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Familiar to film fans for his supporting work in titles like AV and Mighty Baby, Jim Chim is a very popular comedic personality in Hong Kong thanks to his crowd-pleasing stage work and unique brand of humor. Many of Hong Kong's young stars have even taken acting lessons from him. The theater maestro now takes up his first leading role in Simply Actors, a breezy comedy about this whole business of acting. Directed by Patrick Leung and Chan Hing Kai, the team behind Born Wild and La Brassiere, the film is an entertaining mix of screwball hijinks, genre-bending drama, and gentle life lessons. Charlene Choi of Twins plays hilariously against type as a well-endowed softcore actress with a heart of gold, while Anthony Wong and Eric Tsang provide guidance from above as acting teachers. Test your Hong Kong entertainment knowledge with a line-up of name-that-celebrity appearances like Sandra Ng, Chapman To, Isabella Leong, Fiona Sit, and much more. Even directors Fruit Chan, Alan Mak, Wilson Yip, and Ann Hui take their turns in front of the camera for some amusing cameos.

Accused that the high mortality rate amongst undercover police is due to bad acting, the Hong Kong police send hyperactive Man Long (Jim Chim) to acting school to prepare for his next assignment. Man Long is thrilled as he's always wanted to be an actor, but he's just not very good at it, and he quickly turns into the black sheep of the class with his misguided overacting. But with the right guidance and support from classmate Dani Dan (Charlene Choi), Man Long just might find his groove in time for that undercover job.

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Product Title: Simply Actors (DVD) (Hong Kong Version) 戲王之王 (DVD) (香港版) 戏王之王 (DVD) (香港版) 戲王之王 (DVD) (香港版) Simply Actors (DVD) (Hong Kong Version)
Artist Name(s): Charlene Choi (Actor) | Jim Chim (Actor) | Josie Ho | Patrick Tam Yiu Man | Eric Tsang | Raymond Wong | Sandra Ng | Ann Hui | Hui Siu Hung | Vincent Kok | Chapman To | Leung Tin | Jo Koo | Sammy Leung | Wong Yau Nam | Ha Chun Chau | Wilson Yip | Michelle Ye | Lam Suet | Alan Mak | Derek Tsang | Fruit Chan | Fiona Sit | Isabella Leong | Chen Shu Yi | Tenky Tin 蔡卓妍 (Actor) | 詹瑞文 (Actor) | 何超儀 | 譚耀文 | 曾志偉 | 黃浩然 | 吳君如 | 許鞍華 | 許紹雄 | 谷德昭 | 杜汶澤 | 梁天 | 谷祖琳 | 森美 | 黃又南 | 夏春秋 | 葉偉信 | 葉 璇 | 林雪 | 麥 兆輝 | 曾國祥 | 陳果 | 薛 凱琪 | 梁洛施 | 陳淑儀 | 田啟文 蔡卓妍 (Actor) | 詹瑞文 (Actor) | 何超仪 | 谭耀文 | 曾志伟 | 黄浩然 | 吴君如 | 许鞍华 | 许绍雄 | 谷德昭 | 杜汶泽 | 梁天 | 谷祖琳 | 森美 | 黄又南 | 夏春秋 | 叶伟信 | 叶璇 | 林雪 | 麦兆辉 | 曾国祥 | 陳果 | 薛 凯琪 | 梁洛施 | 陈淑仪 | 田启文 蔡卓妍(シャーリーン・チョイ) (Actor) | 詹瑞文(ジム・チム) (Actor) | 何超儀(ジョシー・ホー) | 譚耀文(パトリック・タム) | 曾志偉 (エリック・ツァン) | 黄浩然(レイモンド・ウォン) | 呉君如 (サンドラ・ン) | 許鞍華(アン・ホイ) | 許紹雄(ホイ・シウホン) | 谷徳昭(ビンセント・コク) | 杜汶澤 (チャップマン・トー) | 梁天 (リャン・ティエン) | 谷祖琳 (ジョー・コク) | 森美 (サミー) | 黄又南(ウォン・ヤウナム) | Ha Chun Chau | 葉偉信(ウィルソン・イップ) | 葉璇 (ミッシェル・イップ) | 林雪 (ラム・シュー) | 麥兆輝(アラン・マック) | 曾國祥(デレク・ツァン) | 陳果(フルーツ・チャン) | 薛凱琪 (フィオナ・シッ) | 梁洛施(イザベラ・リョン) | Chen Shu Yi | 田啓文 (ティン・カイマン) Charlene Choi (Actor) | Jim Chim (Actor) | Josie Ho | 담 요문 | Eric Tsang | Raymond Wong | Sandra Ng | Ann Hui | Hui Siu Hung | Vincent Kok | Chapman To | Leung Tin | Jo Koo | Sammy Leung | Wong Yau Nam | Ha Chun Chau | Wilson Yip | Michelle Ye | Lam Suet | Alan Mak | Derek Tsang | Fruit Chan | Fiona Sit | Isabella Leong | Chen Shu Yi | Tenky Tin
Director: Patrick Leung | Chan Hing Ka 梁柏堅 | 陳 慶嘉 梁柏坚 | 陈庆嘉 Patrick Leung | 陳慶嘉 Patrick Leung | Chan Hing Ka
Release Date: 2007-08-30
Language: Cantonese, Mandarin
Subtitles: English, Traditional Chinese
Place of Origin: Hong Kong
Picture Format: NTSC What is it?
Aspect Ratio: 1.78 : 1
Widescreen Anamorphic: Yes
Sound Information: DTS Digital Surround, Dolby Digital 5.1
Disc Format(s): DVD
Region Code: All Region What is it?
Rating: IIA
Duration: 120 (mins)
Publisher: Panorama (HK)
Package Weight: 120 (g)
Shipment Unit: 1 What is it?
YesAsia Catalog No.: 1004898100

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* Screen Format : 16:9 (Anamorphic Widescreen)
* Sound Mix : DTS, Dolby Digital 5.1

導演 : 陳慶嘉、梁柏堅
Director: Chan Hing Ka , Patrick Leung







Man Long Chan (Jim Chim), a constable whose antics and showmanship win him best performance awards at the Force's annual parties, is handpicked by the Deputy Police Commissioner to enroll incognito into a Performance Arts Academy as an experiment in upgrading police acting abilities. Man Long is thrilled that his lifelong acting dreams are finally going to be realized, but quckly finds out that his plain looks and exaggerated performance skills are no match to his younger and better looking classmates. His only good friend in class is a fellow mid-term new student Dani (Charlene Choi), whose claim to fame is starring in a string of skin flicks, but is an aspiring actress with a heart of gold.
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October 22, 2007

This professional review refers to Simply Actors (DVD) (2-Disc Special Edition) (Hong Kong Version)
Simply Actors is an all-star Hong Kong comedy, which along with big names Jim Chim (recently in AV and Mighty Baby) and one half of Twins Charlene Choi in the cast, boasts an incredible number of cameos from the likes of (to mention but a few) Chapman To, Eric Tsang, Anthony Wong, Josie Ho, Sandra Ng, Lawrence Cheng and Isabella Leong. Of course, given this list it's quite natural to suspect that the film itself is somewhat of a mess, being written around their appearances, and this certainly turns out to be the case, with it basically being a crazed love letter to the acting profession. Thankfully, although it makes little sense and is incoherent throughout, it remains entertaining and enjoyable in the usual Hong Kong comedy genre tradition.

The plot, such as it is, sees useless, acting obsessed Hong Kong cop Man Long (played by Jim Chim, known for his overacting - oh, the irony!) being sent to drama school in a sensible attempt by his superiors to improve the performances of undercover officers in the line of duty. Here, he meets a host of colourful (i.e. weird and two-dimensional) characters, including friendly soft porn actress Dani Dan (Charlene Choi), with whom he immediately strikes up an odd friendship which soon seems to be inching towards romance. Unfortunately, Man Long turns out to be just as bad an actor as he is a cop, something which threatens to ruin not only his relationship with his long suffering girlfriend, but his life as a dangerous undercover operation looms.

The strange thing about Simply Actors is that it has a perfectly decent and inventive premise, as a spoof of Infernal Affairs and the countless other HK undercover films is long overdue. However, despite the fact that the first twenty minutes or so manage to pack in some genuinely funny parody scenes, the film then abruptly changes direction, ditching the idea in favour of acting school wackiness. Although this is a shame, this kind of shift is pretty much business as usual for Hong Kong comedy and the film's complete inability to concentrate on one particular narrative strand or approach is not exactly unexpected. Even by the standards of the genre, Simply Actors is scatological, though here this turns out to be no bad thing, as it offers a certain amount of chaotic variation which makes the film's incredibly long running time of two hours more palatable. Special mention goes to the finale, which sees the film launch into bewildering overdrive, throwing in an avalanche of slapstick gags which could have been lifted from any Wong Jing film, before crazily lurching into some laughably clumsy melodrama.

The main problem with the film is easy to pinpoint - Chim. Although he is known for his overacting and over-the-top style, here he is simply out of control. It's hard to believe that anyone would find his performance funny, though even if they did, he makes such a nonsense out of his character as to wholly undermine the film's later attempts to be taken seriously and shift to relationship issues - unless of course the idea from the director and script had been all along to portray him as a mentally deficient lunatic. To be fair, later in the proceedings he does manage to elicit a few moments of hilarity, though unfortunately for him this is due to his woeful attempts to emote, which come complete with facial expressions that suggest he is in desperate need of a visit to the toilet. Still, in a film like Simply Actors, this is fair game, and intentional or not such scenes do add to the overall entertainment value, and it's easy enough to laugh at Chim, if not with him.

Thankfully, the rest of the cast are much better, with Choi cheerfully channelling Shu Qi, on whom her character seems to be based. The cavalcade of star cameos works well, though it probably does pad out the film even further. The presence of so many of Hong Kong cinema's A-list gives the film a sort of collaborative air, as if all concerned thought the message were worthwhile and noble enough to get involved - something which in itself is quite amusing, since the only point the film appears to be trying to make is that actors (and even directors, as Alan Mak, Fruit Chan, Wilson Yip and Ann Hui turn up briefly) are tortured geniuses, misunderstood by normal people. Again, this kind of wacky, misplaced pretentiousness only makes the film more enjoyable, though probably not in the way originally intended. Of course, all this pales in the face of the fact that the film gives fans the long-awaited chance to see the mighty Anthony Wong spouting Shakespeare. This in itself probably justifies the existence of Simply Actors despite its overlong running time.

The film is a pretty decent Hong Kong comedy for those fond of, or at least used to the madcap excesses of the genre. Whilst the gags are predictably hit or miss, the film amuses through their sheer volume, and manages to entertain despite, or perhaps for those with a more cynical sense of humour, as a result of its many flaws.

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Average Customer Rating for this Edition: Customer Review Rated Bad 7 - 7 out of 10 (1)
Average Customer Rating for All Editions of this Product: Customer Review Rated Bad 8 - 8.3 out of 10 (3)

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March 27, 2008

This customer review refers to Simply Actors (DVD) (US Version)
Watch it for Charlene Choi Customer Review Rated Bad 8 - 8 out of 10
The review below by numinair makes this simple for me; I agree with almost everything numinair wrote. The story in "Simply Actors" is a bit of a mess. Jim Chim's acting can be awfully trying. But there are lots of wonderful cameo appearances by terrific actors (I particularly enjoyed Anthony Wong and Sandra Ng), and, blessedly, there is Charlene Choi. What a revelation she is in this film! She's funny, she's touching, she's sexy; she steals the show! Indeed, she is so good that I can recommend this film simply on the basis of her performance.
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January 19, 2008

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The movie was so great Customer Review Rated Bad 10 - 10 out of 10
How can I said 'bout it? The movie was so great and so funny. Well, there are something touching you also. Sa really doing good in this movie, her acting improve a lot, and I'm a big fan of her.

The movie so great and enjoy.
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September 11, 2007

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Quality Acting from Charlene Customer Review Rated Bad 7 - 7 out of 10
When I first saw Jim Chim it was as the excellent bank clerk in "Escape From Hong Kong Island" which, for me, I found to be a very funny comedy. Along with Chapman To who played the policeman constantly tailing Raymond Mak, it had some funny classic moments. This movie I was anticipating being somewhat the same, and a comedy satire it certainly is. Mainly, its all a self effacing satire about the HK movie industry in many ways. There's a vast cast of HK cameos with familiar faces throughout - Isabella Leong, Eric Tsang, Fiona Sit, DJ Sammy amongst many others (although no Gillian Chung, ironically). But this film is so raving starkers and 'out there', especially by the exaggerated character of Man Long, that you'll wonder if the title of this film should have been "Simply Loonies", after the closing credits. Its bonkers, it really is! If you ever want to be an actor, be warned, as you don't want to try what they do here at home. Not without good supervisions from a wizened mystic, anyway. I wanted to title this "Super Actors", relating to Charlene's last film (I know, that makes us Simply Fans) but its too crazy!

Jim Chin, though, performers well as an exaggerated arts performer, needing to improve his under cover police work and so gets enrolled into an acting school (exaggerating even the hand over 'face masking' procedures - sad/happy - bonkers/normal - I'm in this film/don't know if I should be - etc, etc, etc). Charlene also acts a lot more mature as a soft core skin star (ironically, considering her character type) and certainly she's more strikingly improved here. You can tell a paradigm shift in her presentation, facial expressions and presence - and maybe in an up and coming film, she could perform a very interesting part. "Diary" is still her best one to date, though. Here her acting is very good, but can only seem like a rehearsal for the next big thing by the nature of this film - as her quality cannot get enough scope here. Charlene's part is also more risque, too, not in any way tasteless, but you may be embarrassed if you decide to invite your gran around for a family video watch. At one point she appears in a skin flick, written by her aspiring manager (DJ Sammy here) called "Lord of the Drains" and plays the part of a house wife needing her plumbing fixed (stereotypically a bit like a Carry On film innuendo, but without Sid James' laugh). Man Long helps her by appearing as the plumber (due to Dani and Man Long becoming good chums at the art acting school) and visual innuendos commence. "To fit or not to fit, that is the question". Well, there is Shakespeare featured in this film and that line could have been appropriate- the mind boggles. (That was the edited version)

The most interesting part is when Man Long meets the stage janitor (Anthony Wong) and how he can more understand the art of none exaggerated performance by observing people in real life situations. By watching people faze in and out of an 'act' in everyday circumstances. Here its done with a lot of cameo actors ironically performing 'ordinary' folk and parodying cliches from other types of film events. Its all mad cap in this, though, and nothing heavily philosophical, but it leaves room for thought. That we ourselves are actors - changing our voices sometime on the telephone to impress, dressing in 'character' when you hit the town's nightlife or performing when giving speeches.

Although I'd love to recommend this and I'm sure Charlene fans will love her part in this (no doubt), I think this is only going to be a luke warm movie as a whole - and its mad, mad, mad. Lots of faces to spot. Okay, no Gillian (surprisingly) regarding the Twins Factor, but I think, this time, Gillian may hold the better card with her up and coming horror flick "Naraka 19" as this film is going to be difficult to rate approvingly. But keep yo eyes on Charlene - she is getting more sophisticated in her portrayals and could just hit a real gem in the near future.
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