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Aces Go Places
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Best Partners Karl Maka and Sam Hui
Chinese: 最佳拍擋
Year: 1982  
Director: Eric Tsang Chi-Wai  
Cast: Sam Hui Koon-Kit, Sylvia Chang, Karl Maka, Carol Gordon, Chan Sing, Lindsay Chan Ling-Chi, Walter Tso Tat-Wah, Dean Shek Tin (cameo), Tsui Hark (cameo), George Lam Chi-Cheung (cameo)
The Skinny: Sure it's dated, but it's also quite entertaining. That is, if you can get past the fact that's it's dated. 
 
Review
by Kozo:

Inspired but tragically silly, this classic comedy from the early eighties spawned an entire series, numerous spin-offs, multiple copycats, and finally an unfortunate 1997 revival film. Sam Hui stars as King Kong, a suave cat burglar who makes off with some diamonds and subsequently comes under investigation by parties too numerous to mention. When evil Caucasian jewel thief White Glove gets involved, the local law enforcement agencies call in legendary U.S. detective Kodojak (spear-bald Cinema City exec Karl Maka). Paired with tough-talking HK cop Inspector Ho (a feisty Sylvia Chang), Kodojak makes apprehending King Kong his first priority, after which the two team together to find White Glove and bring him to justice. 

If it were only that simple: the pair must also find time to act totally loony and romance Inspector Ho and her sister. What follows is a “falling in love” montage to the tune of the wildly popular “Best Partners” theme song by Sam Hui. While modern audiences would be staring in disbelief, the audiences of the past were probably pissing in the aisles. This is an incredibly dated film, but it contains some real enjoyment. Hui and Maka share some good chemistry, and all three of the principals turn in effectively funny performances. There are also some good stunts, and the frenetic pacing is a definite plus as it never allows one joke to fall flat without another five racing in to fill the void. Stephen Chow probably spent years studying these movies. This is more of a pop-culture oddity nowadays than a classic farce. Still, if you take the time to learn the personalities and the culture, then this can be a very fun ride. (Kozo 1998)

 
Awards: The 2nd Annual Hong Kong Film Awards
Winner - Best Actor (Karl Maka)
Nomination - Best Actress (Sylvia Chang)
Nomination - Best Original Score (Teddy Robin)
Nomination - Best Song ("Best Partners", performed by Sam Hui Koon-Kit)
 
Availability: DVD (Hong Kong)
Region 0 NTSC
Universe Laser
Widescreen
Cantonese and Mandarin Language Tracks
Dolby Digital 5.1
Removable English and Chinese Subtitles
*Also Available on Blu-ray Disc
Also see: Aces Go Places 2 (1983)
Aces Go Places 3 (1984)
Aces Go Places 4 (1986)
Aces Go Places 5 (1989)
Lucky Stars Go Places (1986)
97 Aces Go Places (1997)
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