Comic King (2001)
Directed by: Sing-Pui O
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Yip Fung and Mong Wan apply for a job as an assistant artist at Big Empire Comics, but while Fung applies correctly, Wan sneaks in and jumps the queue on the applicants. While they are being screened with the other applicants, Wan manages to bribe the supervisor and they both get the job.
During the application process, Fung has fallen for the secretary named Mandy, who he gets to know better after he finds her still working at 2AM so she can make more money.
Also during this time, the boss (Lo) walks around the office checking on everyone and issuing orders. What makes him unique are his large 'blowfly' style glasses, silly smirk on his face, the way he walks around hunched forward, and always eats BBQ Pork. Upon seeing some of the ideas Fung has, he is very impressed.
Later after demonstrating poses with his assistant, Lo likes Fung and Wan's suggestions very much. Feeling confident after this, they decide to ask the boss if they can draw their own comic. This comic becomes "The Untouchable" and is very successful.
It is so successful in fact, that Lo wants Fung and Wan to sign lifetime contracts with his company. The way they get out of doing this is funny, but they also decide they have to be fired so they can start up their own comic at their own company.
They manage to do this and take most of the staff with them including Mandy. Their new comic "Knife, Sword and Smile", is a big hit and puts pressure on them to do even better next time.
In the meantime, Mandy has started seeing Wan, who is also frustrated that Fung won't approve of his story ideas. After an altercation with a gang, he decides to publish his own comic called "The Triads".
A rivalry soon develops between the two friends over Mandy and it has gave consequences for them and their comic. Will they work out their differences in time to stop Mandy from leaving forever? Will the next issue be released on time?
I liked this movie as there are many comic-book adaptations, but very few of them actually show the creative process behind them and the lives of the people involved.
This movie is much different than Crumb or American Splendor as it is a totally fictional account so many things are simplified and given a humorous angle.
My favourite character in the movie is the Boss for the reasons I mentioned before. It's a pity he is only featured at the start of the movie as the lead characters can be a bit boring.
For those of you who are comic book fans, there is not really much comic art on display here. This movie ultimately comes off as a different take on the romantic comedy genre, but it is still very enjoyable.