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The Raid
Year: 1991 "I'm ticklish."
Tony Leung, Jacky Cheung and Joyce Godenzi
Director: Ching Siu-Tung
Producer: Tsui Hark

Dean Shek Tin, Jacky Cheung Hok-Yau, Tony Leung Ka-Fai, Paul Chu Kong, Ching Siu-Tung, Fennie Yuen Kit-Ying, Joyce Godenzi (Ko Lai-Hung), Corey Yuen Kwai

The Skinny: Fun wartime action-comedy that's like a cliffhanger serial filtered through Tsui Hark's unique sensibilities.
by Kozo:
     This wartime action-comedy from Tsui Hark and Ching Siu-Tung is set in 1930s China during the occupation of Manchuria. Plot: Lt. Mong (Paul Chu) leads a rebel squad to derail some poison gas, but he gets unlikely help from old Dr. Choy (Dean Shek), a retired soldier whose wisdom and energy prove to be an inspiration to the downtrodden Chinese. Also, he tags along because he resents being called old. Along for the ride: a couple of gang bosses (Corey Yuen, Jacky Cheung), some kids, a feisty double agent (Fennie Yuen) and lots of shtick. The bad guys: Tony Leung Ka-Fai in a fun turn as a villain, and Joyce Godenzi as a sexy Kawashima Yoshiko.
     Based on some popular comics at the time, and the filmmakers make sure you know through their transitions: annoying animated page turning that looks like an Ah Ha video. This was probably a New Year’s Comedy of sorts, as the wacky comedy and all-star cast are earmarks of typical New Year fluff. A harmless and enjoyable film, it proves to be better than Ching Siu-Tung’s later, similar effort Dr. Wai in “The Scripture with no Words.” Strangely, some of the comedy is pretty funny instead of being annoying, and the whole cast is a delight. This is even true for Dean Shek, who overacted so miserably in A Better Tomorrow Part 2 that he threatened to destroy mankind. A Hong Kong product all the way. Fluffy but fun. (Kozo 1997)

DVD (Hong Kong)
Region 0 NTSC

Mei Ah Laser
Cantonese and Mandarin Language Tracks
Dolby Digital 5.1
Removable English and Chinese Subtitles

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