The Mermaid

The Mermaid

A Chinese-Hong Kong production

Highest grossing Chinese film of all time.

Directed by Stephen Chow

“The more advanced they get, the more violent they’ve become.”

And the movie starts off with shots of ecological destruction.

Wow!

Sit back and take the ride from Stephen Chow – a master of satire kooky comedy.

This is a fantasy film interspersed with poignant messages.

Add a stylized Asian look mixed with some off-beat imagination.

What a combo!

A playboy business tycoon has bought a wildlife reserve for a sea reclamation project. And this development uses sonar technology to clear the sea life in the area. Unknown to this businessman, the surrounding sea is the home of merpeople, and the sonar has caused many of them to die or get sick. The few surviving merpeople live in an abandoned shipwreck in the gulf, and want revenge for the resulting destruction.  A naïve mermaid is sent to seduce and assassinate the playboy tycoon.

No spoilers here.  And I don’t do lengthy plot break-downs in my film reviews.

The Mermaid is a film with a moral conscience.

Money gain versus clean water and fresh air.

A notable cameo that I enjoyed was to see the film director, producer screenwriter icon, Tsui Hark who has a small part in this film.

Well well…. if you haven’t heard of Stephen Chow sit down for a couple of his major hits – being “Shaolin Soccer” and “Kung Fu Hustle” These two action comedies were international hits, and Chow is a mega-star in his native Hong Kong.

Go and see this big-hearted film with a message of love and humanity, good acting, and charm that is indescribable.