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Aces Go Places 4
Chinese: 最佳拍檔4 :千里救差婆
Sally Yeh and Sam Hui
Year: 1986
Director: Ringo Lam Ling-Tung
Producer: Karl Maka
Writer: Karl Maka
Action: Joe Chu Kai-Sang
Cast: Sam Hui Koon-Kit, Karl Maka (Mak Ka), Sally Yeh (Yip Sin-Man), Sylvia Chang, Cyrus Wong Ka-Ming, Shih Kien, Ronald Lacey, Walter Tso Tat-Wah, Kwan Tak-Hing, Roy Chiao, Fung Ging-Man, Pomson Shi
The Skinny: The fourth installment of the Aces Go Places series is still funny but the novelty has started to wear off. Maybe it's because I watched the first four in one week.
 
Review
by Kozo:

The series starts to show its age with this installment, which pits King Kong and Kodojak versus an evil cartel out to steal a super soldier experiment. King Kong is the guinea pig for the experiment headed by wacky scientist Roy Chiao. When the evil terrorists attack, King Kong escapes with Roy’s daughter Sally (Sally Yeh), as well as the primary piece of the contraption: a small prism. 

After the requisite chase, King Kong returns to Hong Kong where he enlists the help of Kodojak/Baldy/Albert (Karl Maka) who’s still enjoying his strange family life with wife Hot Tongue (Sylvia Chang) and son Baldy Jr. (Wong Ka-Ming). However, the evil bastards track them to HK where they endanger Baldy Jr. and eventually kidnap Hot Tongue in an effort to ransom her for the prism. 

Sally shows up in HK chasing King Kong, who she now calls “Husband.” After that comic jewel sinks in, the whole gang (including Baldy Jr.) hightail it to New Zealand to rescue Hot Tongue and confront the nefarious head bad guy: Ronald Lacey, better known as Toht from Raiders of the Lost Ark. While he’s busy showing off the same scar that he sported in that movie, the film goes all wacky as Baldy becomes the latest super soldier guinea pig - which leads to his supposed death and a bunch of emoting that’s best left to other movies.

Ringo Lam directed this installment, but of course it’s just commercial crap that channels nada Ringo Lam. The action is better mounted this time, but the novelty of the series has clearly worn out. While Sam Hui was charming in the first couple of films, his shtick has grown smarmy. The most amusing thing in this movie is probably Baldy Jr., who has his share of mind-boggling kid stunts. This is an OK diversion that brandishes a bigger budget and more foreign locations - which only serve to emphasize the cheap, shallow nature of the series’ comedy. Don’t get me wrong: I like the Aces Go Places movies. I just didn’t like this one. (Kozo 1998)

 
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
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