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Recommend me some good HK and Korean comedies!

Old 09-02-05, 09:09 AM
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Recommend me some good HK and Korean comedies!

So I've built a modest-sized collection of Hong Kong and Korean movies, and I just realized how few comedies I own. Most of my HK/K movies are either drama, action, or romance films. I'd say most of them aren't exactly feel-good or uplifting movies. I think I've stayed away from Asian comedies in general because a lot of their cover art look corny.

Here are the Korean films I own with at least some comedy elements:

Innocent Steps
She's on Duty
Windstruck
Arahan
My Little Bride
My Tutor Friend
My Sassy Girl


Wow. Apparently, all but one of my Korean comedies happen to be rom-coms too.

I don't own any HK comedies.

I am open to recommendations! If possible, I'd like an explanation with some of them (e.g. original jokes, good comedic actors, chemistry, etc.). Thanks!
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At the top of my head, as far as Korean comedies go I would recommend: My wife is a gangster, Ghost House and To catch a virgin ghost (aka Sicily 2km).
I haven't watched that many HK comedies but obviously Shaolin Soccer and Kung Fu Hustle comes to mind.
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I watched that Kung Fu Majhong last week and found it amusing. This is coming from a person who has never really like HK comedies before either.
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Hana & Alice - I bought it a few weeks ago. Such a good movie, but I didn't really see it as a comedy.
Kung Fu Hustle - Planning on getting that upcoming 2-discer from HK. I really, really, really, really loved this movie.
Shaolin Soccer - Planning on getting the R3K Spectrum 3-discer (love the price). I'm sure I'll love it.

I saw Kung Fu Mahjong a couple weeks ago during a bus tour. It was a Chinese agency and KFM was one of the films they played without English subs so I missed out. It's cool that I recognized a few of the actors.

BTW, Japanese comedies (and other Asian comedies) are also welcome if they're not ridiculously expensive like most Japanese DVDs are. :P

Sisily 2KM looks really interesting. The alternate title is horrible; no wonder I never paid attention to it before. I just checked out the trailer and it reminds me of "Shaun of the Dead." Thanks, Thrawn VA!
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Attack the gas station
Marrying the mafia
Men suddenly in black
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Barking Dogs Never Bite (KR) - comedy about a few persons trying to get out of their situation in life currently.

Jam Films (JP) - a few shorts that were funny, a few that weren't so funny. But at least if you don't like it, you only have to wait like another 10 minutes or something before a new one comes out.

Chinese Odysessy 2002 (HK) - Romance comedy that I remember being pretty fun, usual royalty type persons trying to escape marriage and meet up with bandits who dress up like the opposite gender. The subs are badly timed, at least it was for me.

all could be bought from the usual HK distributors.
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Here's some Korean comedies I've liked (though this is just my personal taste -- I'm not a fan of rom-coms):

Whasango (Volcano High): If you liked Arahan, this could be a safe bet. Crazy, special-effects laden action/comedy about a school where everyone has crazy kung-fu powers. Students must fight against the new principle, who brings in "Teachers of Destruction" to keep order. Avoid the MTV-rap dub version.
The Quiet Family: Excellent black comedy about a family moving to the country opening up a B&B. But their customers keep dying, and they keep trying to hide the bodies so business isn't hurt.
The Foul King: I like wrestling, so I'm fond of this movie. About a meek businessman who moonlights as a pro-wrestler (specializing in cheating).
Save the Green Planet: A crazy mix of comedy, horror, drama, suspense, sci-fi -- really impossible to describe and do justice. But a unique and excellent movie (but be warned -- it veers between styles very quickly)

I'm not much of a Chinese/HK comedy fan -- they have their own sense of what's funny, and it doesn't coincide well with my own. I do highly recommend the Stephen Chow movies (especially Shaolin Soccer and Kung Fu Hustle) and classic Jackie Chan action/comedies.

I like Japanese comedies the best, but that's a different topic.
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Well .. since you're open to any recommendations .. here's some:

Japan

Dark
2LDK
Visitor Q (though, I'd advise researching before watching this one)
Hanzo the Razor series (a bit unruly, borderline exploitation for some)

Slapsticky
Getting Any?

Intelligent Humor
Fall Guy (one of my new favorites)
Branded To Kill (cross genre)
The Taste of Tea
The Pornographers

Korea

Dark
Quiet Family

Slapsticky
Attack the Gas Station
Break Out

China

Slapsticky
Anything Sammo Hung or Stephen Chow (check out the R3 Ultimate ed. of Shaolin Soccer if you like it)
Golden Chicken ("chicken" being prostitute in China )
Old 09-02-05, 08:07 PM
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Korean RomComs with varying ratios of Rom to Com, SpyGirl is my first choice of the bunch partially because the girl is stunning, the others are in no particular order:

Spygirl
Sex is Zero (grosser than American Pie, you will cringe as much as you laugh)
Wet Dreams
Wet Dreams 2
Flying Boys
Spinkick
Please Teach Me English
Too Beautiful to Lie
Mr Handy aka If Something Happens to Somebody Somewhere, He Always Shows Up, Chief Hong
100 Days with Mr. Arrogant
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koreanfilm.org has a forum too, thats a good place to ask a Q like this : very knowledgable folk around there...
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I'll try KoreanFilm.org too. Thanks!
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Originally Posted by Vision of Love
Sisily 2KM looks really interesting. ............... I just checked out the trailer and it reminds me of "Shaun of the Dead."
In case you haven't seen it, you might be interested in the Thai film Sars Wars. I thought it was much closer to "Shaun of the Dead" than "Sisily 2KM". Personally, I enjoyed Sars Wars a fair bit more than "Shaun of the Dead" (which I thought had more than a few flat portions). Sure, Sars Wars' goodness comes more in the bad-movie-goodness sense, but I did find it highly entertaining and if I were to re-watch one of them it would easily be Sars Wars over "Shaun of the Dead".

As far as a Korean recommendation, I'd say Thief Maker aka "Can't Live Without Robbery" aka "Steal It If You Can".
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Sisily 2KM looks really interesting. The alternate title is horrible; no wonder I never paid attention to it before. I just checked out the trailer and it reminds me of "Shaun of the Dead." Thanks, Thrawn VA!
No problem. Hope you enjoy it.
My personal favorite so far though is My wife is a gangster, fore some reason I love this movie.
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Originally Posted by Thrawn_VA
No problem. Hope you enjoy it.
My personal favorite so far though is My wife is a gangster, fore some reason I love this movie.
I've heard the second one is even better. Any truth to that?
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Don't know. I actually heard the opposite. I have yet to watch part 2.
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For HK: Get Stephen Chow's movies. Older ones are still OK - I actually prefer them than Kungfu Hustle or Shaolin Soccer (although they are still good - I just don't like too much CGI). My recommendations: All for the Winner, God of Gamblers 2 & 3, Fight Back to School 1 - 2, God of Cookery, From Beijing with Love, Forbidden City Cop, Flirting Scholar, Hail the Judge and Justice My Foot.
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I went to Tokyo Film Festival and saw this movie which is very nice.It's about 4 men who decide on commiting adultery when thier wives are out of the country but the wives flight has been cancelled and then are in town.It's like a Cat and Mouse game Men Suddenly in Black
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Some good recommendations already. And some I did not care for much. For me, most Korean films that are just pure comedy tend to be too silly for my tastes. I go more for those films that may have something else as a primary genre (e.g., romance; heist; fighting) with comedy thrown in.

For Korean films I'll add

Guns & Talks: 4 hired killers bicker and run into problems
Jakarta: heist-twist film with a good amount of comedy thrown in
Oollala Sisters: Am I the only person around here who thought this was a fun movie?
Make It Big: three high school kids come across a whole heap of stolen money and have quite a time figuring out how to get away with keeping it

Here's a Japanese film I can recommend:

Shark Skin Man and Peach Hip Girl. more along the lines of "quirky and fun" rather than "ha-ha comedy." You can get an R1 for pretty cheap.

I could list a whole slew of HK comedies I have liked. Old Jackie Chan and Sammo Hung. Stephen Chow. And I love the martial arts/fantasy genre, many of which have good amount of comedy thrown in. Try Wing Chun; Flying Dagger (VoL, you may have seen my review of this over at DVDSpot). Another very funny film is Mr. Vampire. If you like Category III films, I also recommend the first two Sex & Zen movies and A Chinese Torture Chamber Story (I know, these don't sound like comedies, but parts are quite funny if sexy spoofs and silliness are up your alley).
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Saving My Hubby (Girl kicks butt with baby strapped on back while trying to find her husband)
The God of Cookery (Stephen Chow as a kung-fu Iron Chef)
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I've heard the second one is even better. Any truth to that?
This would be the truth of the minority since most people, including myself, feel that the second one is nowehere near as good as the original.
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Love on a Diet (HK- Sammi Cheng and Andy Lau)
Oh! Brothers (Korea- Lee Jung Jae- the male lead in "Il Mare")

And as mentioned, "My Wife is a Gangster" and "Foul King"
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O yeah, wanna bit sleazy one? from Korea: "Sex is Zero"
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I will second the recommendations of Men Suddenly in Black. It's a very unique combination of sex comedy and gangster film parody. Also from Hong Kong:

The Chinese Feast - Romantic comedy starring Anita Yuen and Leslie Cheung; directed by Tsui Hark
Bio Zombie - Horror-comedy starring Jordan Chan and Sam Lee
He's a Woman, She's a Man - Cross-dressing comedy-of-errors starring Anita Yuen and Leslie Cheung; directed by Peter Chan
Love Undercover - Romantic comedy starring Miriam Yeung and Daniel Wu

From Korea:

Hello, Dharma - Gangsters take over a Buddhist monastery with humorous results; the sequel has the monks travelling to Seoul
Lovely Rivals - Female teacher and grade-schooler compete for the affections of a new male teacher; starring Yeom Jung-Ah (A Tale of Two Sisters)
My Boss, My Hero - A gangster returns to high school to earn his diploma

Also recommended are The Quiet Family and The Foul King, if only for Song Kang-Ho's performances.

Hope these help!

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