Actor, director and movie producer Stephen Chow has done it again– his modern take on the fictional part-fish, part-human creatures, commonly known as mermaids, broke numerous box office records since it was released in China in February 2016.
His latest movie “The Mermaid” is a Chinese-Hongkong fantasy, comedy and romance story revolving around a young playboy businessman named Liu Xuan (played by actor Deng Chao) who has purchased an island called the Green Gulf to turn it into a sea reclamation project. Little did he know that it was home of a lot of majestic wildlife creatures such as merpeople who started getting sick because of a sonar technology placed by Xuan’s company to get rid of any living creatures within the territory.
As a plan to take back their home, the merpeople sends one of their own, Shan (Lin Yun), a beautiful and young mermaid who is trained to walk on her, errr… fins to find Xuan and assassinate him. The movie progresses to show Shan’s various hilarious attempts to get Xuan’s attention with the help of a poisonous urchin, a lot of roasted chicken and a half-man, half-octopus pretending to be his uncle (for you to get this part, you actually have to watch the movie and die laughing from different scenes). Things get complicated when Xuan falls inlove with the funny walking girl set out to kill her.
Despite a lot of Chinese living in the country, it is rare that their movies become lined up in Philippine Cinema. This movie however definitely separates itself from the rest because of Stephen Chow’s unique humor and seamless action scenes (yes there are action scenes!) that can still be appreciated by Filipinos. The Mermaid is out now in almost all Cinemas nationwide but probably showing only for a shorter amount of time. If you remember how you cried so hard from laughing in Shaolin Soccer and Kung Fu Hustle, you will most likely find Chow’s magic work just the same in this movie.
Catch a glimpse of the movie trailer here: