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IQAGH (1988)
It's a Mad, Mad, Mad World II

Reviewed by: Brian Thibodeau
Date: 04/06/2006
Summary: It's A Mean Mean Mean World, too!

Manic, remarkably mean-spirited sequel sees little hope for Hong Kong Chinese at home and even less abroad, as papa Bill Tung moves the clan to Vancouver, Canada, a land of spacious Saveways, Texan accents and suburban blandness (where people sit out on lawn chairs in the winter!) that quickly turns ugly in a variety of contrived ways, such as when Bill and “student” Lowell Lo run afoul of murderous truck drivers, middle daughter Loletta Lee gets stripped to her underwear in a university hazing (well, OK, I kinda enjoyed that...), eldest daughter Elsie Chan dates a gweilo punk, and little Pauline Kwan becomes a kidnap victim when mom Lydia Shum wins Canada’s Lotto 649 jackpot. The filmmakers’ ignorance of - and overt racism towards - foreign cultures (including the Chinese diaspora) is staggering enough once they remove their characters from the congestion of Hong Kong, but it’s matched by a cynical disdain for the citizens of that city in the opening minutes, jarringly articulated in two scenes: one where Bill and Lydia endure a subway ride surrounded by “other Asians” who practically make them sick, and another where the giving of traditional New Year’s red packets is portrayed as a merciless cash grab. A bleak, tiring rehash of everything that worked well in the first film, including gags lifted verbatim from THE BENNY HILL SHOW.

Reviewer Score: 2

Reviewed by: hkcinema
Date: 12/21/1999

The sequel continues with TUNG BILL and LYDIA SHUM as husband andwife. They and their three wacky daughters (ELSIE CHAN LOLETTA LEE PAULINE KWAN) move to Vancouver for more fun adventure and dreams of winning the Lotto.

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