Three of a Kind
Hong Kong 2004
Directed by Joe Ma.

Michael Hui and Lau Ching-wan played opposite each other briefly earlier in the year in the Hui Brothers tribute film FANTASIA. Here Hui plays Dragon Lone, a famous kung fu novelist, who has suffered from writing block for 13 years, while Lau Ching-wan plays a successful furniture designer. Dragon Lone's daughter (Miriam Yeung) is in love with him, but her father is adamantly opposed to marriage. It's a fair enough premise, but any hope of even a glimmer of the biting satire of the seventies-era Hui brothers comedies is dashed fairly quickly -- right about at the point in the opening credits that reads "Produced, screenplay, & Directed by Joe Ma." The stories of Jin Yong and the other martial arts novelists could have provided ample material for satire. Instead, this squishy comedy pokes gentle fun, nothing more. Lau Ching-wan turns in his most disposable comedy performance yet, and Miriam Yeung surprisingly has very little to work with and leaves no impression. Michael Hui meanwhile is looking (and acting) more and more like Jack Benny with every passing year. Occasionally amusing, but only just.

Rating: Not Recommended (Not Recommended)

Posted by Peter Nepstad on January 19, 2005.

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