Directed by Stephen Chow and Lee Lik-Chi
Produced by Mona Fong Yat-Wah
Written by Vincent Kok
Cast: Stephen Chow, Ng Man-Tat, Christy Chung, Ben Lam Joe Cheng Cho, Billy Chow, Leo Koo Kui-Kei, Wong Yat-Fei, Vincent Kok, Gabriel Wong Yat-San , Peter Lai Bei-Dak, and Lee Lik-Chi
A good hearted but down on his luck mopey delivery boy unexpectedly ends up earning a date with a beautiful girl from the sports center. However, then he vows to win her back after their date goes totally amiss.
While I’m not sure why, Love on Delivery is probably my favorite Stephen Chow film to date. It’s kind of hard to put into words why exactly since Love on Delivery isn’t far off from the typical films that Stephen Chow is known for or is an innovator of any kind compared to the likes of All for the Winner and Shaolin Soccer. Love on Delivery is a bit overshadowed by other offerings from Stephen Chow, so, it’s deservedly underrated. Although not a blatant spoof of Rocky or Karate Kid, Love on Delivery bares the standard tropes of underdog tales well.
Stephen Chow basically has two modes of onscreen personas which is a jerkish smart alec with a hidden heart of gold or the dopey wide-eyed nice guy. Love on Delivery features the latter. Ho Kam-An is probably one of Stephen Chow’s most endearing roles to date. The narrative framework of an underdog tale enables Ho Kam-An’s perseverance to be put front and center. Ho Kam-An’s perseverance isn’t only a plot thread but the center and the punchline of the numerous gags as well. Stephen Chow’s pictures always run the risk of having plot lines that get lost in their own wackiness or gags but Love on Delivery sidelines the issue from connecting the gags with Ho Kam-An’s never-say-die attitude. Though Stephen Chow has attempted character-driven comedies since and before,Love on Delivery still stands as one of the clearest examples. Ho Kam-An’s self-deprecating nature is more than a source of jokes. It’s what edifies him to rise to the occasion. Every underdog story should be inspirational and Love on Delivery is no different.
Love on Delivery breaks any barometer of wackiness that it needs to qualify as one of Stephen Chow’s wackiest efforts. The gags are an enjoyable lampooning of the popular culture that dominated the Hong Kong zeitgeist of 1994. Ultraman and the Terminator was apparently part of that zeitgeist or the zeitgeist in Stephen Chow’s head, at least. The emphasis on martial arts directs more focus on physical slapstick so the humor is technically more accessible to those who may not understand verbal Cantonese puns. One of Love on Delivery’s greatest testament that it proves it’s possible to make a martial artist out of Garfield. The final fray might overstay its welcome; nevertheless, it’s comical fun just for suspending the normal law of physics.
Love on Delivery is prone to being mean-spirited and crude, yet, that can’t diminish the indispensable heart it has. It has an egoless sense of humor that is strangely inspiring and heartwarming all the while tickling your funny bone nonstop with amusing hijinks and slapstick.