Wu Yen | Chicago Reader

Wu Yen

A bumbling, dissolute emperor (Anita Mui in a male role) gets mixed up with a scar-faced woman warrior (Sammi Cheng) and a gender-bending fairy enchantress who seduces him (Cecilia Cheung). Directed by Johnny To (The Heroic Trio) and Wai Ka-fai, this 2001 costume fantasy is very loosely based on an ancient moral fable, rendered incoherent by the dizzying pace, frantic slapstick, and nonstop dialogue. The infantile humor deals with flatulence, cross-dressing, swishy ministers, and sexual paranoia—this is Hong Kong cinema at its nadir. In Cantonese with subtitles. 123 min.

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