GenreAction, Comedy, Thriller ScreenplayStephen Chow, Lee Lik-chi LanguageCantonese
DirectorStephen Chow, Lee Lik-chi WriterStephen Chow, Roman Cheung, Vincent Kok, Lee Lik-Chi Release date14 September 1994 (1994-09-14) CastStephen Chow (Ling Ling Chai / Chat), Anita Yuen (Lee Keung Kam / Li Heung Kam), Law Kar-Ying (Tat Man Si / Da Man Si), Pauline Chan Bo-Lin (Killer with Flame-throwing Bra), Joe Cheng Cho (Killer with metal mouth), Wong Kam-Kong (Golden Gun / Comdr. Chan) Similar moviesStephen Chow movies, Set in Hong Kong, Comedies
From Beijing With Love (Chinese: 國產凌凌漆) is a 1994 Hong Kong action spy comedy film directed by Lee Lik-chi and Stephen Chow. The film is a very direct spoof of James Bond films, and stars Chow, Anita Yuen, and Law Kar-ying.
Golden Gun steals the cranium of China's only dinosaur fossil. Chow, starring as a hawker-secret-agent 007, is sent to Hong Kong by a high-ranking government official to recapture the cranium. When he arrives in Hong Kong, he meets Lee Heung-kam (Anita Yuen), who proposes to help him in his endeavor. However, Heung-kam turns out to be a subordinate of Golden Gun. Golden Gun is in actuality the government official who directs 007 to find the cranium.
Golden Gun instructs Heung-kam to send 007 on a false lead and tells him that the cranium may have been stolen by a smuggler. 007, with the help of Heung-kam, sneaks into a cocktail party held by the smuggler. Before he enters, he tells Heung-kam that he will fetch her some white roses. Heung-kam tells 007 to find evidence that the smuggler stole the cranium; meanwhile, Heung-kam hides in a tree, planning to snipe 007 from afar. The party is interrupted by a mysterious man (modeled after Jaws from James Bond) and a mysterious woman who are out to kill 007. Taking this opportunity, Heung-kam shoots 007 several times, including once in the leg with 007 thinking another assassin has shot him. 007 (who is wearing a bulletproof vest but not bulletproof trousers) escapes, grabbing three white roses on the way out. Heung-kam is touched by this gesture and saves his life. She decides to defect from Golden Gun. Together, the two destroy the organization that is behind the theft of the cranium. 007 eventually wins the hand of Heung-kam and is rewarded with a meat cleaver emblazoned with the calligraphy of Deng Xiaoping.
Stephen Chow as Ling-ling-chat (Homophonic pun of '007' in Cantonese)
Anita Yuen as Lee Heung-kam
Law Kar-ying as Tat Man-sai (another Homophonic pun of Leonardo da Vinci, transliterated in Cantonese)
Pauline Chan as mystery woman
Lee Lik-chi as man about to be executed/martial arts master
Wong Yat-fei as man about to be executed
Yu Rongguang as Chinese agent killed by Golden Gun
Lee Kin-yan as Regent Motel's manager
Yip Chun as Deputy Commander Chan
Leung Hak-shun as Lai Yau-wai
Leung See-ho as man about to be executed
Johnny Dang Siu-Juen as man about to be executed
Raymond Tsang as man from Hunan
Joe Cheng Cho as Metal Death Killer (clearly based on Jaws from Moonraker)
Indra Leech as guard
Wong Kam-kong as Golden Gun, masquerading as Yuen, Ling's Commander
Ku Ming-Wah as firing squad commander
Chow Yee-Fan as bald waiter
Quinton Wong Liu-Che as photographer
Wong Kar-Leung as soldier
So Wai-Nam as soldier
Tang Tai-Wo as soldier
Lam Kwok-Kit as soldier
Chung Wing as soldier
Wong Shiu-Keung as hotel clerk
Lo Gwok-Wai as firing squad soldier
Salutation to other films
The name of the film in Chinese, Gwok chaan Ling Ling Chat (國產凌凌漆), means "the domestically-produced 007". 凌凌漆 is a homophone for the number "007" in Chinese.
The name of the "ultimate weapon" invented by Tat Man-sai, 要你命3000 (Lifetaker 3000), is also the name of a Hong Kong, low-budget blue movie.
The Universe Laser DVD cover (pictured on right) of the movie parodies that of the 1987 James Bond movie The Living Daylights.
The Golden Gun's signature weapon is a spoof of the golden gun used in the James Bond novel The Man with the Golden Gun. Unlike the one from the James Bond series, this is a gold-plated Thompson/Center Contender with extremely powerful expanding bullets of piercing or explosive force.
The song Stephen Chow sang while playing the piano is 李香蘭 by Jacky Cheung.