Director: Anthony Chan Yau
Action: Tony Leung Siu-Hung
Cast: Stephen Chow Sing-Chi, Sandra Ng Kwun-Yu, Anthony Chan Yau, Anthony Wong Chau-Sang, Shing Fui-On, Stuart Ong, Billy Chow Bei-Lei
The Skinny: Amusing but forgettable comedy starring the not-yet King of Comedy Stephen Chow.
An amusing but dated comedy, this early star vehicle for Stephen Chow displays the undisciplined form that would make him HK’s greatest comic actor. Chow plays Wan-Sing, a two-bit thief who’s hired by Shing Fui-On to romance an heiress. Shing’s cousin Fei-Fei (Sandra Ng) is due to receive a massive inheritance when she marries and Shing wants to steal the fortune for himself. However, Fei-Fei turns out to be a fake. It seems evil cousin Anthony Wong wants the money for himself and enlists lowly garbage woman Feng (also Sandra Ng) to impersonate his cousin and take the money.
Yes, all these multiple plot threads criss-cross to no end, leading to a wacky action ending out at sea. Even though the characters have evil motives, the actors themselves are likable and there’s enough agreeable shtick to make the film an enjoyable if not entirely crucial 90 minutes. Strange-looking pop star and director Anthony Chan has an extended cameo as a private dick who constantly bumps into Wan-Sing and aids him whenever necessary. Amusing late eighties fluff. It’s not art, but it doesn’t try to be.