Golden Chicken

Rated NR 2003

This vehicle for one of Hong Kong's most underrated comediennes, Sandra Ng, tells the story of a prostitute whose life--from adolescence to riches to poverty--parallels the history of Hong Kong from 1978 to the present. A rambunctious comedy with a sentimental heart that at times turns surprisingly passionate, the film never quite clicks. Most of the creative team seems hobbled by the allegorical ambitions; only the overdesigned set and costumes, Ng, and Hu Jun (as a mysteriously sexy gangster) rise to the occasion. Hong Kong-savvy filmgoers might also enjoy the star cameos and the lovingly nostalgic re-creations of old songs, hairstyles, and attitudes. In Cantonese and Mandarin with subtitles. 106 min.

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