Stephen Chow took a long time to break through in the West, his comedy films were amazingly popular in Hong Kong for many years but it was not until Shaolin Soccer and Kung Fu Hustle that his fame spread to the rest of the world.
King of Beggars was made in 1992 and is a great showcase for his comedy and action skills. So Chan (Stephen Chow) is an illiterate and spoiled son of a wealthy family who is eager to join an elite martial arts academy. When he is thrown out after his inability to read or write is discovered, So takes to wandering the streets as a beggar, eventually joining the famed Society of Beggars and rising to become its king. When the Emperor’s life is threatened, So leads his beggar army to the rescue. [Continue reading]