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Sixty Million Dollar Man
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Director: Wong Jing, Raymond Yip Wai-Man
Action: Dion Lam Dik-On
Cast: Stephen Chow Sing-Chi, Ng Man-Tat, Gigi Leung Wing-Kei, Tsui Kam-Kong, Pauline Suen Kai-Kwan, Joe Cheng Cho, Wong Yat-Fei, Mimi Chu Mi-Mi, Lee Kin-Yan, Johnny Tang Siu-Cheun, Alvina Kong Yan-Yin
The Skinny: Stephen Chow slums in this occasionally funny comedy that's more annoying than hilarious. The awful special effects add to the horror.
Prepare yourself. Wong Jing corrals Stephen Chow into appearing in this egregiously overbearing comedy that occasionally entertains but not before annoying the hell out of you first. Chow plays one of his stock characters, a rich egotist who spends his days fooling others and generally acting stuck-up and snotty. At school, he teases nerdy classmate Gigi Leung and her father Tsui Kam-Kong, who also happens to be a wacky inventor. Stephen takes out his neighbor's girl (Pauline Suen), and the two go to a local bar and engage in a jarring Pulp Fiction parody. Afterwards, her guy (Cheng Cho) comes after him and screws with him.
Stephen is saved by scientist Tsui, who rebuilds him as a shape shifting superhero, except he can only turn into household products (?). Undaunted, Stephen returns to his life by becoming a school teacher and charming the now-pretty Gigi Leung. And, events occur which give Stephen opportunities to turn into various household gadgets, i.e. a rice cooker, a toilet, etc. Sounds exciting, doesn't it?
Truthfully, there are a few good gags along the way, but the whole exercise is tainted by mean-spirited and tasteless gags, shoddy direction, and a story that has no real rhyme or reason. Other than the standard plot devices, it seems as if the script was written to satisfy the special effects, which are pretty bad (though Hong Kong is rather new to this sort of thing). And, many jokes are culturally specific meaning the average non-HK resident simply won't get them. (Kozo 1996)