Tricky Brains (1991)
Reviewed by: MrBooth on 2001-09-26
Summary: Mo Lei Tau!
TRICKY BRAINS (1991) - Mo lei tau! Stephen Chiau + Wong Jing is a dangerous combination :-) Chiau plays the "Manly Tricky Master", a private practical joker (like a private detective, but with less detective work). He is hired to 'play tricks' on Andy Lau by a jealous colleague, and infiltrates the Lau/Ng man Tat family home to cause mischief. It takes quite a while for the plot to start moving, with much of the first half hour just being gags, but when it does it's quite a nice story with a little bit of heart. The comedy is broad and silly, and sometimes rather contrived, but had me laughing quite a lot. Much was certainly lost in the subtitles though - even I could spot that there was quite a bit being said that wasn't translated. Andy Lau struggles at times as Chiau's foil, not naturally being a Mo Lei Tau kind of actor, but Chiau and Tat carry him quite well. Wong Jing has a recurring cameo that's quite good, and Rosamund Kwan and Chingmy Yau provide the female balance to the cast. Worth a watch. Mei Ah DVD is pretty sucky, being a bare bones disc with burned in subs.

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