Opening in Hong Kong this week is a movie that sounds like James Bond but may play closer to Austin Powers. On His Majesty's Secret Service (Dai noi muk taam 009), written and directed by the prolific -- and wildly fluctuating in quality -- Wong Jing, stars Louis Koo, Barbie Hsu, and Sandra Ng in a 'nonsense' comedy that is set in a historical period, long before British secret agents began drinking martinis.
Andrew Mack of Twitch found a plot description at Far East Films: "The secret service has been responsible for protecting the Emperor for generations ... Amongst the current group, Zero Zero Dog (Louis Koo) is considered to be the weakest as he shows no interest in the martial arts and spends his time studying technology and creating inventions. When Dog stumbles upon an evil plot to kill the Emperor by the chief eunuch ... he decides to prove everyone wrong and vanquish the enemy himself."
Louis Koo can play strait-laced and frantic equally well, so he's well-suited for the lead role, and I'm a big fan of Sandra Ng's comic abilities, so I'll look for this when it hits (legal) import DVD shelves, probably in a few weeks. If you're like me and don't speak or understand Cantonese, the verbal wordplay will remain a mystery, but this one may have enough silly, physical stunts and gags to make up for it. [ Hat tip to Love HK Film. ]
Watch the trailer for On His Majesty's Secret Service after the jump!