This one begins in typical Aces fashion with an action set piece featuring Sam Hui, then contains a few amusing moments – but after a while Lam drops all pretenses of making a comedy and turns it into a straight dramatic action film – full of chases and shoot outs. At the same time though, Lam really focuses again on the friendship between the three main characters (and now Baldy Junior as well!), but in a much more intense manner than in the previous films. There are a few scenes that are quite gripping and would have felt very out of place in the earlier films – one of Sylvia Chang fighting to get her son away from two hoodlums becomes an angst filled nightmare of motherly love. The other is when it appears that Baldy (Karl Maka) has been killed and Sylvia goes into catatonic shock and Sam goes crazy with a need to kill and gain revenge. It’s actually powerful stuff and having fine actors like Sam and Sylvia allow Lam to do this. This film may not appeal to many Aces Go Places fans – but I quite liked it.
Sam of course brings in his friends Karl and Sylvia to help out and after an ice hockey game (is there anything these two can't do?) and another chase (in which Maka excells), the film gets serious. Two giant hoodlums show up at Maka’s apartment – try and grab Junior – Sylvia intervenes and gets brutally beaten up – the kid escapes to the roof top – and falls off. This is another one of those – how did they do that scene? Junior who can’t be more than four years old has a few amazing moments of hanging on and then falling down and getting snagged on something and then falling down some more. Even though you know what you are seeing can’t be real, you still have to hold your breath.
My rating for this film: 7.0
Distributor - Universe
The transfers for all the films in this series are universally excellent. Crisp image and great color.
Letterbox - almost extremely so!
Trailer + previews of: Aces Go Places I
Subs - English, Chinese, Thai, Vietnamese, Japanese, Korean, Bahasa Malaysian and Indonesian
Star files - Sam Hui, Karl Maka, Sylvia Chang and Ringo Lam.
Easy to read subs on black border beneath picture.