Aces go Places
Hong Kong 1982
Directed by Eric Tsang.


One of Hong Kong's classic action comedy series began here, written, directed, and produced by the Cinema City collective, who turned making comedies into a science, estimating and ensuring proper gag to reel ratios. A sendup of Hollywood action films starring Sam Hui, the younger but most musically talented of the Hui brothers (also the best looking), as a good hearted thief, who steals diamonds from the mafia; Karl Maka as a mostly inept detective trying to solve the case; and Sylvia Chang as the tough, no nonsense police superintendent Ho. The producers wanted to make a film as slick and action packed as a Hollywood film, and while they didn't entirely succeed, they did stick a car chase in that ends in a multi-car pileup, which was all the rage in Hollywood throughout the 80's. The action and stunts are good, but expect long delays in between filled by lots of goofy comedy. Tsui Hark has a cameo as a crazy ballet director.

Rating: Recommended (Recommended)

Posted by Peter Nepstad on July 02, 2004.


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