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The Meaning of Chow Its In His Mouth Ultimately it comes down to his mouth Chow Yun-Fat is the coolest movie actor in the world today and the only way I can explain this is to talk about his mouth He does cool things with his mouth Smoking cigarettes is no longer an emblem of cool in the USA but Chow does wonders with cigarette smoke in Prison On Fire Director Ringo Lam understands this like most of the great Hong Kong directors he loves using slow motion and freeze frames to pinpoint important moments in his movies and he saves a few of the most elegant slow-motion sequences for Chow blowing smoke and looking cool In John Woos over-the-top classic Hard Boiled the rough literal translation of the Chinese title is Spicy-Handed Gun God Chow plays with a toothpick There are few movie moments more violently cool than the shot of Chow a gun in each hand sliding down a stair banister blasting a dozen bad guys while letting his toothpick hang just so from the side of his mouth In God of Gamblers Chow plays a gambler who gets a bump on his head that turns him into some quasi-autistic prodigy like Dustin Hoffman in Rain Man Chow retains his intuitive skill at playing cards but now he must be pacified by constant pieces of chocolate that he scarfs greedily goofy smile on his face Blowing smoke dangling his toothpick eating chocolate or just smiling ultimately when trying to explain why Chow Yun-Fat is cool it comes down to his mouth Everything I have said so far describes a subjective reaction to watching Chow Yun-Fat on the screen Fill in the name of your favorite actor or actress change the specific references and this could be your essay We dont learn anything new from such subjective meanderings we only identify taste preferences Im proud to be a
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