Far­ci­cal finned fun

SFX - - Reviews - Jayne Nel­son

re­leased OUT NOW! 2016 | 15 | Blu-ray (HMV ex­clu­sive/ down­load Di­rec­tor stephen Chow Cast Yun lin, Chao deng, show luo, Yuqi Zhang

The Mer­maid is the high­est-gross­ing movie in Chi­nese his­tory, was di­rected by Chi­nese act­ing le­gend Stephen Chow (Shaolin Soc­cer) and has a per­ti­nent en­vi­ron­men­tal theme. But you de­serve a medal if you get past the first ten min­utes, which make you won­der how on earth it made so much money.

And yet... once you do, you might find that your brain has reached a level of sludgy, stoner, sub-Austin Pow­ers mirth that makes you en­joy the rest. You might even laugh. There’s a chance you might even laugh out loud. Some­how, gig­gles are there amidst the dross, and they just about save the film.

It cen­tres on a mer­maid – Shan (Yun Lin) – who em­barks upon a mis­sion to save her peo­ple from the sonar de­vices be­ing used by bil­lion­aire Liu (Chao Deng) to clear a dol­phin sanc­tu­ary for recla­ma­tion. Shuf­fling around on land hop­ing to kill him, she ends up fall­ing in love – and so does he...

Oc­ca­sion­ally gory, al­ways bonkers, this is so bad it’s al­most a must-see.

Ex­tras “The Mak­ing Of The Mer­maid” (13 min­utes) is sur­pris­ingly can­did and funny. There’s also a point­less spoof mu­sic video and a tiny be­hindthe-scenes piece.

Most of the film was shot in a heated tank, but not all: while film­ing in the sea Yun Lin was so cold that she cried!

“I think we should phone the plumber.”

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