ⓘ Gorgeous (film)

Gorgeous (film)

ⓘ Gorgeous (film)

Gorgeous is a 1999 Hong Kong romantic comedy film written and directed by Vincent Kok who played Los assistant, and co-written and produced by Jackie Chan, who also starred in the film. The film co-stars Shu Qi, Tony Leung and Emil Chau.


1. Plot

Bu Shu Qi is a beautiful young girl from a small Taiwanese fishing village who discovers a romantic message in a bottle. She heads for Hong Kong to find its writer, only to learn that it was in fact written by Albert Tony Leung Chiu Wai, a lonely gay man. She then meets the wealthy recycling company owner, C.N. Jackie Chan. They fall in love with each other. The plot is soon thickened by the rivalry between Howie Lo Emil Chau and C.N., both are businessmen and knew each other since their childhood days.

In the English dubbed version, some of the dialogues are changed and a few scenes are edited out. These scenes included one at the airport where Sandra Ngs and Sam Lees characters conned and robbed Long Yi Richie Jen who supposedly is engaged to Bu and another where Stephen Chows policeman character came to investigate after C.N. fought off Howie Los masked goons and Alberts friends who on Bus request pretended to be gangsters attacking her who in turn is pretending to be the reported missing girlfriend of a Taiwan gangster leader.


2. Cast

  • Tats Lau as Los assistant
  • Sandra Ng as thief / Conwoman
  • Stephen Chow as H.K policeman
  • Siu Wai Cheung as Shelly as Shelly Zhu
  • Ken Lo as Los assistant
  • Emil Chau as Howie Lo
  • Stephen Fung as photographer
  • Sam Lee as robber / Frog
  • Carmen Soo as Gloria
  • Elaine Jin as Bus mother
  • Jacqueline Li as Michelle
  • Shu Qi as Bu
  • Vincent Kok as Los assistant
  • Richie Jen as Long Yi
  • Daniel Wu as photographers assistant
  • William Tuen as Los assistant
  • Chen Sung-young as Bus father
  • Eric Kot as Man in Pier
  • Tony Leung as Albert
  • Kwan Yung as Los assistant
  • Jackie Chan as C.N. Chan – doubled by Sam Wong
  • Law Kar-ying as restaurateur
  • Bradley James Allan as Alan

Featuring cameo appearances Paul Chang, Maggie Cheung Ho-yee, Cheung Tat-ming, Asuka Higuchi, Jo Kuk, Lee Lik-chi, Mark Lui, Edmond So, Kai Man-tin, Ken Wong, Annie Wu, Kitty Yuen, Rocky Lai, Chan Man-ching, Louis Keung and Mars.


3. Production

Chan had long wanted to be involved in drama films, but had constantly been dissuaded by Leonard Ho, one of the founders of Golden Harvest and Chans godfather. Ho had argued that to ensure success in his films, Chan should play to his fanbase by only doing action movies and avoiding the love scenes that may alienate certain markets notably Japan. Ho died on 16 February 1998 and Chan left Golden Harvest soon after, seeking a change and a new freedom to make the films he really wanted to. This coincided with his growing fame in the West, due to the international success of the film Rush Hour.

Gorgeous was originally conceived purely as a love story, with Chan as producer, but not as one of the films cast. In order to secure the actress Shu Qi, the script of the film was re-written and a role for Chan was created. This soon developed into a starring role, and elements of action crept in. However, Gorgeous remains primarily a romantic comedy and so it differs from his usual all-out action films. The action scenes are fewer and there is no real bad guy character – the fight with the nominal enemy played by Brad Allan is a pre-arranged bout and both fighters wear boxing gloves – competitive rather than motivated by revenge or the fight for survival.

The director had wanted to use Chans office as the set for C.N.s apartment, but this proved impractical, particularly as that section of the office is on the third floor. However, many props from Chans office were used including his own training dummy. Chan said of his character C.N., that he was "60-70% Jackie Chan". The clothing the character wears, the training routine he undergoes and healthy lifestyle he maintains, his general good nature and his environmental role are all traits and actions of Chan himself.

Chan summarised the difference between the films Rush Hour and Gorgeous, stating the former was a job, and the latter was his baby. In Rush Hour his role was restricted to actor and action director. In Gorgeous, he was also the producer, editor and was involved in casting.

Although a romantic comedy, the only significant kissing scene was dropped from the main film for fear that it would alienate certain East Asian markets who may not want to see Chan in such a relationship. The underwater kiss scene was retained and appeared amongst the out-takes that accompany the films closing credits.

The film is notable for casting numerous, then, unknown actors who went on to achieve national and in some cases multi-national success. These include: Sam Lee, Daniel Wu, Richie Jen and Stephen Fung

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