Directed by Jeffrey Lau • 2002 • China
Starring Tony Leung Chiu Wai, Faye Wong, Wei Zhao
Produced by Wong Kar Wai—and featuring some of his most beloved stars—this irresistibly entertaining comic adventure giddily spoofs everything from classic Chinese musicals to wuxia epics to Wong’s own films. In Ming Dynasty China, an Emperor (Chang Chen) and a princess (Faye Wong), both desperate for the life of a free-spirited wanderer, attempt to escape from the royal palace. The princess, disguised as a man, finds herself attracting the attention of a boorish restaurant owner (Tony Leung Chiu Wai), precipitating much gender- and genre-bending mayhem.