jx (1972)
The Warlord


Reviewed by: pjshimmer
Date: 07/17/2005

Nice satire. Great dialogue.

[7/10]


Reviewed by: mpongpun
Date: 12/21/2002

This was Michael Hui’s debut film and by all means, I would not say it is a classic. Just before doing this flick, Michael Hui was teaching at a school and later got into game show hosting. In 1971, Michael and his brother Sam, hit it big with the “Hui Brothers Show”. The director for this flick, Li Han Hsiang then swooped down and snatched up Michael to have him star in this flick and three more down the road such as HAPPIEST MOMENT , SCANDAL, and SINFUL CONFESSIONS. Michael later left the Shaw Brothers for Golden Harvest because of some issues with the way the Shaw Brothers handle their business. Nevertheless, this flick was a decent watch with a great cast and decent “Michael Hui” comedy. Michael Hui plays a 20th Century warlord in China named Pang Ta Fu who sells out his country so that he can take a chance at being the Emperor. In the end, the period of warlords ruling China dies out. The days of Pang Ta Fu’s stamp on the law are numbered. Ultimately, a face from the past (guest appearance by Lily Ho) re-appears on the scene to make sure the Pang Ta Fu’s last days are numbered by paying back a long overdue debt to him. Watch this flick for Michael Hui’s debut and how Cantonese comedy started to make a comeback on the silver screen. Recommended.