The Extreme Fox (2014) (DVD) (Hong Kong Version) DVD Region 3
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A long, long time ago, there was a little fox who wanted to become human. To this end, the fox started killing people and stealing their hearts, wreaking havoc in the city. One day, a beautiful girl named Xian Er (Chrissie Chau) shows up at the home of struggling scholar Wang Sheng (Alex Fong). As they begin to develop feelings for one another, they must contend with the jealous advances of bratty tour guide Xiao Cui (Tan Li Nuo, Magic To Win) and a series of spooky occurrences cropping up around the village.
|Product Title:||The Extreme Fox (2014) (DVD) (Hong Kong Version) 非狐外傳 (2014) (DVD) (香港版) 非狐外传 (2014) (DVD) (香港版) 非狐外傳 (2014) (DVD) (香港版) The Extreme Fox (2014) (DVD) (Hong Kong Version)|
|Artist Name(s):||Alex Fong Lik Sun (Actor) | Chrissie Chau (Actor) | Lam Suet (Actor) | Tan Li Nuo (Actor) | He Mei Tian (Actor) | A-wei (Lollipop F) (Actor) | Huang Jun Qi (Actor) 方 力申 (Actor) | 周秀娜 (Actor) | 林雪 (Actor) | 談莉娜 (Actor) | 何 美鈿 (Actor) | 阿緯 (Lollipop F) (Actor) | 黃 俊淇 (Actor) 方力申 (Actor) | 周秀娜 (Actor) | 林雪 (Actor) | 谈莉娜 (Actor) | 何 美钿 (Actor) | 阿纬 (Lollipop F) (Actor) | 黄 俊淇 (Actor) 方力申 （アレックス・フォン） (Actor) | 周秀娜 （クリッシー・チャウ） (Actor) | 林雪 （ラム・シュー） (Actor) | Tan Li Nuo (Actor) | 何美鈿（ホー・メイティン） (Actor) | A-wei (Lollipop F) (Actor) | Huang Jun Qi (Actor) Alex Fong Lik Sun (Actor) | Chrissie Chau (Actor) | Lam Suet (Actor) | Tan Li Nuo (Actor) | He Mei Tian (Actor) | A-wei (Lollipop F) (Actor) | Huang Jun Qi (Actor)|
|Director:||Wellson Chin 錢昇瑋 Wellson Chin Wellson Chin Wellson Chin|
|Subtitles:||English, Traditional Chinese, Simplified Chinese|
|Country of Origin:||Hong Kong, China|
|Picture Format:||NTSC What is it?|
|Sound Information:||Dolby Digital 5.1|
|Disc Format(s):||DVD, DVD-5|
|Region Code:||3 - South East Asia (including Hong Kong, S. Korea and Taiwan) What is it?|
|Publisher:||CN Entertainment Ltd.|
|Package Weight:||120 (g)|
|Shipment Unit:||1 What is it?|
|YesAsia Catalog No.:||1036640370|
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November 26, 2014
Alex Fong Lik Sun and Chrissie Chau wouldn't typically be my first choices to star in a Liaozhai Zhiyi-based tale about a fated encounter between a poor scholar and a kindhearted fox spirit, at least not for a serious retelling of the supernatural fantasy. But The Extreme Fox is played completely for comedy of the old school "mo lei tau" variety.
In this parody of the Liaozhai classic, scholar Wang Sheng returns home after failing the imperial exams yet again, and finds that the village chief has rented out his ancestral home to a mysterious girl. All signs point to her being a fox spirit, but no one seems too bothered by this after some initial scares. Wang Sheng hatches a plan to revitalize his impoverished hometown by turning it into a fox spirit tourism spot, complete with tour groups and trinkets, a haunted house of cheap scares and Lam Suet as a tour guide. The town's tourism boom and newfound popularity, however, also bring some demon hunters to the neighborhood.
The Extreme Fox is the first feature film in over a decade from Wellson Chin, the director of the classic Inspector Wears Skirts series and a bunch of other random films from the eighties and nineties. Indeed, The Extreme Fox is made in the same vein as the silly Hong Kong costume comedies of the nineties, only instead of big stars hamming and slumming for laughs and box office, we get a B-movie appropriate cast for a lesser imitation.
Don't take it seriously and The Extreme Fox can be surprisingly funny and enjoyable. Visual and verbal gags abound with characters speaking in modern colloquialisms and curses, Chrissie donning a ridiculous fox mask, and a supremely evil guy murdering out of vanity. Ninja moves are also busted out at the end, because that makes sense. Adding to the throwback comedy factor is the fact that the English subtitles are a bit off, both for creative grammar reasons and because the subtitles are based on the Mandarin dialogue rather than the Cantonese, which is the recommended track for viewing since the leads speak Cantonese.