Quickly following on the successful footsteps
of Stephen Chow’s Fight Back to School is this similarly themed film from
Wong Jing. Not only is it written by the same person (Barry Wong who appears
here as the heavy police chief) but it also has both Cheung Man and Ng
Man Tat who appeared in Fight Back to School. Unfortunately, Chow is nowhere
on the premises – and his substitute Alfred Cheung simply can’t fill his
shoes. Material that Chow could have possibly done something with falls
flat in the hands of Cheung. Not to imply that the film is a total loss
– it still has a number of things going for it – but it still is overall
a middling comedy.
Above all it does have a fairly good cast besides
those mentioned above. We also have the adorable Chingmy Yau (never looking
cuter than in school uniform, large spectacles and tie), Aaron Kwok, Gabriel
Wong, Michael Chan and I think – though I don’t see the credit – Yam Sai-kwoon
(who played the evil eunuch in Heroic Trio). That’s always one of the more
wonderful things about HK films – that even for a run of the mill film
such as this they could always put a good cast together.
Alfred and Chingmy are both cops and boyfriend
and girlfriend (though Alfred rues mournfully to a friend that they have
never had sex in three years of dating. Ow – poor Alfred – no wonder he
always looks so pinched up!). They separately get assigned to the same
job – to go undercover at a school St Yukon College (which Fonoroff mentions
in his review means “strong sexual desire” in Cantonese) – to find out
whom the son of some top triad boss is. They have to protect him because
rivals of his father’s are coming to kill him. Their only clue is a birthmark
on his buttocks. This regrettably leads to a number of naked male bottoms
Alfred goes in as a teacher and is soon at odds
with the students while Chingmy goes in as a student and soon has the male
student body trailing after her with tongues dragging along the floor.
Cheung Man is also a teacher along with Michael Chan. Chan who nearly always
gets stuck in triad roles (possibly because he was one before getting into
acting!) has a wonderfully funny role as an ex-triad – now going into teaching
– but he often seems to forget that little distinction. Aaron is the student
they are all looking for and Gabriel Wong is his buddy. Ng Man Tat is also
undercover in the school – if only our schools were so safe!
There are some individually funny bits – such
as Alfred taking Ng Man Tats’ advice and charging into Chingmy’s bedroom
with a condom in hand and coming out a moment later with his head wrapped
inside it or Ng Man Tat and Alfred giving a sex educational lesson respectively
as the egg and sperm – but overall very little of it was inspired. Except
of course for Chingmy in those short skirts being inspirational!
Finally in the end is a big action finish when
the triad headed by Yam Sai-kwoon (I think) comes to get Aaron and everyone
bands together. It is pretty much the same plot as Fight Back to School
with only a quarter of the laughs. It is harmless enough fluff though that
will likely cause no damage to the viewer and certainly create a few laughs
along the way.
My rating for this film: 6.0