three more francis ng movies

December 24, 2008 at 9:17 pm 2 comments

Best to worst

The White Dragon, dir. Wilson Yip, 2004

Francis plays a blind swordsman opposite spoiled and vain rich girl Cecilia Cheung in this 21st century martial arts redux. Full of jokey anachronisms and mo le tau humor, the film is nonetheless affecting due to the charisma and chemistry of the two leads. Francis channels Zatoichi with a twist–he’s a sensitive and noble, lovelorn guy.

Francis with bangs, The White Dragon, 2005

Francis with bangs, The White Dragon, 2005

He also battles a very bad haircut but miraculously manages to become more and more attractive, even though he spends half the film with his eyes rolled up in his head. The scene where he discovers that Cecilia thinks he’s handsome is classic–charming, funny and convincing. Kudos to Cecilia Cheung (who won Best Actress at the HK Film Awards) for keeping her bratty character light and appealing. Wilson Yip continues his schizophrenic directing career, combining wuxia, comedy, romance and satire in classic HK style.

Dancing Lion, dir. Marco Mak & Francis Ng, 2007

Kinda dumb, unfortunately. Sitcom-style humor about a dysfunctional family that starts a lion dancing business and becomes a HK phenomenom. Francis co-directs and stars as a forty-year-old hip hop wannabe dope.

Francis and bling, Dancing Lion, 2007

Francis and bling, Dancing Lion, 2007

Anthony Wong is amazing as a 72-year-old lion dance master–he’s very fun to watch in an otherwise dippy film.

Francis & Anthony in furry pants, Dancing Lion, 2005

Francis & Anthony in furry pants, Dancing Lion, 2007

Himalaya Singh, dir. Wai Kar-Fei, 2005

“Hey, you ever been to India?” “No, why?” “Wanna make a movie there?” “Well, what’s there?” “I dunno, elephants, cobras, yoga.” “Okay, sounds great. Think Francis & Lau Ching Wan will want to go?” “Yeah, and maybe Cecilia.” “Okay, let’s do it.” “And we need to find some Indian guys who can speak Cantonese.”

Cultural insensitivity, HK style, Himalaya Singh, 2006

Cultural insensitivity, HK style, Himalaya Singh, 2005

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  • […] been looking forward to this film, since you’re my favorite actor and your last wuxia movie, The White Dragon, is a great little flick. But somewhere along the way something went terribly wrong. It’s a […]

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  • 2. Jenn  |  November 12, 2020 at 1:58 am

    Hi! I would like to thank you for your detailed write ups on Francis Ng. I first noticed him in Family Squad, back in 91/92, and have loved him since! I love how he talks, and the choice of words he uses… he is funny and witty and no matter what role he is in, even if it was just a minor role, he would steal the show and made me notice him. Addictive, huh?

    Anyway, through your site, I discovered White Dragon (because he looks good with bangs) and I love the movie very, very much! I watched it with very low expectations, because it was no blockbuster haha, but it turned out to be one of the warmest romantic drama I have ever watched. The love story is believable and Francis Ng did a fantastic job as a blind assassin. Is there any role that he CANNOT do?

    I look forward to more write ups on Francis Ng from you. I also noticed that you did not credit Old Time Buddy (series) and 24 hour ghost story. The ghost story was hilarious but not scary, Old Time Buddy is SUPER hilarious and the series is my favourite of all time.

    Once again, thank you so much for Francis Ng everything. And for White Dragon. I am forever grateful!!

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