My Hero
Hong Kong 1990
Directed by Leung Ka-Yan.

At first, MY HERO parodies A BETTER TOMORROW, later, it imitates it. The story of Sing (Stephen Chow Sing-Chi), a comic book loving waiter who gets caught in gangster crossfire and ends up being hired by kingpin Wai to help kill rival kingpin Hung Yi. To do so, he teams up with Wai's top men, the rough and ugly Bill (Shing Fui-On) and the super-cool, trenchcoat wearing, two-pistol shooting Chun (Wilson Lam). The three end up making a great team, and though Sing does not exactly have courage under fire, he's clever (and funny), and saves everyone on an extremely violent trip to Thailand. MY HERO is one of a handful of directorial efforts by veteran actor and action choreographer Leung Ka-Yan, who also appears in the movie as Hung Yi. He keeps the pace moving along nicely and the action is, as expected, superb. This is an action comedy that's not afraid to make the action violent, lethal, and extremely emotional -- even when the hitman happens to be a midget and Sing is afraid to shoot anyone. Ann Bridgewater is the forgettable love interest, the real emotional core of the film is, as expected, between the three hitmen, as they work for their boss and find triad life alternatively good and really, really, not so good.

Rating: Recommended (Recommended)

Posted by Peter Nepstad on February 12, 2005.

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