Site Features
- Asian Film Awards
- Site Recommendations

- Reader Poll Results

- The Sponsor Page
- The FAQ Page
 
support this site by shopping at
Click to visit YesAsia.com
Asian Blu-ray discs at YesAsia.com
 
 
 
 
 
U-Man
Chinese: 怪獸學園
Gillian Chung of girl group Twins
Year: 2002
Director: Cheung Chi-Sing
Producer: Dante Lam Chiu-Yin
Cast: Anthony Wong Chau-Sang, Sam Lee Chan-Sam, Rachel Fu Tin-Wing, Gillian Chung Yun-Tung, Ruby Wong Cheuk-Ling, Lam Suet, Jade Leung Jing, Kenneth Bi
The Skinny: Interminable. The immediate front runner for worst film of the year.
Review
by Kozo:

Ninety minutes of interminable stillness permeates this supposed comedy from two guys who should have known better. Director Cheung Chi-Sing has given us lots of uneven filmmaking in the past, but at least he's shown care for his material. And Dante Lam is one of Hong Kong's most promising directors. With that under their belts, you have to wonder why U-Man turned out just as bad as it did.

Anthony Wong stars as Jesus, a really weird cop who gets teamed with "God of Undercover" Ken (Sam Lee). The two are involved in a botched sting on thief Skinny (Lam Suet) and the money gets lost. To find it, they go undercover at a local girls school. Jesus pretends to be Father Gum, a Catholic priest. And Ken pretends to be May, a crippled girl who's equally homely. Their targets are Miss Cool (model Rachel Fu) and Candy (adorable Gillian Chung of the girl group Twins), but how they single these women out is kind of a mystery. As is everything else that occurs onscreen.

What Cheung Chi-Sing (who also wrote the script) was thinking when he made this film would be a damn fine movie in itself. After the opening comedy sequence (featuring Sam Lee dressed up like Osama Bin Laden), the film settles down into a Fight Back to School/Young Policemen in Love clone. Except it isn't. Is this film supposed to be a cop comedy or a coming-of-age story? What's with the lesbian subplots? Is this Memento Mori? And why is Anthony Wong's acting so incredibly poor? What was going on with all the giggling between Ken and Jesus? Were they deliberately trying to mimic Beavis and Butthead? And why do multiple girls fall for May, who's actually Sam Lee in drag? This means that not only were they lesbian, but they actually find Sam Lee as a crippled girl attractive. Oh, what were they thinking?

It's really impossible to start talking about what's wrong with this movie. I could go on and on, but I'll narrow it down to one singular problem: U-Man is boring as all hell. Most of the time you wonder where they're going with this. The frustration while watching this movie can become tangible. You can almost imagine frustration sitting next to you, taunting you. It's sad that so many Hong Kong film awards were behind this (I count four among the principals), and it's mystifying that so much proven talent could churn out such an incredible turkey. The U-Man experience comes down to this: it's not whether or not the film is good, it's whether or not you'll be able to finish it. (Kozo 2002)

Availability: DVD (Hong Kong)
Region 0 NTSC
Universe Laser
Widescreen
Cantonese and Mandarin Language Tracks
Removable English and Chinese Subtitles

image courtesy of Universe Laser & Video Co., Ltd.

   
 
 
LoveHKFilm.com Copyright 2002-2017 Ross Chen