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Lucky Star 2015 吉星高照2015 (2015) – Hong Kong

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)

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《我愛HK2013 恭囍發財》(2013) – 香港 <影評中文翻譯 – 晏晏>

Review by: Andrew Chan FCCA AACTA FIPRESCI
Translated by: Kristy Leung HKBU
Translated Date: 3rd April 2013
Release on DVD and Blu Ray in Hong Kong on 27th March 2013

Director: Chung Shu Kai 鍾澍佳
Cast: Alan Tam 譚詠麟, Veronica Yip 葉玉卿, Bosco Wong 黃宗澤, Kate Tsui 徐子珊, Michael Tse 謝天華, Eric Tsang 曾志偉, Stanley Fung 馮粹帆

Hong Kong Box Office Takings: HK$16,894,784

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黃百鳴的《家有囍事》系列本是香港每年主流的賀歲劇,但自近年《我愛香港》系列的出現和成功,幾乎已將《家有囍事》的主流位置取而代之。《我愛香港2013》的特別之處是它能夠帶出香港獨特的文化感情和對本土社會大眾的注視,這些都是香港近年來備受關注的議題。再加上一幕幕舊式風味的香港景致,令人感觸更深,更富味道。

譚詠麟近來逐漸取代了梁家輝,成為另一個演繹傳統香港人的代表。他作為這部電影的重心人物,雖然髮型有點令人倒胃口,但亦算發揮得不錯。他與曾志偉在天台上對話的情景,令人自然地聯想起以前的《雙城故事》般對戲的情景。而黃宗澤在《我愛香港》系列中越見到他的演技逐漸進步。他的誇張演技開始變得純熟而流暢,令觀眾慢慢容易接受並喜歡這種演戲方式。他和徐子珊亦越見合拍,看他們打情罵俏的樣子,真的有種情侶的感覺。馮粹帆飾演的善良老闆,是電影中重要的角色;謝天華那狹斜的小混混角色也演得生動有致。最特別的是,息演多年的葉玉卿亦擔當了一角,飾演譚詠麟妻子。她的參與也是賣點之一,必令影迷眼前一亮。而邵音音作為騙神弄鬼的氣功師傅,也為電影製造了不少笑點。

在我而言,《我愛香港2013》比另一套賀歲片《百星酒店》成功。它呈現出港人對香港的獨特情懷,對親朋手足的關愛之情,這些都是現今香港人遺忘了的人民價值。執導所有《我愛香港》系列的TVB導演鍾澍佳,亦成功製造出很多歡樂和令人感動的惰節,幕幕都扣人心弦。看完這部好作品,已令我不禁開始期待來年的《我愛香港2014》了。

香港歷翱述評創作

歷翱 評 – 7.5/10

(中文翻譯 – 晏晏)

Princess and Seven Kung Fu Masters 笑功震武林 (2013) – Hong Kong / China

Review by: Andrew Chan FCCA AACTA
Review Date: 13th March 2013
In cinemas Hong Kong and China from 7th March 2013

Directed by: Wong Jing, Venus Keung
Starring: Ronald Cheng, Sandra Ng, Wong Cho Nam, Eric Tsang, Sammo Hung, Kimmy Tong

Hong Kong Box Office Takings: HK$3,184,910

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I don’t exactly know what is a bigger surprise, the world didn’t end in 2012 or Wong Jing have managed to pull off two good movies in a row. After the above average “The Last Tycoon”, prolific Wong Jing goes back to his comedic roots in the ridiculously titled “Princess and Seven Kung Fu Masters”. The good news is that this is Wong Jing’s funniest comedy in years and lest rejoice.

Packing a steady pack of veteran comedians in Ronald Cheng, Eric Tsang, Sandra Ng and Wong Cho Nam, the film already have the comic appeal and winning presence. What Wong Jing does well in this film is that he manages to put together some decent kung fu sequences (thanks to the sharp action choreography by Phillip Ng) and plenty of good kung fu prowess in Sammo Hung, Dennis To and Phillip Ng. The result is easily winning the audience attention through some truly funny gags and quality kung fu on display. It’s been long overdue, but Wong Jing finally deliver what he does and can do best, in making good commercial cinema.

This is really an ensemble cast performance. Ronald Cheng continues his good streak of form in yet another welcoming comic display. As usual, Sandra Ng is funny with a welcoming presence, Eric Tsang gets an extended role and is already wonderful to witness alongside longtime TVB partner in crime Wong Cho Nam. Sammo Hung flairs well with some good kung fu chops, as does up and coming martial artists Dennis To and Phillip Ng. As usual, what Wong Jing film can be completed without a flower glass and Kimmy Tong (who has been a regular in Wong Jing’s films for the past year) fits the bill without being demeaning.

All in all, I know I haven’t been the nicest of critics of Wong Jing in recent years, but as the old saying goes, you are only as good as your last film. Then Wong Jing career have seem to revive in both “The Last Tycoon” and now this film. Credit should always be given when due and this is no exception as “Princess and Seven Kung Fu Masters” is easily Wong Jing’s funniest and best comedy in years and a fine return to form. I don’t know how long this streak will last, but for the sake of the weeping and dwelling Hong Kong cinema fans, let’s hope that this is the beginning of a new chapter in Wong Jing turbulent career. (Neo 2013)

I rates it 7.5/10

I Love Hong Kong 2013 我愛HK 恭囍發財 (2013) – Hong Kong

Review by: Andrew Chan FCCA AACTA
Review Date: 19th February 2013
Releasing in cinemas in Hong Kong, 7th February 2013

Director: Chung Shu Kai
Cast: Alan Tam, Veronica Yip, Bosco Wong, Kate Tsui, Michael Tse, Eric Tsang, Stanley Fung

Hong Kong Box Office Takings: HK$16,894,784

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Another year, another Lunar Chinese New Year film from the successful “I Love Hong Kong” franchise. After knocking veteran Raymond Wong’s long running “All Well Ends Well” off the pearl, TVB and Shaw Brothers continue the same family drama plot line and remains surprisingly affecting. One of the reasons why “I Love Hong Kong 2013” works, is because it touches upon relevant Hong Kong people concerns and the sentimental value that people place on long lost Hong Kong culture in the rapidly changing territory. The result is another good addition to the series that wins the audience over with a touching if cliché scenario.

Alan Tam replaces Tony Leung Kar Fai in the latest instalment as the Hong Kong old dinosaur in focus. With a bad hairdo that is actually rather distracting, Tam manages to produce one of his better performances in recent years. His rooftop chat with Eric Tsang (in an equally bad make-up and costume), revokes the glory Hong Kong cinema days when the pair chased after Maggie Cheung (namely “Alan And Eric: Between Hello And Goodbye“). However, the star of the show is given to the ever improving Bosco Wong. Wong steadily impresses in deliberately overacting for comedic effect and remains a easily likeable character for the audience to root for. His already established chemistry with Kate Tsui is easy on the eye and the two plays off each other like old couples having a great time. Stanley Fung once again provides the anchor role as the kind hearted boss of the restaurant, while Michael Tse is suitably hilarious in the “villainous” role who insanely grew up to become Natalis Chan. Rounding out the film, we also get to see the much missed Veronica Yip (playing Tam’s wife) who have not made a film since 1996. Long time fans of Hong Kong cinema will surely be on the mark with this one. Also in the for the laughs, is the always scene stealing Siu Yam Yam’s cameo as the fraudulent “Chi” seller.

All in all, “I Love Hong Kong 2013” easily won the battle of the two lunar new year films (the other being “Hotel Deluxe“) as it is far more personal, more uniquely Hong Kong and more importantly about basic human values that a lot of people have forgotten in the midst of Hong Kong working life. Veteran TVB director Chung Shu Kai who helmed the entire “I Love Hong Kong” series is once again successful in balancing over the top humour with the right level of drama and hitting the right emotional buttons in the most crucial moments. With the box office success looming once again, we look forward to the series continuing in yet another Hong Kong 70s and modern day crossover in “I Love Hong Kong 2014”. See you next year! (Neo 2013)

I rated it 7.5/10