| Royal Tramp (1992)
Director: Wong Jing
Starring: Stephen Chiau, Cheung Man
How does an uneducated, poor son of a
prostitute rise to simultaneously become a rich baron of the Manchu
court, as well as a high officer of the opposition forces? For Bond
(Chow), all it takes is a little tact and ambition. It's getting his
mother to change jobs which is the tough part.
Visually sumptuous parody of Hong
Kong's recent swordplay epics, the smart aleck Stephen Chow succeeds as
the improbably named Wilson Bond, a fast-thinking lowlife who gets
caught up in one tangled court intrigue after another, pledging his
loyalty to whoever is threatening him at the moment and playing all
sides off against each other while trying to figure a way out of the
incredible mess he's in.
In the process he gets involved with
the saucy Dowager Empress (despite the protestations of his female
guards, lovely identical twins who are promised to him should he finish
his project successfully). This film features Brilliant slapstick. Ng
Man Tat plays a wacky eunuch, funny as always but a little heavy handed.
Cute Chingmy Yau plays the Emperor's brother. Great fun.
List Price: US $26.95
Cantonese / Mandarin
English / Traditional Chinese
/ Simplified Chinese / Korean / Japanese
/ Thai / Malaysia / Spanish
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