Stephen Chow is best known in the West for his cult classics Shaolin Soccer (not football) and Kung Fu Hustle, however his upcoming release is something very different. Billed as a science-fiction comedy, The Mermaid stars Zhang Yuqi as the titular half-woman half-fish-out-of-water trying to save the ocean from being exploited by a ruthless real estate developer.
The official plot synopsis is as follows:
Hin’s real estate project involves reclamation of the sea. This threatens the livelihood of the residents who rely on the sea to make a living. Shan is dispatched to stop Hin and this encounter soon leads to them falling for each other. Out of his love for Shan, Hin plans to stop the reclamation. Unfortunately, Shan gets injured in an accident and vanishes into the sea.
Which doesn’t really explain much, maybe the trailer will make things clearer:
Nope, I still don’t really know what’s going on – but that’s probably because the only Mandarin I know is a rather delicious fruit and an Iron Man villain that shares my name. It’s also strangely dark and serious for a Stephen Chow movie, with some rather intense scenes.
I really couldn’t see from this trailer why it’s billed as a comedy, so I scrounged up another trailer which does just that:
That’s more like it! Although if you watch both trailers it’s like you’re watching two completely different movies. This is so confusing, but that only makes me want to watch it all the more – how about you?
The Mermaid will release in China on 8 February, and it probably shouldn’t take too long for an English-subtitled version to make it’s way to the West. Directed by Stephen Chow, it stars Zhang Yuqi, Deng Chao, Show Luo, Lin Yun and Kris Wu.
Last Updated: February 2, 2016