Master Q 2001
Directed by: Herman Yau
Tagline: "A live action cartoon"
Miss Cheung (Cecilia Cheung) is adored by her male students who all have crushes on her. This causes a problem as they all mob her as she arrives at school and her desk is covered in love letters.
In another part of the school, Mr Nobody is working in a temporary job and tries to stop two gangs fighting. They are eventually stopped by a police officer named Fred (Nicholas Tse) who traps them between two soccer nets on his motorbike. This causes Don Kam to become annoyed, and he issues a hit on Fred.
A bit later, Master Q tries to convince the Principal at Miss Cheung's school to give him a job. We meet 'Potato' in a park, who is being pecked by a bird and is trying to get something to eat (he isn't successful and a dog gets kicked).
Mr Nobody and Master Q meet up with him and they go back to the artist's house who draws them (they are all comic book characters by the way).
Their creator impresses in his sequence by showing his skill in drawing with both hands at once. He wants to go fishing at Wudan Mountain (even though Master Q and Potato tell him there are no fish there), so he takes Mr Nobody with him to carry his luggage and gives the other two a package, which is only to be opened when they are in great peril.
His men reach the hit man, who is told off because he wasn't reachable by mobile, email or ICQ. The hit man doesn't want to stop the hit as his honour is at stake. While Don Kam is explaining the situation to him, he is hit on the head by a rock.
This leads to a very funny sequence where Master Q and Potato try to get away from the gang, but they cause an accident that results in Miss Cheung and her boyfriend Fred (the police officer), getting hit by a truck.
Miss Cheung has also lost her memory, and her Mum (a Councillor), wants Master Q and Potato to give a speech at her rally. It does not turn out that well however, and they both end up rescuing Miss Cheung when she is mobbed by reporters.
Master Q and Potato go back to Miss Cheung's school to get a job as a janitor, Miss Cheung also goes back to teach. At the end of the day, she finds one of her students is being harassed and she ends up playing soccer against Fred and his gang.
After the game, Fred tries to follow Miss Cheung and they both end up in the Police Station where Fred used to work before he lost his memory...
Phew! This is an extremely busy movie with lots of laughs and action sequences. The comic book characters are shown via CGI and blend in with the live actions very well. It reminded me of the movie Who Framed Roger Rabbit? in how the live action characters interacted with the animated ones.
At times the action does veer towards Wong Jin levels of tackiness, but usually they steer it down the right track.
When this movie was released it was quite cutting-edge (Shrek and Final Fantasy had not come out), so it is a good movie to see if you want to see the progress of CGI in movies.
You would probably get the most out of this film if you are a fan of the comic books it is based on or like movies based on comics.