft an illiterate barber as a lookalike in case of assassination. Ng Chun-Yu tries hopeless impressions of Jacky Cheung and Chow Yun-Fat in between the lamentable martial arts scenes and in evitable piss-drinking gags. One guy across from me started snoring.

(1.5/4)



[Reviewed by Steve Spinali]

Reviewer Score: 3