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Comedian Stephen Chow goes behind the camera in The Mermaid and shows he has the directorial chops to pull off a box-office winner. His fantasy-comedy starring Deng Chao (right) pulled in US$42 million, setting a new record for the opening day of a domestic film in China.

Chow's Mermaid makes box-office waves

Feb 12, 2016 5:50 AM

WITH its plot kept under wraps tighter than Liam Neeson shielding the identity of his secret girlfriend, one would have thought Stephen Chow's latest film The Mermaid must be so bad the studio didn't want fans or critics catching wind of it before it hit the big screen.

But the fantasy-

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