King of Beggars (1992)
Reviewed by: pjshimmer on 2001-08-01
Summary: Most impressive
A perfect combination of kung fu, drama, and comedy, KING OF BEGGARS is easily the best Stephen Chow film I've ever seen. There's even some very touching moments here, much to my surprise. Of course, the presence of Norman Chu is better than ever as the bad guy here, a role in which he excels.. The final fight is a bit cheap though, with Chow throwing the 18th technique of the XIANG LONG SHI BA ZHANG at Norman Chu and then him blowing up; all that cramed up in 5 seconds or so. Of course, that does mean the film is a throw-away. In fact, 99% of the material shines undoubtedly, It is only unfortunate that the crew could not come up with a decent way to have Chow surpass the kung fu level of Norman Chu. If you like melodramatic elements like I do, this title is most recommended.