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Richie Jen (Actor) | Barbie Hsu (Actor) | Law Ka Ying (Actor) | Nat Chan (Actor)
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The classic play The Matching of Dragon and Phoenix has been retold in contemporary cinema multiple times, including director Jeff Lau's Chinese Odyssey 2002. Now, 72 Tenants of Prosperity co-director Chung Shue Kai offers his own take on the tale with the hilarious comedy Adventure of the King. As its title suggests, the film follows the journey of a curious king who escapes the confines of the palace and falls in love with a commoner in the process. In this version, Richie Jen (Summer Holiday, Marry a Rich Man) plays the mischievous king, and he's being paired up for the first time with Barbie Hsu (Hot Summer Days, Connected), who plays a feisty restaurant owner. As the second production of the 5510 production plan (Five years, 500 million yuan total budget, 10 films), Adventure of the King takes place in the same universe as the plan's Flirting Scholar 2, resulting in a hilarious cameo by the four scholars, including the one played by Richie himself!

Zhu Zhengde (Richie Jen) is a king that longs to see the world beyond the palace. To get away from being matched with ugly potential brides, Zhu decides to escape the palace with his advisors (Law Kar Ying and Bruce Leung). However, a gambling mishap causes Zhu to lose his memory and become separated from his group. Fortunately, he is taken in by Phoenix (Barbie Hsu), the kind owner of the Lung Fung Inn and one tough lady. Remembering the luxurious cuisine he had in the palace, Zhu helps invent new dishes for the Lung Fun Inn, making it the new hot spot in town. However, with Zhu's evil uncle looking to take up the throne, Zhu cannot stay at the Lung Fung Inn forever.

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Product Title: Adventure Of The King (DVD) (Hong Kong Version) 龍鳳店 (DVD) (香港版) 龙凤店 (DVD) (香港版) Adventure Of The King (DVD) (Hong Kong Version) Adventure Of The King (DVD) (Hong Kong Version)
Artist Name(s): Richie Jen (Actor) | Barbie Hsu (Actor) | Law Ka Ying (Actor) | Nat Chan (Actor) | Huo Si Yan (Actor) | Lam Wai (Actor) | Bruce Liang (Actor) | Pan Chang Jiang (Actor) | Huang Xiao Ming (Actor) | Liu Ya Jin (Actor) | Gong Xin Liang (Actor) | Zhou Li Bo (Actor) | He Yun Wei (Actor) | Zhao Zhi Ling (Actor) 任 賢齊 (Actor) | 徐熙媛 (Actor) | 羅家英 (Actor) | 陳百祥 (Actor) | 霍思燕 (Actor) | 林威 (Actor) | 梁小龍 (Actor) | 潘 長江 (Actor) | 黃曉明 (Actor) | 劉亞津 (Actor) | 鞏新亮 (Actor) | 周立波 (Actor) | 何雲偉 (Actor) | 趙志凌 (Actor) 任 贤齐 (Actor) | 徐熙媛 (Actor) | 罗家英 (Actor) | 陈百祥 (Actor) | 霍思燕 (Actor) | 林威 (Actor) | 梁小龙 (Actor) | 潘 长江 (Actor) | 黄 晓明 (Actor) | 刘亚津 (Actor) | 巩新亮 (Actor) | 周立波 (Actor) | 何云伟 (Actor) | 赵志凌 (Actor) 任賢齊(リッチー・レン) (Actor) | 徐熙媛(バービー・スー) (Actor) | 羅家英(ロー・ガーイン) (Actor) | 陳百祥(ナット・チャン) (Actor) | 霍思燕(フオ・スーイェン) (Actor) | 林偉(ラム・ワイ) (Actor) | 梁小龍(ブルース・リャン) (Actor) | Pan Chang Jiang (Actor) | 黄暁明 (ホァン・シァオミン) (Actor) | Liu Ya Jin (Actor) | 鞏新亮 (ミュウミュウ・コン) (Actor) | 周立波 (ジョウ・リーポー) (Actor) | He Yun Wei (Actor) | 趙志凌 (チウ・チーリン) (Actor) Richie Jen (Actor) | Barbie Hsu (Actor) | Law Ka Ying (Actor) | Nat Chan (Actor) | Huo Si Yan (Actor) | Lam Wai (Actor) | Bruce Liang (Actor) | Pan Chang Jiang (Actor) | Huang Xiao Ming (Actor) | Liu Ya Jin (Actor) | Gong Xin Liang (Actor) | Zhou Li Bo (Actor) | He Yun Wei (Actor) | Zhao Zhi Ling (Actor)
Director: Chung Shu Kai 鍾 澍佳 锺 澍佳 鍾澍佳(チョン・シューガイ) Chung Shu Kai
Release Date: 2010-10-29
Language: Cantonese, Mandarin
Subtitles: English, Traditional Chinese
Country of Origin: Hong Kong
Picture Format: NTSC What is it?
Aspect Ratio: 1.78 : 1
Widescreen Anamorphic: Yes
Sound Information: Dolby Digital 5.1, DTS Digital Surround
Disc Format(s): DVD
Region Code: All Region What is it?
Rating: IIA
Duration: 109 (mins)
Publisher: Panorama (HK)
Package Weight: 120 (g)
Shipment Unit: 1 What is it?
YesAsia Catalog No.: 1023657046

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Director: Zhong Shu Jia

The young Zhu Yuan-Zhao, called Emperor Zhengde during the era of the same name during the Ming Dynasty, was given to great indulgence. He needed to be entertained at some point during every day, otherwise he would become depressed and unable to perform his civic duties. Concerned only for his happiness, his mother the Empress Dowager ordered the construction of a mock "commoner's street" within the confines of the palace purely for his amusement. One day, the emperor returns to this pretend street, filled with officials from both civil and military ranks, each playing such roles as street vendors, city dwellers, traveling entertainers, and the like, all of them very much worried that the boy would not enjoy himself. As usual, the young monarch was looking forward to the little excursion, but hadn't counted on the weird and obnoxious Princess Chang Ci also coming along. With no real choice in the matter, he has to just accept it and the two go into the street together.
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Professional Review of "Adventure Of The King (DVD) (Hong Kong Version)"

November 16, 2010

More Chinese costume capers arrive in the form of Adventure of the King, another screen adaptation of the classic play The Matching of Dragon and Phoenix. The film was directed by Chung Shue Kai, who recently co-helmed the TVB-Shaw Brothers outing 72 Tenants of Prosperity and previously worked on broad comedies such as Beauty and the 7 Beasts and Nine Girls And A Ghost. The second in Chinastar's ongoing ambitious 5510 production plan, the film is actually a follow up of sorts to Flirting Scholar 2 being cut very much from the same cloth, not only in terms of setting and humour, but in that it also features a lot of the same supporting cast members and characters. Headlining the wackiness this time is Richie Jen (who also gets the chance to briefly cameo his role from Flirting Scholar 2, with an appealing female lead in the always cute and chirpy Barbie Hsu (also in Hot Summer Days and Connected).

Jen stars as the young emperor Zhu Zhengde, who has spent most of his life cooped up in the palace, longing to experience the outside world. After his mother sets him up with a shocker of a bride, he makes a break for it, accompanied by a couple of his trusted advisors and guards (including Law Kar Ying and Bruce Leung). Unfortunately, he soon finds life in the real world somewhat tougher, and after falling foul of a gambling scheme he loses not only all of his money, but also his memory. The kindly Phoenix (Hsu), owner of the Lung Fung Inn, takes pity on him and gives him a job, which he proves surprisingly good at, inventing all manner of new and popular dishes. Meanwhile, his evil uncle (Shaw Brothers veteran Lin Wei, who appeared in the likes of The 36th Chamber of Shaolin and Holy Flame of the Martial World) scours the land looking for him, planning to take the throne for himself.

Although not an actual sequel, Adventure of the King is very much a continuation of Flirting Scholar 2, almost to the point where the two are wholly interchangeable. Indeed there are a number of scenes in the two films that would be equally at home in either, or indeed both, and if it weren't for the differing lead stars it would be very easy to imagine getting confused as to which of them was which. For some viewers this should provide a pretty clear indication to steer clear, though for anyone who has enjoyed the recent spate of Chinese period set comedies then it basically provides more of the same. Certainly, the film is up to the standard of the genre, and if anything has the slight edge over Flirting Scholar 2 benefitting from being more focused and not having to cope with the absence of Stephen Chow.

The jokes themselves are perhaps not quite so scattershot, and though things do get pretty surreal at times, the film never descends too far into random nonsense. Cartoonish slapstick, toilet humour, wholly gratuitous musical numbers and pop culture references are very much the order of the day, and the film enjoys a comparatively respectable gag hit ratio, albeit with its fair share of groan inducing misses. This not to say that the film is sensible or coherent in any way, shape or form, with Chung Shue Kai keeping things moving at a pace just by throwing a huge variety of gags at the screen and seeing what sticks. This was always going to be the case, given the absolute familiarity of the plot, having been used countless times in Chinese cinema, most notably in Jeff Lau's Chinese Odyssey 2002. As well as the expected amnesia and mistaken identity gambits, a large part of the film is taken up with a "Chicken and Duck Talk" style subplot revolving around the Inn competing with a rival establishment across the street, trying to milk laughs from it basically being a spoof on Kentucky Fried Chicken (referred to in the English subtitles as "Kentacky" something which should give a pretty good indication of the level of humour.

The film's biggest asset is its leading duo, with both Richie Jen and Barbie Hsu on good form, helping to add a real sense of fun as they indulge in some distinctly dignity free antics. Perhaps more importantly, they also manage to stop the film from getting too grating when it suddenly attempts to shift into romantic territory towards the end. Although the relationship between the two is never particularly convincing, their pairing does at least have a certain spark, with plenty of playful banter in the build up to the inevitably schmaltzy ending.

Most viewers will probably have a good idea up front whether or not they are likely to enjoy Adventure of the King and so the most important thing to confirm here is that the film performs well by the standards of the genre, passing the time cheerfully enough and making for a decent amount of laughs. Fans of the form or the stars should certainly have a good time, and what the film lacks in originality or real wit it just about makes up for with enthusiasm and good natured foolishness.

by James Mudge - BeyondHollywood.com

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Customer Review of "Adventure Of The King (DVD) (Hong Kong Version)"

Average Customer Rating for this Edition: Customer Review Rated Bad 8 - 8 out of 10 (1)

Kevin Kennedy
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February 8, 2011

Familiar tale with gags galore Customer Review Rated Bad 8 - 8 out of 10
Summer 2010 was the season of Chinese royalty with memory problems. In July "The Jade and the Pearl" was released with Christine Choi playing a princess with amnesia. Nineteen days later "Adventure of the King" was released with Richie Jen cast as an emperor with amnesia. Lotta that going around, I guess. Actually, I wouldn't mind having a touch of amnesia myself to forget the tasteless jokes in the first half of "Adventure of the King"; fortunately, the movie gets much better in its second half.

Emperor Zhu Zhengde, as fictional emperors are wont to do, yearns to escape from the palace and travel anonymously among the commoners in his realm. Gathering a trio of his top lieutenants, he sneaks off and journeys through the country, managing to lose all of his money and his memory in the process. Restaurant owner Phoenix (Barbie Hsu) takes pity on the amiable man, renames him 'Bruce Lee', and hires him to work in her restaurant. After proving inept at common labor, 'Bruce' brings success to the restaurant by advising it to prepare the same royal dishes his memory selectively recalls from his imperial past. Soon a rival restaurant threatens Phoenix's livelihood and a plot is revealed to eliminate the amnesiac emperor.

"Adventures of the King" takes flight when a playful romance emerges between the emperor and Phoenix; Jen and Hsu share a sweet chemistry. The romance is ably supported by a hilarious running joke about the great chronicler Sima Qian (Law Kar Ying), a side-splitting sight gag about a certain famous fast-food joint, and the over-the-top martial arts mischief of Bruce Leung. Bear with the movie's mostly dreadful first half; the second half is worth the wait.
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