Romancing the Star III
I am not sure if it was the excess of turkey I
ate on Thanksgiving or the late hour that I began watching this (2 a.m.)
that effected my brain, but I found this slight Wong Jing comedy fairly
amusing though now I can’t think exactly why. Poof – it was gone faster
from my brain than thoughts of love on a spring day. It has a totally insubstantial
plot that is there only to frame a number of hit and miss gags around.
There are a series of three Romancing the Star films though I am not clear
if there is a connection other than Wong Jing producing and Stanley Fung
appearing in all of them.
What is really surprising in my basic enjoyment
of this film is that it completely wastes the talents of the actors that
I watched the film for. Chingmy Yau, Cheung Man, Vivian Chow and Andy Lau
are utilized terribly while the spotlight falls on the likes of Wong Jing,
Lawrence Cheng, Shing Fui On and Chan San Hui. Andy was likely doing three
or more films at the same time – and so (though prominently displayed on
the cover) only has time to pop in for a few quick cameos and then vanishes
again – while the women are there primarily to act as a foil and a lusting
target for the male characters. A criminal misuse of resources in my book
– but still a little Chingmy is better than no Chingmy!
Stanley Fung owns a car repair shop and hires
the four fellows – and then learns that an old rival in love, James Wong,
has opened a competing repair shop next door. Assisting him are his three
daughters – Chingmy, Vivian and Wanda Yung – and his sister-in-law Cheung
Man – not your typical grease monkeys! The boys immediately have eyes for
the girls but their courting techniques are clearly lacking so the Love
Doctor (Andy Lau) makes a house call and tries to teach them the 13 Ways
to Seduce a Woman!
Another thread running through the film is everyone’s
desires to emigrate – and everyone is trying to make enough money to get
out of HK as soon as possible. Stanley also runs an emigration business
on the side – and depending on how much money his clients have he sets
them up overseas. For the four boys, the only place they can afford is
somewhere in Africa where natives are still running around with spears
– another blatant non-PC example of HK film’s lack of sensitivity in certain
areas. Later they perform in a gay club in San Francisco with equal sensitivity!
Also appearing in the film are Fung King Man as the head of a gang, Dennis
Chan as the theater owner and Sandra Ng making a cameo as a waitress.
The film is full of corny routines, film parodies
and just plain nonsense that ranges from extremely lame to slightly amusing
– but never inspired comedy – yet it has an overall easy going humor to
it that hit the right spot – but clearly something I would not likely bother
with ever again.
My rating for this film: 6.0
Distributed by Universe
The transfer is fine - basic Universe standard
- not as sharp as it could be - but clean and with OK coloring.
Cantonese and Mandarin language tracks
Chinese or English subs - that are easy to
No trailer or other attractions.
Star files on Andy Lau, Wong Jing and Vivian