films seen
10
average score
2.90*
nationality
Hong Kong - 56 years old
status
Alive and kicking
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Vincent Kok is hardly the greatest Hong Kong director, but if you're looking for cheesy, over-the-top comedy then his oeuvre becomes a real treasure trove. An acquired taste no doubt, but one of the better in his specific niche.

Solid pieces

Hotel Deluxe

by Vincent Kok
Bai Xing Jiu Dian
2013 / 93m - Hong Kong
Comedy
3.5*/5.0*
Hotel Deluxe poster

Mr. and Mrs. Incredible

by Vincent Kok
San Kei Hap Lui
2011 / 100m - Hong Kong
Comedy, Romance, Action
3.5*/5.0*
Mr. and Mrs. Incredible poster

Forbidden City Cop

by Stephen Chow, Vincent Kok
Daai Laap Mat Taam 008
1996 / 89m - Hong Kong
Comedy, Action
3.5*/5.0*
Forbidden City Cop poster

The inoffensive

All U Need is Love

by Vincent Kok
Zung Jau Ngoi Zoi Gaak Lei
2021 / 95m - Hong Kong
Comedy
3.0*/5.0*
All U Need is Love poster

Trademark Hong Kong. To lift the spirits of its citizens, 10 prominent Hong Kong production companies banded together, put all their stars into a single film and tasked Vincent Kok with creating a light, fun and COVID-themed comedy. And knowing Kok, he's truly the perfect man for the job.

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Various couples and friends end up in a hotel that is suddenly closed down for quarantine. They'll have to remain into the hotel for the next two weeks, even though everyone there has other plans. Old guys trying to cheat their wives, rivaling Triad bosses, a couple about to get married and the hotel boss trying to flee his sinking ship, they are all trying to make the best of these trying times.

The comedy is light but fun (if you appreciate the HK brand of comedy), the actors do a solid job and the film cycles through different genres (a little romance, some action, a touch of drama), though keeping things breezy at all times. This is pretty much a typical lunar comedy, only prepped for a different occasion. Amusing, but forgettable.

Dragon Reloaded

by Vincent Kok
Lung Gam Wai Yi Dzi Wang Mo Leung Leung
2005 / 101m - Hong Kong
Comedy
3.0*/5.0*
Dragon Reloaded poster

This is one for the hardcore Hong Kong comedy fan only. Vincent Kok is well known for his over-the-top comedy antics, Dragon Reloaded seems to be taken the old formula to new extremes. I'm pretty used to Hong Kong comedy by now, but even I was gasping for air by the time the film had ended.

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I think Ronald Cheng shouted every single line he was given. The rest of the cast is equally loud and hyperactive. Calling it overacting is a gross understatement. On top of that, the film's pacing is excruciating. There's nothing that resembles a coherent plot, so Kok simply dashes from joke to joke at breakneck speed. And while some of it is probably offensive by modern standards, it's clear that it's just for laughs.

Now that pure comedies are increasingly rare, there's definitely value in that. There are more misses than hits here, but because Kok moves so fast the good jokes tend to stick, while the bad ones are quickly forgotten. And because Kok goes at it like a loose canon, he's able to slip in a good few original jokes. Now, this won't be everyone's cup of tea and it sure is somewhat of a strain, but it's also extremely goofy and entertaining. Not a great film, but good fun.

Only Fools Fall in Love

by Vincent Kok
Dai Lao Bai Shou
1995 / 102m - Hong Kong
Comedy, Romance
3.0*/5.0*
Only Fools Fall in Love poster

Worthy but flawed

All's Well, Ends Well 2009

by Vincent Kok
Ga Yau Hei Si 2009
2009 / 100m - Hong Kong
Comedy
2.5*/5.0*
All's Well, Ends Well 2009 poster

My Lucky Star

by Vincent Kok
Hung Wun Chiu Yun
2003 / 98m - Hong Kong
Comedy, Romance
2.5*/5.0*
My Lucky Star poster

Gorgeous

by Vincent Kok
Boh Lei Chun
1999 / 121m - Hong Kong
Comedy, Romance, Action
2.5*/5.0*
Gorgeous poster

Dubious filler

Marry a Rich Man

by Vincent Kok
Ga Goh Yau Chin Yan
2002 / 93m - Hong Kong
Comedy, Romance
2.0*/5.0*
Marry a Rich Man poster