Stephen Chow

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I’ve been a fan of Stephen Chow since I was first introduced to his comedic style in Shaolin Soccer over ten years ago, but it wasn’t until just recently that it dawned on me how much Chow resembles a modern-day Charlie Chaplin or Buster Keaton in regards to his storytelling sensibilities (and ability to wear multiple hats) while also pulling a lot of the persona of a Harold Lloyd character when he steps in front of the camera. He takes many of the recognizable elements of classic slapstick comedy and its characters and toys with them just enough to make them his own on paper before making them his own on screen. He tells underdog stories, but his underdogs are endearingly arrogant. He also tells love stories, only his protagonists are not motivated by the affections of a woman. His heroes are self-centered and pathetically so. Yet, like the love interests in the film (eventually the hero comes around) we can’t help but fall in love with them no matter what it is that motivates them. Journey to the West: Conquering the Demons puts us in very familiar Chow territory without, for the first time, the onscreen presence of Chow himself. Though, while it isn’t Stephen Chow in front of the camera, it still feels very much like Chow is in front of the camera.

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It’s been over 3 years since we’ve last been able to rejoice about the next film project for action/comic extraordinaire Stephen Chow, and he’s now making his way into Hollywood with his new writing/directing/acting effort based on a film from Hollywood legend Bruce Lee.

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After impressing audiences around the world in Inglourious Basterds, it looks like Waltz will be exhausting his English for The Green Hornet.

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Nic Cage is signing onto The Green Hornet right after Stephen Chow signs off? You can’t fool me. He’s playing Kato, isn’t he? ISN’T HE?

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Another bump in the road for a production that has already seen a ton of ups and downs. Now the question remains: who will step into the domino mask and drive Seth Rogen around while they fight crime?

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Anne Hathaway

The Rachel Getting Married star is reportedly headed for vastly different territory: the wild world of expert parodist Stephen Chow.

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The Green Hornet Gets Redlighted

The Green Hornet might be another victim of the recession. Or the recession might be a good cover for getting rid of a project no one cares about.

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Stephen Chow in CJ7

Fan reaction was incredibly positive a few months ago when it was announced that Stephen Chow, of Shaolin Soccer and Kung Fu Hustle fame, would be directing and starring in Seth Rogan’s big-screen update of The Green Hornet. Well it’s time to temper that excitement by at least half…

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Seth Rogen is a Busy Man

Seth Rogen laid down some interview tracks related to all of his upcoming projects, including Observe and Report, The Green Hornet, Ghostbusters 3 and Judd Apatow’s Funny People.

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Stephen Chow in CJ7

Write this down: The Green Hornet is officially one of the most anticipated films of 2010. Sure, there will be Iron Man 2 and plenty of other cool tentpoles, but none of them will have the magical touch of Stephen Chow.

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Stephen Chow tugs at our heartstrings with poop jokes in his first family film.

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Seth Rogen and two sexy women

The future is so bright for Seth Rogen that he’s going to need Aviator sunglasses. He’ll also need a taser and an ill-fitting pair of Dickie’s to step into the role of a mall rent-a-cop in the tentatively titled Observe and Report. Of course, it’s weird to say that his future is bright when, you know, his present is pretty blinding as well.

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published: 04.19.2014
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