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笑八仙 (1993)
The Eight Hilarious Gods

Reviewed by: STSH
Date: 07/24/2001
Summary: Good stuff plus Ugh !

The opening and closing sequences is a virtual copy of the opening and closing of Chinese Ghost Story. Which means, for me, great stuff !

But this film is spoilt by the incredibly high amount of toilet humour. Think every film Stephen Chow has made added together, then double it. Really hard to sit through.

On the upside, there is a lovely theme. It is a light and subtle flute piece, which is very much incompaticble with much of the content ! And I did enjoy the obvious reference to John Carpenter's terrific THE THING in the penultimate scene.

Also, of the non-toilet humour (there is a little bit), the "two sips of milk" routine is a scream.

This film was partly made in Singapore, which may explain why the support cast is of unknown actors ?

Scintillating dialogue : "Ben never seizes to amaze me".

Again, you've been warned.

Reviewer Score: 4

Reviewed by: hkcinema
Date: 12/08/1999

Extremely broad (some might even say low) comedy about twoimmortals searching for the humans chosen to defeat a great demon who has stolen the Moon Pearls, and plans to use them to take over the earth. Each of the chosen humans represents a different virtue, though none of them shows evidence of having any such. A lot of the humor comes from the demon's shape changing abilities, but then, a lot of the humor comes from chamber pot jokes, too, so consider yourself forewarned.

[Reviewed by Anonymous]

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

A couple of gods travel to Earth in order to assemble six men and women pre-ordained to fight Lucifer, a nasty fellow who frequently demands virgin children for sacrifice. We have a lot of fun seeing Rosamund Kwan ape Maggie Cheung's role from Dragon Inn; but if that's too obscure for some, there's also an unprecedented amount of poo-poo and pee-pee jokes, including one where a guy courting Rosamund Kwan drinks a bucket of her urine. And another when two characters are frozen in martial arts positions, and a sleepwalker from the inn tries to serve them from a bucket of slimy brown excrement. ('You two must be te [sic] steaming dollops he [sic] Tree Men that grew after my fertilization,' he tells them as we scratch our heads.) I could go on.


[Reviewed by Steve Spinali]

Reviewer Score: 7