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The Mermaid

Date:From Feb 8, 2016


Rating on IMDB: 6.8/10

Xuan'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 Xuan and this encounter soon leads to them falling love with each other. Out of his love for Shan, Xuan plans to stop the reclamation. Unfortunately, Shan gets injured in an accident and vanishes into the sea.


Director: Stephen Chow
Stars: Deng Chao, Lin Yun, Zhang Yuqi, Kris Wu, Show Luo
Genres: Sci-Fi
Country: China
Language: Chinese
Release Date: 8 February 2016 (China)
Color: Color

IMDB User Reviews

Stephen Chow's trademark style of comedy is evident throughout "Mermaid"

by Tiger Heng (Singapore) 

This year's Chinese New Year is packed with Festive Films, from Monkey King 2, Vegas to Macau 3 and Mermaid.

After watching all 3 of them, I have decided to only write a review for Mermaid because it is the only one worth the effort and time.

The great thing about Mermaid is that while t is a comedy that brings the whole family together, it manages to bring in an underlying plot that teaches us important values about ecosystem and a life lesson about money and materialism.

While not on par with Chow's masterpiece like Kung Fu Hustle or Shaolin Soccer, Mermaid is better than Journey to the West: Conquering the Demons. The slapstick style of comedy of Chow is evident throughout the movie, and the laughter by the audiences can be heard echoing throughout the cinema halls.

A number memorable scenes provide some of the biggest laughs – such as when Shan made numerous botched attempts to assassinate Liu Xuan with various means and weapons from the sea.

Newcomer Jelly Lin is the latest in a long line of "Stephen's Girls". Chow has the knack of discovering an illustrious list of talented actresses that include Karen Mok, Cecilia Cheung, and Vicky Zhao. Lin is the latest muse to channel Chow's range of rubber-faced physical comedy and deadpan delivery of killer lines. Jelly Lin is reportedly cast from auditions with over 10,000 hopefuls.

While this film will not play extremely well with critics, it undoubtedly will have a good word-of-mouth as it is an entertaining movie with the right balance of humour, touching moments and good acting.

After watching so many movies is this Chinese New Year, I can say that Mermaid is easily the best movie of them all.

I look forward to Stephen Chow's next movie, and the opportunity for him to step in-front of the camera once more.

Love between human and mermaid

By laueric70 (Singapore)

The mermaid is a Chinese sci-fi fantasy comedy.

The movie is produced and directed by Stephen Chow. The movie got his brand of humour. It is a bit silly.

There is the human and mermaid love story. There is also a marine conservation /environment protection message behind the movie.

Basically it is about a rich playboy tycoon Xuan played by Deng Chao who has bought over a piece of land and try to reclaim land from the sea, he must first drive out the dolphins and other marine wildlife by sonar power. These angered the mermaids which send one of them Shan (played by Lin Yun) to seduce n to kill him. They gradually fell in love. This angered Xuan's ex and business partner Ruolan (played by Zhang Yuqi).

There is little chemistry between the leads. Zhang Yuqi is sexy compared to Lin Yun. The movie also starred Show Luo.

Where to watch:

Yonghua Cinema http://www.idealshanghai.com/venues/19/

Wanda Cinemas http://www.idealshanghai.com/venues/17420/

Shanghai Film Art Center http://www.idealshanghai.com/venues/21/

Stellar Cinema City http://www.idealshanghai.com/venues/22/

Cathay Theater http://www.idealshanghai.com/venues/2228/

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