| Wu Yen (2001)
Director: Johnnie To, Wai
Cheng, Anita Mui, Cecilia Cheung
An enjoyable comedic farce that tells the tale of
a complex love triangle between a female warrior (Zhong Wu Yen), the
Emperor Qi, and a spirit ghost who is in love with both of them.
During a hunting expedition, the emperor Qi and
encounters a gifted female warrior. The two accidentally release a fairy
spirit. The mischievous fairy wants to court both the Emperor and the
warrior and begins to cause much trouble for the pair.
A comedic farce based upon a legendary Chinese
fable it features three of Hong Kong's leading female performers in the
Sammi Cheng stars as the films main character
Cheung Mo Yim. A gifted female warrior who is destined to marry the
emperor and bring prosperity to the dynasty. Cecelia Cheung plays the
fairy spirit that comes between the destined couple. The nature of her
role has her playing both masculine and feminine roles. Anita Mui has
the largest role as both the Emperor Qi and his descendant Emperor
Arguably, Anita Mui is the real star of this film.
She is given the most material of the film and comes across with some of
the best laughs. Her performance as two male characters in the film is
only underscored when she later (as a man) dons a dress to portray a
woman. Sammi and Cecelia also give notable performances and the three
woman work quite well on screen together.
The content of the film plays very much like a
live cartoon, with sound effects and visuals to match. It also features
some traditional shadow puppet narration and narrative music sung by
Sammi. This creates some beautiful storytelling and in today's industry
where everything of late seems to be rendered by computer effects, it is
nice to see a film that returns to a bit of tradition.
List Price: US $19.95
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.