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And “The Mermaid” provides a fantastic career springboard for Lin, whose wide-set eyes and pouty lips resemble those of a young Shu.

Eighteen at the time of the shoot, she is so wholesome and fetching that she defeats the script’s attempt to blight her beauty or make a clown of her.

Eight’s attempts to assist her only result in excruciating yet hysterically funny tentacle torture of the sort that makes “Oldboy” look tame by comparison.

It’s a foregone conclusion that Liu, who’s only fooled around with gold diggers, will be disarmed by Shanshan’s unworldliness.

Yet their date is strewn with all kinds of pleasurable little twists and the most unaffected chemistry which, even without supernatural elements, is the stuff of fairy tales.

The CGI used to render the sea creatures and sets, particularly Liu’s gaudy villa and the macabre museum, exudes the kitschy charm of Ed Wood productions. Screenplay, Chow, Kelvin Lee, Ho Miu-kei, Lu Zhengyu, Fung Chih-chiang, Lu Zhengyu, Ivy Kong, Chan Hing-ka, Tsang Kan-cheung.

Zhang, who hasn’t had a meaty role worthy of her forceful presence since her husband Wang Quan’an’s “White Deer Plain,” recovers her mojo by letting herself go, oozing bitchiness and predatory sex appeal.

Her character does illogically tip over into total sociopathy near the end, in a reflection of the virgin/whore dichotomy that underscores all of Chow’s repertoire.

As with his other directorial works, notably “The God of Cookery” (1996) and “Kung Fu Hustle” (2004), Chow sneeringly pushes past the limits of decency and humanity in his ill treatment of his characters, suggesting an innate misanthropy that at times sits uncomfortably with his exuberant merrymaking and often black-and-white morality.

Likewise, the longstanding misogynist streak in his work shows no signs of abating: Newcomer Jelly Lin joins a long line of gorgeous femmes like Karen Mok, Vicki Zhao and Shu Qi who are made to undergo repulsive image makeovers, then subjected to physical and mental abuse, though Lin’s performance proves winning enough to prevail over these obstacles.

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