April 12, 2009

WHAT DO YOU EXPECT FROM A GUY WHO COULD EVEN MAKE PRISON BEARABLE?:

Chow Yun-fat makes a silly film worth it (Roger Moore, 4/12/09, Orlando Sentinel)

We've had to wait decades, enduring first subtitled Hong Kong films and later sputtering Hollywood attempts at turning him into a conventional Chinese character actor, for our first chance to see the great Chow Yun-Fat cut up the way he does in Dragonball Evolution. Whatever director James Wong was going for, whatever the studio intended in this film adaptation of a beloved comic and video game, Chow saw his chance to chew the scenery. And he took it.

As Master Roshi, mystical martial-arts master, owner of a dragonball and, of late, trainer to young Goku (Justin Chatwin), Chow goes for the laughs, and lands them.

"Believe it, punk, you're going to get your clock cleaned," he says when we and Goku meet him. He mugs. He grins. His every move is a calculated bit of tomfoolery. And he's a stitch, almost the only reason to see this warmed-over Far Eastern fantasy.

Posted by Orrin Judd at April 12, 2009 8:33 AM
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