Lucky Star 2015 吉星高照2015 (2015)- Hong Kong
Reviewed by Andrew Chan
Date: 23 May 2015
Director: Ching Long
Starring: Eric Tsang, Wong Cho Lam, Ella Chen (S.H.E.), Dada Chan, Wen Chao
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We all reminiscent the good old days of Stephen Chow’s style of comedy and his string of 90s classic have pretty much earmarked a generation of Hong Kong people. “Lucky Star 2015” like many other films before it, tries hard to recapture this memory in referencing to as many Chow’s iconic scenes as possible. In many ways, this is a hit and miss film, where some moments are better than others and while remembering Chow’s best moments in cinematic history is enjoyable to say the least. It can also be overindulgence and serving as a hefty reminder of what Hong Kong cinema have become today.
Wong Cho Nam headlines this film as a struggling director in the Hong Kong film industry and instead venture the role of a “mama san” for gigolos in order to survive. Adding to the trouble is his fading figure as the boyfriend of an up and coming actress (played by Dada Chan) who is considering a nude CAT III role in Ang Lee’s latest film – “Lust, Caution 2” (This is not real by the way.) Wen Chao (Stephen Chow’s fulltime voice impersonator) whose life quest is to meet Stephen Chow plays Wong Cho Nam’s sidekick, while Taiwanese singer S.H.E’s Ella Chen provides some comic relief.
All in all, “Lucky Star 2015” is by no means a great film, but it have plenty of enjoyable and fun moments to warrant a single guilty pleasure viewing. We all love Stephen Chow and sometime, seeing his iconic scenes acted out again provides a simple nostalgic moment. Wong Cho Nam pairs well with Dada Chan as the two play off each other in a complimentary manner and some of the best scenes remains on the Hong Kong heritage tram ride. It remains to be seen, whether Wen Chao can craft himself a career out of simply impersonating Chow’s voice, but at least his presence here is more welcoming than annoying. With the current crop of Hong Kong lunar New Year comedies (the likes of “An Inspector Calls” faltering badly), “Lucky Star 2015” is actually quite decent in comparison and enough laughs to warrant a one-time viewing. (Neo 2015)
Recommended film and endorsed by HK Neo Reviews.
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