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The Eighth Happiness
Chinese: 八星報喜
Raymond Wong, Chow Yun-Fat and Carol Cheng
Year: 1988
Director: Johnnie To Kei-Fung
Producer: Raymond Wong Bak-Ming
Cast: Chow Yun-Fat, Raymond Wong Bak-Ming, Jacky Cheung Hok-Yau, Carol "DoDo" Cheng Yu-Ling, Cherie Chung Cho-Hung, Fung Bo-Bo, Michael Chow Man-Kin, Fennie Yuen Kit-Ying, Lawrence Cheng Tan-Shui, Karl Maka, John Sham Kin-Fun, Kam Kwok-Leung
The Skinny: Fun performances from Chow Yun-Fat and Cherie Chung enliven this typical Lunar New Year Comedy.
by Kozo:

Before he created Milkyway Image, Johnnie To teamed with producer Raymond Wong to bring us this typical piece of New Year fluff. Bearing the usual three guy/three girl formula, Eighth Happiness is your standard break-up/make-up/all-out wackiness flick that packed movie houses back in the eighties. Chow Yun-Fat stars as a player who acts gay to score with the chicks. Raymond Wong and Jacky Cheung are the brothers. The women are Dodo Cheng, Fung Bo-Bo, and Fennie Yuen. I won’t bother with the plot. They all want each other, but obstacles arise that make things difficult. In ninety minutes, it’ll all be solved.

Besides the presence of Chow Yun-Fat, there’s also the surprising Cherie Chung, who plays the “Beauty of the Department Store.” Chow proves that he can do it all - his manic energy is actually quite amusing. Too bad the movie is run of the mill HK New Year fluff. Director To and producer Wong serve up average hijinks with more than a few good laughs thrown in. The film ends with a huge Cantonese Opera sequence. Loads of fun for undemanding audiences, this flick ranks up there with All’s Well, Ends Well ‘97. See it if you dig that stuff. (Kozo 1999)

Availability: DVD (Hong Kong)
Region 0 NTSC
Joy Sales
16x9 Anamorphic Widescreen
Cantonese and Mandarin Language Tracks
Dolby Digital 5.1 / 2.0
Removable English and Chinese Subtitles
*Also Available on Blu-ray Disc

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