Nonsense Made Sense: The Downside Up World of Stephen Chow

A young woman, Ah Qun, has gone where few right-minded human beings would dare go: a heavily guarded mental institution. She is on a mission to track down a mysterious man she spotted the night before who bravely confronted a spooky ghost. But as soon as she enters the compound, she is stopped by a guard. Just when her quest seems finished, the guard is distracted by someone screaming, “Robbery!” Gingerly moving forward, Ah Qun comes across some extraordinary minds: one patient explains Van Gogh’s religious views to his fellow inmates; someone else demonstrates Einstein’s theory of relativity on a blackboard; and yet another recollects a phone call from Steven Spielberg, who was seeking advice on a sequel to Jurassic Park. Suddenly, her target leaps out of nowhere and asks her, “Do you believe in flying saucers and the Loch Ness Monster?” When Ah Qun answers yes, the man says, “We can talk.” Introducing himself as Leo, the man explains that he is deemed insane simply because he is scared of nothing. As he describes the origins of his fearlessness, our visual cuts to a stone-faced child (presumably the young Leo) fending off monsters and taking on wild rides in an amusement park.

Hong Kong, Film, Stephen Chow