Golden Chicken

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Kam veteran Hong Kong comic actress Sandra Ng is making a withdrawal from an ATM on New Year's Eve when she's held up at knifepoint by the desperate Bong Eric Tsang, who is distressed to learn that Kam doesn't even have enough money in her account to make a withdrawal. The two agree to leave and go their separate ways, when a power outage traps them in the kiosk. Kam tries to cheer Bong up with an amusing story about her life as a prostitute. This leads to a conversation that lasts through the night, and ...
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Kam veteran Hong Kong comic actress Sandra Ng is making a withdrawal from an ATM on New Year's Eve when she's held up at knifepoint by the desperate Bong Eric Tsang, who is distressed to learn that Kam doesn't even have enough money in her account to make a withdrawal. The two agree to leave and go their separate ways, when a power outage traps them in the kiosk. Kam tries to cheer Bong up with an amusing story about her life as a prostitute. This leads to a conversation that lasts through the night, and flashbacks depict Kam's evolution, from underage "fishball girl" to popular showgirl who wins over clients doing a deft impression of Jackie Chan circa Drunken Master to masseuse to long-in-the-tooth hooker. Outside historical events converge with Kum's story as she weaves her tale, detailing everything from her encounter with a celebrity Andy Lau as himself to her unrequited love for a mysterious gangster, Yeh Wu Kwan of Stanley Kwan's Lan Yu, to her longtime friendship with a former client, Professor Chan Tony Leung. There's also an unplanned pregnancy, which leads to an opportunistic romance with Richard Felix Wong, a wealthy businessman. This 2002 comedy Golden Chicken, directed by Samson Chiu, spawned a 2003 sequel, Golden Chicken 2. The first film was shown at the Film Society of Lincoln Center's survey Recent Films from Hong Kong in 2004.
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All Movie Guide - Josh Ralske
Samson Chiu's Golden Chicken, while chock-full of culturally specific references and Cantonese puns that outsiders will probably miss, is still an enjoyably goofy, bawdy romp that also, in the character of Kam (Sandra Ng), offers a fairly cogent metaphor for Hong Kong's evolution in the decades leading up to the turnover to the Chinese and beyond. Kam's adjustment to the political and economic changes Hong Kong goes through is highlighted by Chiu's frequent inserts of news coverage of salient events, which are occasionally remarked on directly by Kam as she tells her story to the despondent James Bong (Eric Tsang). While the film offers some sociopolitical insight, its entertainment value derives mainly from Ng's tremendous gifts, as she delivers a vivacious and nuanced turn as Kam goes through her ups and downs. Though her behavior is often morally questionable, as when she seduces a rich businessman in order to have him become a father to her illegitimate child, Kam's offbeat charm and her essential humanity shine through in Ng's inspired performance. Chiu changes gears effectively and keeps up the film's bouncy pace, never letting things get too grim or maudlin, and Ng's high energy helps in this regard as well. She gets good support from Wu Kwan, and from H.K. stalwarts Eric Tsang and Tony Leung, but this is Ng's show. It's a challenging role, as Kam ages from a naïve teen (okay, the pigtails aren't wholly convincing) to a wiser, wearier, but still upbeat middle-aged woman. Highlights include her spot-on Jackie Chan impression and her fleeting but unforgettable romance with a mysterious stranger (Wu). The ending has a deus ex machina quality, but in this instance, it feels earned.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 7/22/2008
  • EAN: 4895033731160
  • Original Release: 2002
  • Source: Panorama
  • Region Code: 0
  • Presentation: DTS
  • Sound: DTS 5.1-Channel Surround Sound, Dolby Digital Stereo, Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround
  • Language: Cantonese, Mandarin
  • Time: 1:46:00
  • Format: DVD

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Sandra Ng Ah Kam
Eric Tsang James Bong
Alfred Cheung
Eason Chan
Andy Lau
Kristal Tin
Hu Jun
Chapman To
Yap Wa Wong
Tiffany Lee
Arumimihfumi
Irene Tsui
Technical Credits
Samson Chiu Director, Screenwriter
Peter Ho-Sun Chan Producer
Matt Chow Screenwriter
Yee Chung-man Production Designer
Allan Fung Executive Producer
Jojo Hui Producer
Cheung Ka-Fai Editor
Peter Kam Score Composer
Dora Ng Costumes/Costume Designer
Jacky Tang Cinematographer
Eric Tsang Executive Producer
Kinson Tsang Sound/Sound Designer
Pater Wong Art Director
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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Golden Chicken
1. Chapter 1 [1:05]
3. Chapter 2 [6:46]
4. Chapter 3 [5:52]
5. Chapter 4 [7:22]
6. Chapter 5 [5:49]
7. Chapter 6 [6:47]
8. Chapter 7 [7:02]
9. Chapter 8 [6:26]
10. Chapter 9 [2:28]
12. Chapter 10 [18:18]
13. Chapter 11 [14:12]
14. Chapter 12 [10:16]
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Menu

Disc #1 -- Golden Chicken
   Play
   Chapters
   Audio Setup
      Cantonese
      Mandarin
   Subtitles
      Traditional Chinese
      English
      Simplified Chinese
      Subtitles Off
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