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92 La Legendary Rose Noire
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Tony Leung Ka-Fai
Chinese: 92黑玫瑰對黑玫瑰
Year: 1992
Director: Jeff Lau Chun-Wai
Writer: Jeff Lau Chun-Wai
Action: Tony Leung Siu-Hung
Cast: Maggie Siu Mei-Kei, Wong Wan-Si, Fung Bo-Bo, Tony Leung Ka-Fai, Teresa Mo Sun-Kwan, Lam Lap-Sam, Chan Fai-Hung, Calvin Poon Yuen-Leung
The Skinny: Hugely esoteric but still quite funny comedy from Jeff Lau. Knowledge of sixties Hong Kong Cinema is a must to get the full effect, but you might get some laughs anyway.
by Kozo:

This wacky and weird flick from director Jeff Lau is a modern send-up of the popular Black Rose film serials from the late sixties. The Black Rose was a costumed female crime-fighter who roamed Hong Kong in black spandex. Now she’s back, and under investigation by a fey cop (Tony Leung Ka-Fai, in a parody of old school actor Lui Kei). However, who exactly is the Black Rose? Is it Maggie Siu? Or Teresa Mo? And what about Fung Bo-Bo? Does it matter? Of course not. All that matters are wacky and weird musical sequences and silliness aplenty. If that's what you're looking for then you've come to right place.

Loaded with in-jokes, this film is enjoyable for those who understand what’s going on or those who just like crazy wacky stuff. I would probably be one of the latter, as I couldn't even pretend to understand the history behind the whole Black Rose thing. At the very least, Tony Leung Ka-Fai's comedic performance is worth mondo laughs. This movie may lose some people, but it nonetheless possesses its own unique sensibilities and an inexplicable bizarre charm. (Kozo 1995/1997)

Notes: • There is a kind-of sequel to this film called Rose Rose, I Love You.

12th Annual Hong Kong Film Awards
• Winner - Best Actor (Tony Leung Ka-Fai)
• Winner - Best Supporting Actress (Petrina Fung Bo-Bo)
• Nomination - Best Picture
• Nomination - Best Director (Jeff Lau Chun-Wai)
• Nomination - Best Screenplay (Kei On)
• Nomination - Best Supporting Actress (Teresa Mo Sun-Kwan)
• Nomination - Best Supporting Actress (Wong Wan-Si)
• Nomination - Best Original Score (Lowell Lo Koon-Ting)
• Nomination - Best Costume Design (Joseph Chan Ah-Cho)

Availability: DVD (Hong Kong)
Region 0 NTSC
Mei Ah Entertainment
16x9 Anamorphic Widescreen
Cantonese and Mandarin Language Tracks
Dolby Digital 5.1 / DTS 5.1
Removable English and Chinese Subtitles
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