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The Teacher Without Chalk
Year: 2000
Yoyo Mung and Nick Cheung
Director: Albert Mak
Cast: Nick Cheung Ka Fai, Yoyo Mung Ka Wai, Tsui Kam-Kong, Karen Mok Man-Wai, Ben Lam Kwok-Bun, Chan Wai-Man, Ken Lo Wai-Kwong, Chapman To Man-Chat
The Skinny: It's Great Teacher Onizuka! Starring Nick Cheung as the GTO stand-in. That should tell you everything.
Review
by Kozo:
     Mildly entertaining low-budget quickie that basically rips off Great Teacher Onizuka with less drama and a much less appealing lead actor. Nick Cheung is a triad whos hired by old classmate Lo May (the increasingly welcome Yoyo Mung) to teach a class of reprobates. 
     As youd expect, they hate him first but later grow to love his eccentric ways. However, things get worse because of school corruption and an evil principal (Tsui Kam-Kong) whos more ridiculous than evil. Furthermore, Nick has to find a way to get together with Lo May since his rival seems to be a Mandarin-speaking Japanese guy who attempts to be a Takuya Kimura/Yutaka Takenouchi stand-in. Also appearing in a bizarre cameo is Karen Mok as a nun who works at the school and leaves Nick cryptic notes that allow him to help the students plus win Lo Mays heart. 
     The production is well-meaning and decently produced for an obvious cheapie. I would bag on this movie more but it essentially achieves its goal: mild entertainment. Still, if at all possible Id catch the 12-hour GTO miniseries from Japan. Its much more entertaining and really, Nick Cheung IS NOT Takashi Sorimachi. (Kozo 2000)
Availability: DVD (Hong Kong)
Region 0 NTSC
Winson Entertainment
Widescreen
Cantonese and Mandarin Language Tracks
Removable English and Chinese Subtitles
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