They Came to Rob Hong Kong
After the first ten minutes of this film I had
my mouth agape in amazement. I should have turned it off then.
It starts off with a bang as gang leader, Roy
Cheung, first brutally kills an informer (Chan Fai Hung) and then is attacked
by a squadron of female police officers led by Kara Hui Ying Hung and also
includes Ann Bridgewater. This fight is astonishing; in particular the
one between him and Kara. It is fierce and brutal as they go crashing through
walls and windows and across rooftops. At one point Cheung knocks down
his girlfriend and rips off her artificial leg, pulls out a shotgun and
starts blasting away. Finally, in an incredible stunt he gets knocked off
the rooftop, bounces off a few balconies and lands below. Then in
true HK fashion he gets up, brushes himself off and walks away. This is
ten minutes of pure adreneline.
If only the director Clarence Ford (Naked Killer,
Iceman Cometh, Dragon from Russia) had kept up this pace this would have
been a classic. Instead with the help of screenwriter Dean Shek he abruptly
turns it into a hack comedy that shifts between making fun of Mainlanders
(something many films did around this time) and stale "horny guy" routines.
Cheung escapes to the Mainland where he puts together
a goofy new gang consisting of Eric Tsang, Stanley Fung, Dean Shek, Sandra
Ng, Charlie Cho, Chin Siu Ho and Liu Wai Hung. This is a recipe for
a silly comedy, but in this case not a very funny one. He brings them to
HK to rob a bank and has them trained by Chingmy Yau who finally makes
her appearance at the forty minute mark. It turns out of course that this
gang is just a red herring and that Cheung has other more devious plans.
To some degree I suppose this is a parody of Long
Arm of the Law which is also about a group of robbers coming over the border.
That film was deadly serious about a group of down on their luck Mainlanders
wanting to make a quick dangerous buck in HK - but these robbers consist
of a couple of medical conmen, a lounge singer (called Leslie Cheung),
two idiotic Mainland security cops and a couple of others who tag along.
Charlie Cho spends much of the film with a baby sucking at his bosum. The
standout here is Sandra Ng and her whirling kicks.
Finally they figure out they are being duped and
try to turn the tables on Roy and his real gang. This leads to a pretty
enjoyable finale that brings the film back from the dead. Everybody gets
involved - a complete free for all takes place and we finally get to see
Chin Siu Ho do his thing as he executes some terrific fight moves.
Showing up in this film also is another gang leader
Shing Fui On - who we get to see doing some Cantonese rap and later showing
his bare bottom - Elaine Kam as the kidnapped council woman and Chen Jing
as one of Roy's bad guys (and interestingly using the same name Rooster
that he did in Long Arm of the Law).
My rating for this film: 5.5
Distributed by Mei Ah
The transfer is quite clean and sharp.
Cantonese and Mandarin language tracks - Dolby
The subtitles are Chinese or English or none.
There are no extras - no trailers.