Flirting Scholar

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Flirting Scholar
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Directed by Lee Lik-Chi
Written by Wen-Qiang Chen
Lee Lik-Chi
Vincent Kok
Starring Stephen Chow
Gong Li
Natalis Chan
Bryan Leung
Cheng Pei-pei
Liu Chia Hui
Music by William Hu
Cinematography David Chung
Peter Ngor
Edited by Ma Chung-Yiu
Production
  company
Win's Movie Production Ltd.
Release date(s)
  • 1 July 1993 (1993-07-01) (Hong Kong)
Country Hong Kong
Language Cantonese
Box office HK $ 40,171,804.

Flirting Scholar (Chinese: 唐伯虎點秋香; pinyin: Táng Bóhǔ diǎn Qiūxiāng, Cantonese: Tong4 Baak3foo2 dim2 chau2heung1 ) is a 1993 Hong Kong comedy film directed by Lee Lik-Chi and starring Stephen Chow.

Despite the movie's success at the Box Office, there were much criticism of Gong Li's acting,[1]

A second installment, Flirting Scholar 2, was released in 2010. It is a prequel of the 1993 Hong Kong film with Lik-Chi returning as director.

Plot[edit]

In the Ming Dynasty, there was four scholars, whose literary and artistic skills are unmatched in China. Tong Pak Fu (Stephen Chow) is most famous, for having eight wives in addition to his expertise as an artist, poet, and calligrapher. However, Tong's wives are all gambling addicts, unappreciative of Tong's artistic skills. This leads to Tong's quest for a woman who truly appreciates his strengths.

The Tong Family have been generations of martial arts masters and has two major enemies: the Evil Scholar, a notorious swordsman known for The Deadly Scholastic Sword (書生奪命劍), Due to these rivalries, Tong Pak Fu is forbidden by his mother to use any form of martial arts.

One day, Tong stumbles upon the convoy of the House of Wah, and meets Chow Heung (Gong Li), one of the four maids in the House of Wah. This chance encounter convinces Tong that he has finally found his true love. On the advice of a boatman, Tong pretends to be a lowly servant in order to gain employment in the House of Wah.

Tong finds life as a servant very difficult, until Madame Wah (Cheng Pei-pei) discovers that Tong is actually educated. After some persuasion by Chow Heung, Tong is hired as an assistant tutor for Madame Wah's two young sons.

After the sudden death of the main tutor of the House of Wah, Tong is promoted and manages to get closer to Chow Heung. However, the House of Wah is suddenly visited by Chancellor Wah's political rival, Prince Ning, who is planning a coup. Madame Wah is injured, and Tong steps in to finish the battle in the House of Wah's favor. Prince Ning seizes the opportunity to blame the House of Wah for insulting him. Embarrassed at being utterly defeated at the hands of a tutor, Prince Ning leaves hastily, vowing revenge. In reproducing a painting, Tong reveals his real identity to Madame Wah, who is the former love rival of Tong's mother.

Several days later, the Evil Scholar returns to annihilate the entire House of Wah. Madame Wah attempts to defend the family, but is almost killed. Tong appears and after a fierce battle, Tong kills the Evil Scholar and earns Chow Heung's hand in marriage as a reward. Tong then discovers that Chow Heung is just as much a gambling addict as his previous eight wives.

Cast[edit]

Release[edit]

Flirting Scholar was released in Hong Kong on 1 July 1993. It grossed a total of HK $ 40,171,804.[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "周星驰巩俐《唐伯虎点秋香》经典片段 (Classic Scenes from Stephen Chow and Gong Li's "Flirting Scholar")". people.com.cn. Retrieved 29 February 2012. "观众看来其实两人并不搭,甚至巩俐的演法跟星爷格格不入 (Audience believe they [Gong Li and Stephen Chow] did not work well together, and that Gong Li was completely mismatched with Stephen Chow)" 
  2. ^ "唐伯虎點秋香 Flirting scholar /". Hong Kong Film Archive (in Chinese). Retrieved 15 November 2011. 

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