film from Jeff Lau, master (?) of crazy comedy, finds Stephen
Chow as a mental patient/ghostbuster who dresses like
Leon from The Professional and talks to his plant.
Hereís the scoop: when a Hong Kong highrise is haunted
by the ghost of someoneís grandma, Chow gets involved
by teaching the security force how to fight ghouls from
the beyond. Karen Mok plays his love interest and greatest
fan, and she skews both her character in Fallen Angels AND Natalie Portmanís from The Professional.
This movie is wacked out beyond
all belief, throwing jokes at you from every possible
angle. As you'd expect from a Stephen Chow/Jeff Lau
collaboration, there's enough toilet humor, movie parodies
and general silliness to go around. Jeff Lau relentlessly
assaults our funny bones, taxing them to near exhaustion
with so much nonsensical silliness that it threatens
to be criminal. The effect can be fun, but also tiring
and even obnoxious and annoying.
Widely regarded as Stephen
Chow's least popular film during the nineties, Out
of the Dark is generally disliked in Hong Kong.
However, Western audiences with a taste for Chow's high-speed
antics may not be disappointed. Watch for an extended
role for Lee Kin-Yan (the guy who crossdresses in all
Steven Chow movies), as well as director Lee Lik-Chee.
This is probably Steven Chowís darkest and bloodiest
movie and itís actually frequently side-splitting. But
when it isnít, fast-forward. (Kozo 1996)