Twinkle Twinkle Lucky Stars
This time around in the third entry of the Lucky
Star series the boys are up to their usual shenanigans – chasing women
and helping out the police. Sammo Hung once again takes the director reins
and he keeps the formula in place – a large share of nonsensical comedy
along with some amazing action scenes. Much of the comedy limps along,
but there is one inspired if juvenile sequence that is quite funny. The
action again is very clever and very exciting. Everyone (Sammo, Richard
Ng, Stanley Fung, Eric Tsang) is back in this one with the exception of
Charlie Chin who is replaced by near lookalike – Miu Kiu Wai.
Sibelle Hu returns as well and escorts the
group on a vacation to Thailand where they spend their time vainly hunting
down female prey. Richard Ng even goes so far as to visit a Thai witch
doctor (Wu Ma) and gets a love doll that will allow him to seduce any woman.
He tries this on a group of four women (Sandra Ng and Kara Hui Ying-Hung
among them) and you should be able to guess the result. He ends up naked
– but not exactly as he had planned!
It turns out that Sibelle really brought them
to Thailand to protect a witness – and to tell poor love struck Sammo that
she really doesn’t care for him. She just used him in My Lucky Stars to
save Yuen Biao. They fail in their mission to protect the witness (Melvin
Wong) as he is killed in a wonderful sequence when he is para gliding.
Three assassins bring him down with machine guns and then finish the job
with a bazooka. I knew para gliding was dangerous, but that’s ridiculous!
Before he dies though, he tells Sibelle that he sent a letter to HK with
evidence. So the boys return to HK.
Before that though is the classic scene in which
Sammo takes on what initially appears to be six lovely Thai ladies – but
upon closer inspection turn out to be six deadly lady-boys.
The person that Melvin Wong sent the letter to
was Rosamund Kwan – looking very lovely in a short fashionable hairdo.
In order to protect her, they stow her with the Lucky Strikes. Oh no, here
we go again – five guys and a girl. Rosamund isn’t worried though as she
confides in Sibelle – “they are just sheep in wolves clothing”.
One sequence did crack me up as the boys create
an illusion of the house being on fire so that they can get Rosamund to
lie in a bath full of water – using a straw to breath – in her nightie.
Silly but funny.
John Sham one of the original Lucy Stars makes
a reappearance as a friend of Rosamunds – and upon being called Curley
– his name in that one – he corrects them – his name is Wormgrass!
Once this required silliness is done with, it
is on to some great action. There are two scenes in particular that are
just terrific. The first is when Jackie Chan, Yuen Biao and a very young
looking Andy Lau raid a factory. Fortunately for us there is poison gas
on the premises and so they can’t use their guns. This leads to a wonderfully
acrobatic fight in which the three of them battle a room full of bad guys
– and as usual Dick Wei is one of them.
The finale though is one of my favorite action
scenes. Jackie, Yuen and Sammo do one on ones with the three assassins
– Richard Norton and Yasuaki Kurata being two of them – and all the fights
are mini-masterpieces. Sammo in particular shines (hey, it is his series!)
as he first takes on Norton
and then in the classic scene duels Kurata branding
a pair of knives with a pair of tennis rackets (Sammo being the purist
he is – of course uses wooden ones).
Michelle Yeoh has a small cameo – three minutes
– but it is quite enjoyable as she plays a judo instructor and does a demonstration
with Richard Ng and then Sammo.
Keep a close eye on the very final scene. The
boys are waiting for an elevator and out comes a myriad of actors. See
how many you can find. I caught Moon Lee, George Lam, Charlie Chin and
In comparing this one to the previous Lucky
Star films, I would rank it slightly below Winners and slightly above My
Lucky Stars. All three have tremendous action and so it comes down to the
humor being the difference. There were some funny bits in Winners, nothing
really in MLS and then this one did have a slight upbeat in the comedy.
My rating for this film: 7.5