福星闖江湖
Return of the Lucky Stars (1989)


Reviewed by: Sydneyguy
Date: 12/30/2008
Summary: Average

most of the jokes dont come off and its just plain stupid!! I had higher expectations of this movie but its over the top scenarios usually arent funny. some jokes work but thats in a minority. Ok for a once viewing with the fast forward button

Reviewer Score: 5

Reviewed by: Frank Lakatos
Date: 10/18/2005
Summary: 1989, the late 80's into the 90's, was the perfect time for the Lucky Stars comedies........

1989, the late 80's into the 90's, was the perfect time for the Lucky Stars comedies. The feeling was just right and relaxed, as the masses of bad HK movies just bored the heck out of everybody for a change. Instead of unrealistically competing for the most box office revenue lead by the John Woo and Ringo Lam movies(the lucky stars hilariously parodize the Heroic Bloodshed movies during the final fight, well, not really a fight), fitting into the then great 80's action scenes that was expected to accompany Sammo Hung, this time, the spotlight is on the comedy and the actors. What is great and makes this installment successful is that nobody takes themselves too seriously here, nobody tries to hard for the comedy. The atmosphere is light, everybody just goe free and silly, the script is crazy, and everybody seems to enjoy themselves, as the pressures of HK movie industry aren't seen in this movie, explaining why everyone is having fun, which is a rarity in the HK movie industry. If the lucky stars are having fun, then the viewer will have just as much fun. The script is easy going and the comedy is consitant. One of the best installments in the series. ****/*****


Reviewed by: Inner Strength
Date: 08/21/2002
Summary: Average

I know I reviewed this one before, but I don't know what happened to it. Anyway, in my opinion this was one of the least funny in the series, but the high light of the film was the Better Tomorrow jokes! Actually most of this was very funny, but unfortunatly most of the same jokes that had been used in the previous films were once again present.

Probably only worth seeing if you haven't seen this one and you enjoyed the previous Lucky Stars films.

[2.5/5]


Reviewed by: Kncklz2000
Date: 07/26/2001
Summary: Could have been better

It’s another one. The Lucky Stars are back again, but it doesn’t mean that the movie lives up to its name.

The movie starts out with the gang performing a Chinese lion dance (really funny stuff) for the grand opening of their store. Then there’s an incident in the store where Eric Tsang and Miu Kiu Wai get dressed in drag (also funny stuff-Eric speaks some English in here. He also sings “Like a virgin”).

So with a very good comedic beginning you think that the movie is going well, right? Wrong. The movie just keeps going and going. It shows how Inspector Tso managed to trick them into helping a felon get out of jail and back on his feet in the crime business...

Of course, you have your “let’s play some tricks on the girl while trying to feel her up” moments, but they’re not that good either. If you get any kind of laughs form them, it’s because of Eric Tsang. He’s the goofy looking Asian that can make a bad scene seem decent.

Lau Kar Wing choreographed the action in the movie? YES. There was action in this movie? YES. With such a great choreographer (at points now and then in his career life) you’d think that any action in here is going to be great. Well, that is the case, BUT it’s too damn slow. They should’ve undercranked it a little. You got these somewhat normal fights, but they’re just too slow.

I give thumbs up to the end of the movie. You got some good action and humor mixed in one. My favorite was with Eric Tsang. Eric, while holding a machine gun, is chased by a gangster. He turns around and starts firing at him. When he runs out of bullets, he starts shouting out noises as if his gun was still firing. Then the guy chases him again. There’s this weird looking playground type thing-it’s like a tubular thing with lots of holes. So the guy tried to find Eric but every time he looks into a hole, Eric pops out from another one and just hits him in the groin or anywhere else. Eric gets out of the damn thing and runs again. He sees a bunch of baseballs lying on the ground and begins to throw them at the gangster. He gets a baseball bat and starts chasing him. Now the gangster jumps into the playground thing, but every time he pops his head out, Eric just whacks him with the bat.

There are some more good moments and a few neat stunts (like when a guy opens the door, Eric hits him with the damn bat, and you see the guy flying across the room)

I guess it’s so-so. I recommend renting it or borrowing it form a friend. But since I’m trying to get every damn HK movie out there, I bought it. I think if Sammo had something to do with the movie, it would have been a lot better.


Reviewed by: ryanatpoker
Date: 04/06/2001
Summary: Synopsis

Four former orphanage buddies join forces to open a detective agency. They are coerced by the local police chief into investigating a Hong Kong crime boss, and find themselves forced to risk life and limb to uphold the law!