King of Comedy- -
Wan Tin-Sau is an actor who cannot seem to catch a break, since his only professional jobs are limited to being a movie extra. As well as being an actor, he is also the head of his village's community center.
Broadly inspired by, rather than a remake of, Scorsese’s pic of the same name, Stephen Chiau’s Chinese New Year B.O. topper, King of Comedy, is a potentially perfect vehicle for the deadpan star.
Wan Tin-sau (Chiau) has studied the theory of his craft but can’t even cut it as a film extra, spectacularly ruining an elaborate set piece in the latest movie by action queen Cuckoo To (Karen Mok). While trying to stage a two-bit production of legit classic Thunderstorm, Wan gives private acting lessons to bar girl Piu-piu (Cecilia Cheung) to help her please clients, by they fall for each other. Scenes between Chiau and the versatile Cheung are the funniest and most touching in the movie, which suddenly veers off into a gangster spoof before returning to the main plot for a rapid wrap-up. Jackie Chan cameos briefly as an extra, in a trade-off for Chiau’s bit in Chan’s Gorgeous.