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The Mermaid

  • Starring: Deng Chao, Lin Yun, Show Luo
  • Director: Stephen Chow
  • Genre(s): Sci-Fi, Drama, Fantasy, Romance
  • Rating: NR
  • Language(s): Mandarin
  • Running Time: 94 min.

Xuan’s (Deng Chao) real estate project involves reclamation of the sea and threatens the livelihood of the mermaids who live there. The mermaid Shan (Lin Yun) is dispatched to stop Xuan, but they fall in love. Out of his love for Shan, Xuan plans to stop the project. Unfortunately, Shan and the other mermaids are hunted by a hidden organization, and Xuan must save Shan before it’s too late.

"The Mermaid is no ordinary fantastical rom-com ... encompassing as it does weaponized sea urchins, incredibly delicious roasted chickens, man-octopus self-mutilation and other comic oddities."
- Glenn Kenny, New York Times
"In The Mermaid, Chow never forgets that the camera is the funniest tool at his disposal, and the only one that speaks in a language that everyone can understand."
- David Ehrlich, Slate
"Crass and macabre, yet big-hearted, it makes a wonderfully adult bedtime story."
- Martin Tsai, Los Angeles Times
"The Mermaid will make you laugh. It doesn't matter if you don't like subtitles. It doesn't matter if you've never heard of the director. It doesn't matter if you've never seen a Chinese movie in your life. It will make you laugh. Guaranteed."
- Simon Abrams,