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Forbidden City Cop

AKA:  大內密探零零發 (The Imperial Secret Agent 008)
Dai lap mat tam 008
Big Inside Cop Ling Ling-fat

Directors:
Stephen Chow (as Chiau Sing Chi)
Vincent Kok (as Kok Tak Chiu)

Writers:
Stephen Chow (as Chiau Sing Chi)
Vincent Kok (as Kok Tak Chiu)
Man Sang Lo (as Lo Man Sang)

Cast:
Stephen Chow (as Chiau Sing Chi) –  Ling Ling Fat
Carina Lau (as Lau Ka Ling) – Kar-Ling
Carman Lee (as Carmen Li) – Gum Tso
Tat-Ming Cheung (as Cheung Tat Ming) – Emperor
Kar-Ying Law (as Law Ka Ying) – Fat-Yan
Tats Lau (as Lau Yee Tat) – The Ghost
Shun-Yee Yuen (as Yuen Shun Yee) – Two Face

Country: Hong Kong

Language: Cantonese

Release Date: 16 February 1996 (Hong Kong)

Awards:

Hong Kong Film Critics Society Awards 1997

Won
Film of Merit

Ratings:
Hong Kong: IIB
Singapore: NC-16
South Korea:15
USA: Not Rated
IMDb: 7.1/10
Netflix: 3.3/5

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This is going to be another one of those movies where I have to admit right up front that I don’t get it probably due to my cultural remove from the film. Forbidden City Cop is the story of Ling Ling Fat (Stephen Chow) who’s a member of the Imperial Guard for the Emperor of China, but apparently he’s not a very good one. He’s not very good at kung fu and spends his time inventing things like flying machines and this device that shoots pieces of metal at your opponent. Yeah. That will never catch on.

As far as I can see, the movie doesn’t identify the Dynasty or time period when it takes place, but my extensive research tells me that China had emperors from 221 BC to 1912…so somewhere in there.

Anywho, Ling Ling Fat ends up having to protect the Emperor from a group of supernatural villains, one of whom has no face, one who has two faces, and another who’s a babe that no heterosexual man can resist. All of this while keeping his adorable wife happy.

There’s a lot of slapstick along with the martial arts and swordplay. Think Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon meets The Three Stooges. Also throw in a couple of 007 references, in fact, the only part that really made me laugh was during the Bondesque opening credits: A silhouette of a scantily clad woman is dancing on a silhouette of Chow, as in the old Maurice Bender 007 credits. The silhouette gets annoyed with the dancer on his shoulder and swats it like a fly.

Other than that, it didn’t do much for me. I did see Chow’s Kung Fu Hustle a while back and liked that a lot more. But, like I said, maybe I’m just too culturally removed from it. Here’s a review from someone who likes FCC and seems to understand it more than I do.

The Misplaced Boy MST3K Scale:

 

Also, FCC violated my no upchucking rule, so that cost it a point.

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Professor Bobo

A MISPLACED BOY WILL RETURN

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“THE STINK OF FLESH”

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