I’m Fat and I’m Happy
Although being fat is perhaps not a thing to celebrate in the modern age, life does not necessarily lose its colour just because one gains a few pounds. So why not check out these films of bigger people, perhaps they will make you see yourself in a different light.
Bye-bye doughnuts, milk tea, instant noodles, hot pot, chicken plates. Take them all away from me..." These are the lyrics from a recent song named Calories, that encapsulates many people's dreams of losing weight. Speaking of “fat,” perhaps many people would like to travel back to the Tang Dynasty (AD 618–907) when being large was considered beautiful. Nowadays, many people go to extremes in controlling their diet, working out and even resorting to going under the knife. Although being fat is perhaps not a thing to celebrate in the modern age, life does not necessarily lose its colour just because one gains a few pounds. So why not check out these films of bigger people, perhaps they will make you see yourself in a different light.
Heavyweight Agents Paring Up Fat Buddies (2018)
Secret agent “J” gets shot in the head during a high-level mission, which damages his intracranial hypothalamus. During his rehabilitation, he gradually puts on three hundred pounds in weight and suffers from severe narcolepsy. However, J still thinks he is a special agent. Soon he arranges another mission to go to Japan and retrieve some secret documents. Afterwards, he opens the file and decides to proceed with the hidden mission detailed inside. J then faints and ends up in a Japanese hospital where he teams up with an equally overweight security guard to take down a drugs cartel.
Directed by Bao Bei-er, and starring Wen Zhang, Guo Jingfei and others, Fat Buddies revolves around a pair of big-boned, bumbling cops who find themselves at the heart of a drug trafficking case. The film features action and hi-tech elements usually found in action movies, but presents the story with humour. In cinemas during this year's National Day holiday, the movie is a light comedy which has proved popular with audiences. Two overweight agents bumble around as they try to complete their “mission.” The director Bao s Bei-er explained how the movie tells the story of a man with low self- esteem: “Fat people are generally soft and warm. I hope this movie shows their lovely side.”
Changing Worlds I Feel Pretty (2018)
Renee is a young, witty and humorous woman of average physical attractiveness and fitness, but she struggles with insecurity over her appearance. Being fat has caused her problems throughout her life: she has been ignored in shops, overlooked by bartenders, and scared kids. She admires slim girls and so one day wishes to be beautiful—but nothing happens. The next day however, Renee falls off her bike, hits her head and loses consciousness. When she wakes, she has not changed physically, but she believes she has become as beautiful as a fashion model. She hits on a man in the laundrette, speaks confidently in interviews and approaches the world with a new found confidence. Her body shape however is the same as before and Renee is the only person in the world who believes she is skinny.
I Feel Pretty is a 2018 American comedy film written and directed by Abby Kohn and Marc Silverstein, and starring Amy Schumer and Michelle Williams. Amy Schumer, who plays Renee, is an American comedic actress who is skilled at approaching social issues around gender, class, race, sex and body shape to uncover the hidden prejudices and injustices certain groups of people face. The movie avoids the trope of trumpeting inner beauty over physical appearance. Instead, it is an almost revolutionary story which tells people to be active in changing the world and the world's opinion of you. As is said in the movie, many people only see what they are lacking and overlook what they already have. Therefore, use your confidence and impress others with your kindness and personality and make life better for you and others.
Undercover Agent Spy (2015)
Susan Cooper is an unassuming, deskbound CIA analyst, and the unsung hero behind the Agency's most dangerous missions. But when her partner Bradley Fine falls off the grid and another top agent is compromised, she volunteers to go deep undercover
to infiltrate the world of a deadly arms dealer, and prevent a global disaster. During her time in the field, Susan uncovers even more secrets.
Directed by Paul Feig, and starring Melissa Mccarthy, Jude Law and Jason Statham, the film can almost pass for the action movie Casino Royale (2006). In fact, the director originally got the idea to make a comedy version of James Bond after watching Casino Royale. Susan is far from the stunninglygorgeous female spies usually found in action movies. She is a middleaged woman who is not attractive in the conventional sense who manages to complete an impossible mission. Melissa Mccarthy shines in this clever action- comedy which highlights and focuses on the role of women. This was the first time Jason Statham, who came to fame in Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels (1998) and Snatch (2000), had starred in a comedy. The movie was such a success that Paul Feig has said he plans to film a sequel, with Melissa Mccarthy and Jason Statham likely to reprise their roles and return to the world of spies.
A Bite of America Chef (2014)
Carl Casper is the head chef of a popular Los Angeles restaurant who quits his job when he can no longer stand his domineering boss. He decides to take a long vacation and goes to Miami to start a food truck business with his ex- wife, son and a friend. Working from the food truck, Carl re- bonds with his son and ex- wife, learning to value their relationship, and rediscovers his exuberance and passion for cooking.
Chef is written, directed and starring Jon Favreau, who appears alongside Sofia Vergara, John Leguizamo and others. The movie tells a simple story: a chef quits his job, travels down to the southern United States, operates a food truck on the street, rediscovers himself and manages to bond again with his son. Perhaps in order to describe Carl's dull life, there is not much conflict in the plot— even the father-son relationship is not particularly focused. Instead, most of the attention goes to the gourmet food cooked under the guidance of or even personally by a professional chef. Because of this, Chef gained the nickname “A Bite of America” amongst Chinese audiences. Before this movie, Jon Favreau was best known for playing Happy Hogan, Tony Stark's driver in the Iron Man series. To support their old friend, “Iron Man” Robert Downey Jr. and “Black Widow” Scarlett Johansson also starred in Chef. The three old friends got together again after Iron Man 2, which became another highlight of the movie.
Long Live Friendship Big Hero 6 (2014)
Hiro Hamada is a 14-year- old robotics prodigy living in the futuristic city of San Fransokyo who loves inventing robots. Encouraged by his elder brother Tadashi, Hiro enrols in a robotics fair headed by Professor Robert Callaghan at the San Fransokyo Institute of Technology. The microbots Hiro presents at the fair win the praise of the audience, contestants and examiners. However, a sudden disaster destroys Hiro's dream as a fire breaks out and burns down the building. Tadashi, rushes in to save Callaghan and is killed in the fire. Weeks later, feeling depressed over the death of his brother Tadashi, Hiro inadvertently activates Baymax, an inflatable healthcare robot that Tadashi created. Together, Hiro and Baymax accidentally discover that someone has been mass-producing the microbots which were thought to have been destroyed in the fire. Tadashi's friends Gogo, Wasabi, Honey Lemon and Fred join the two, wearing armour invented by Hiro, and form a high-tech superhero team to combat the mysterious villain.
Big Hero 6 was the first Disney film to feature Marvel Comic characters, and is based on a series of Japanese action sci-fi comics serialised from 1998. The film was directed by Don Hall and Chris Williams and features the voices of Scott Adsit and Ryan Potter in the lead roles. Although adapted from a comic of the same name, the movie only retains the strong Japanese style, while the characters' names, backgrounds and personalities as well as the storyline are completely different. However, warm and cute
Baymax fails to raise the bar of Marvel superhero movies.
American Story; Chinese Flavour Kung Fu Panda (2008– 2016)
When talking about the most famous “fat” character on the big screen in recent years, the first image that comes to the minds of audiences may well be a panda rather than a person. Kung Fu Panda premiered in the United States on June 6, 2008. Directed by John Stevenson and Mark Osborne, the film features the voices of such Hollywood heavyweights as Jack Black, Dustin Hoffman, Angelina Jolie, Lucy Liu and Jackie Chan. Set in an ancient China populated by anthropomorphic talking animals, the plot revolves around a bumbling panda named Po who aspires to becoming a kung fu master. As the film is set in China, Kung Fu Panda has a strong Chinese flavour. The tall, steep mountains make the film as charming as a traditional Chinese landscape painting. Pandas, the prototype for Po, are China's national treasure and are known throughout the world. The main characters of monkey, viper, mantis and crane, echo the most famous and distinctive styles of traditional Chinese martial arts, helping the film become a huge hit in China after it premiered. Besides the interesting story and excellent production, many viewers marvelled at the way Dreamworks told an American-style story using Chinese cultural elements. In fact, it is hard to imagine that a film with such strong Chinese flavour could have been produced by Hollywood, rather than in China.
In 2011 and 2016, Kung Fu Panda 2 and Kung Fu Panda 3 were released. The two sequels not only tell a more complete story of the protagonist Po, but also add shape to the supporting characters and perfectly strike a balance between action and comedy. It is noticeable that compared with the first two purely American-made stories, one-third of Kung Fu Panda 3 was made in China, as one of the film's co-producers was Oriental Dreamworks. The company was established in 2012 and 55% of its shares are controlled by Chinese shareholders, with a first-round investment of US$330 million. There are said to be another three sequels to Kung Fu Panda in the works. Po has now managed to defeat Tai Lung, Lord Shen and Kai, and found his biological parents in his hometown as well as a life partner who is also fat. So, what will happen to Po in the future?
The Trouble with Plastic Surgery 200 Pounds Beauty (2006)
Hanna Kang is an ordinary girl who yearns for love. Although she has an amazing voice, being overweight and rather plain-looking, she can only be a ghost singer for Ammy, a famous pop singer who actually lip syncs. Hanna helps Ammy become rich and famous, but is unable to win her respect. She also has a huge crush on Sang-jun, a director who appreciates her voice. However, she understands that Sang-jun will never like her because of her appearance and so decides to undergo intensive plastic surgery from head-to-toe. After Hanna leaves the hospital, she has become incredibly beautiful and slender. She then creates a new identity for herself, Jenny, and participates in an audition to become Ammy's ghost singer again, attracting the attention of Sang-jun. After Hanna disappears, Ammy quits singing and becomes an actress. Under the pressure of potentially being replaced, Ammy begins to investigate Jenny…
200 Pounds Beauty is a South Korean romantic-comedy musical written and directed by Kim Yong-hwa and starring Kim Ah-joong and Joo Jin-mo, based on the Japanese manga Kanna's Big Success! The film is a bold adaptation of the original, and the story is less bizarre, instead focusing on humour to tell a thought-provoking and even ironic story. Alhough the beautiful Jenny does become a “winner,” for many viewers, the overweight Hanna is the one who really understands the true meaning of life. The film was a critical and commercial success, receiving several awards including Best Actress for Kim Ah-joong at the 2007 Grand Bell Awards. “Maria,” the theme song sung by Kim Ah-joong, even reached the top of the billboard for several consecutive weeks.
A scene from Ifeelpretty (2018)
A scene from Spy (2015)
A scene from Kung Fu Panda