The Greatest Lover

The Greatest Lover

Dir: Clarence Fok
Scrs: Stephen Shiu, Johnny Mak
Prod Cos: Golden Harvest, Johnny Mak
Cast: Anita Mui, Chow Yun-fat, Eric Tsang, Shing Fui-on, Wong Ching
1988 | Colour | DCP | Cantonese | Chi & Eng Subtitles | 114min

A gender-reversed version of My Fair Lady (1964) with a comedic twist, The Greatest Lover is a zany and erratic screwball comedy filled with ridiculous scenarios and vulgar, double entendre dialogues—all unquestionably tailored to popular taste. A country bumpkin (Chow Yun-fat) comes to Hong Kong illegally and crashes a high-society party, where he gets roped into a makeover scheme to help a disgraced wealthy businessman take revenge on his unfaithful socialite fiancée. Etiquette coach Anita (Anita Mui) is hired to turn the clodhopper into a suave gentleman. What follows is a rags-to-riches love story packed with lots of laugh-out-loud moments.

Chow and Mui collaborated on-screen for the first time in this rom-com. Their rapport sparked chemistry as they play the unlikely pair. From a heavy-footed rustic to a chivalrous man; and from a dominatrix to a dainty lady—the superstar leads hilariously demonstrated their versatility and comedy chops. Mui also flaunted her varied looks with a stunning wardrobe put together by top costume designers Yee Chung-man, Shirley Chan and Bruce Yu. With Fong Ying designing the exquisite set and Peter Pau helming the camera, this proves to be a meticulously executed film that exhibits Clarence Fok's distinct visual style despite its farcical nature.

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Date Time Venue
2/12/2023 (Sat) # [Full House] 5:30pm Cinema, Hong Kong Film Archive

# Post-screening talk with Eric Tsang Siu-wang

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