in 1930, this zany comedy from Tsui Hark and his Cinema City
cronies is creative and eager-to-please, which doesn't always
mean great things. Godfather Capone (Karl Maka, playing off
his cueball skull) is out for a huge score, but he despises
a mild-mannered P.I. named Champ (George Lam). Champ was responsible
for Capone's prior incarceration, so he begins his revenge
by sending zany killer Eric Tsang after him. Meanwhile, Champ
gets an assist from Police Chief Robin (Teddy Robin).
The manic energy from director
Tsui and his cast can prove entertaining, as it immediately
glosses over whatever failed jokes occur. Still, there are
a lot of failed jokes hereas well as some genuinely
funny ones. Those who like wacky slapstick should be engaged,
but the nonsensical silliness of this film (and other Cinema
City films) is not for everyone. To be honest, the experience
was a mixed one for me, as I found myself saying, "What
the--?" far too often.
Here's a better acid test. There's
one minor gag in the film where someone needs a cigarette
lit and somebody else pulls out a massive television-sized
lighter for them to use. When they made this movie, some guy
on the set actually said, "Hey, let's take this BIG cigarette
lighter and she can use it to light her little cigarette!
Wouldn't that be just a hoot?" If your hypothetical response
is, "Yeah, that would be funny!" then see this movie.
If your response is, "Are you on crack?" then it'd
be best to see something else. (Kozo 1996)