| Lawyer Lawyer (1997)
Director: Joe Ma
Chiau, Eric Kot, Chingmy Yau
Stephen Chow scores yet again with this hilarious
comedy in the tradition of his classics from the early 90's. He plays a
nationally renowned "King of Pranks" in 19th century China.
An upright Chinese barrister contends with a
foreign judge in the Hong Kong courts. A hilarious period piece from
The setting is late 1800's Guangdong (Canton).
Chan Mong Gat (Stephen Chow) is a famous lawyer more renowned for his
pranks on people. During a puppet show, he and his servant Ho Foon (Eric
Kot) meet up (so to speak) with puppeteer Lotus Shui (Chingmy Yau). They
invite her over to his mansion where they are about to play a dirty
trick on her. But before she arrives, Wu Man (Karen Mok), the wife of
Chan, has come back from England from her studies. She accidentally
destroys the plan of Chan and Foon. Later on, Foon and Chan get into an
argument, whereupon Foon leaves the Chan household and goes to Hong
In Hong Kong he is accused of murdering a guy
named Ho Chin (Moses Ho), and is framed by Ho Chung (Bowie Lam). Foon
decides to use Chan as his lawyer. The resulting sequence of events lead
to a somewhat entertaining conclusion.
Although this movie employs many of the 'mo lei
tau' tricks of his past movies, it just isn't quite the same. Perhaps a
case of 'been there, seen that'. More likely it's because Stephen as a
overbearing, 'not underdog' character is much less appealing. Worth a
couple of yuks though.
List Price: US $20.95
Cantonese / Mandarin
English / Chinese
(Can be played on any DVD player in the
"Some Content May Be Inappropriate For
Children" (roughly equal to an MPPA rating of
"PG-13") Films rated Category IIA may contain
mild violence such as martial arts, mild nudity that is
not sexually oriented, mild explicit language and some
mild adult situations.