Gameboy Kids
Hong Kong 1992
Directed by Gordon Chan.

Made back during the hectic high-rolling days of Hong Kong cinema, when scripts were a luxury and no joke, no matter how bizarre or extreme, was left out. GAMEBOY KIDS has got to be Gordon Chan's most obscure directorial effort, which seems surprising given the stellar cast -- including Andy Lau, Aaron Kwok, and Rosamund Kwan, but it just goes to show that the early nineties produced such an abundance of riches that a work such as this could practically disappear. Which is a shame, because this is an action comedy that does everything it can to please. Andy Lau plays two roles: a midget, and a child like idiot. The latter is mistaken for the former, which means trouble, since the idiot boy is about to take over the Triad. Can this moron survive against the competing gangs? Well, of course -- this is a comedy, folks, and with Ng Man-Tat and Sandra Ng providing backup (and plenty of laughs), Aaron Kwok as his bodyguard and the straight man, and Rosamund Kwan as his assassin and love interest, he can't go wrong. This movie is simple, goofy fun. Hong Kong film fans will enjoy plenty of in-jokes about the stars singing careers and parodies of other films like THE KILLER and MOON WARRIORS.

Rating: Marginally Recommended (Marginally Recommended)

Posted by Peter Nepstad on July 06, 2005.

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