Forbidden City Cop (1996)

Producer Wong Jing gets excellent value for his money creating a wild wuxia parody starring Stephen Chow Sing-Chi and Carina Lau Ka-Ling. Co-directed by Chow and comedian Vincent Kok Tak-Chiu from a screenplay they wrote with Edmond Lo, the movie is all about non-stop laughter.

Funnyman Chow continues playing the wacky Chinese James Bond action hero who is the ancestor of the character he played in his first directorial effort, From Beijing with Love [1994]. Look for Cheung Tat-Ming as the feared Emperor and Law Kar-Ying playing a character I couldn’t begin to describe, you’ll have to see for yourself. For Chow’s newer fans who enjoyed Shaolin Soccer [2001] and Kung Fu Hustle [2004], this is a rainy day must-see.

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