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壞小子 (1980)
The Cheeky Chap

Reviewed by: Frank Lakatos
Date: 10/14/2005
Summary: An above average A class Golden Harvest production that is well worth your time........

This is Wei Pei's only starring role for a Golden Harvest movie(Jackie Chan and Sammo Hung were hogging Raymond Chow's attention), and last roles ina Golden Harvest movie. After leaving the Shaw Brothers, Golden Harvest thought Wei ahd star quality, Wei wa scasted in Young Master with another new face to Golden Harvest, Jackie Chan. AT the time, too much marketable talent was pouring into Golden Harves, including Sammo Hung, and Wei was left behind. This movie was to experiment with his marketability, and he is a natural lead, and holds the movie together quite well. The movie is shot and acted in a clean careful way, so it's quite a relaxing experience to watch it, and the choreography is A class quality, as the final fight includes vicious Wu Shu choreography. The ending is not a happy one, as the dramatic endings were rare in kung fu movies at that time. An above average A class Golden Harvest production that is well worth your time. ****1/2/*****

Reviewed by: STSH
Date: 01/15/2000

Cheeky is an understatement ! The lead character's arrogance, added to an ever-present grin and blatant disregard for anyone else's feeling make him a character difficult to like.
This is the film's main problem, even ahead of the awful stop-motion fu-fighting which plagues every fight except the climax (which is pretty good).
I just cannot understand how anyone could sympathize with a hero who, directly and by neglect, causes the death of the father of the girl he's wooing.
The main actors in this film are credited as they appear, which is a bonus for those who want to know who is who. However, they are in historical writing (i.e. hard to read), and chopped off at the sides.
Below average, and not really up to Golden Harvest's standards.

Reviewer Score: 3