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星際鈍胎 (1983)
Twinkle Twinkle Little Star

Reviewed by: ororama
Date: 11/04/2009

"Twinkle Twinkle Little Star" is a mix of sci-fi, sex comedy and sketch comedy. Cherie Chung is presented as an Asian Marilyn Monroe, including a scene based on the subway grating publicity photo from The Seven Year Itch. This scene goes on for quite a while,so you get a good look at her panties. This scene also includes a superhero costume joke that is the wittiest moment in the movie.

The story moves from scene to scene in a brisk manner, but you have to work to figure out how what is happening relates to what came before, because the scenes are so loosely connected. The movie focuses more on parodying sc-fi films, including "Close Encounters of the Third Kind" and "Star Wars", than on telling a coherent story.

Cherie Chung is presented as irresistable to men and as a dumb non-blonde, apparently to emphasize the Marilyn Monroe image the film seems to be trying to create for her.

Unfortunately, Cherie Chung is not given the opportunity to act. In later films, she showed that she was extremely capable of conveying vulnerability, also one of Monroe's strengths. This movie uses her simply as a decoration and focuses on the routines of the comics.

The movie also includes an alien abduction and a Jekyll and Hyde subplot. There is also a suicide attempt which parodies melodramatic silent serials, but wastes the opportuntity it promises to give another look at Cherie Chung in her panties.

"Twinkle Twinkle Little Star" is a modestly entertaining sci-fi comedy that spends more time than it should on comedy that could be funnier, and unfortunately doesn't give Cherie Chung the chance to show the talent that would be so apparent in a few years.

Reviewed by: sharkeysbar
Date: 05/06/2006
Summary: How I wonder what you are.

The second line to the children's rhyme has never been more appropriate to a movie titled with the first line than this little gem.
I admit I love bizarre movies and this one fits the bill big time! It has a bit of absolutley everything and I mean everything. The homages to Bruce Lee and Star Wars are combined into the one fight scene, but I kept wondering when ET would make an appearance. It is just a thoroughly mad capped movie, very disjointed, with some poor editing in places and the subtitles are very amateurish, in places nonsensical, but definitely contribute to the total whackiness of this film.
While I can't say I understood what this film is about, I was mesmerized and had to watch it twice in quick succession, maybe I thought a second viewing would help, it didn't.
I will watch it again, I particularly enjoyed the 2 detectives, who border on slap stick and give the impression that they were just as confused about this movie, hmmm maybe I will watch it the next time with a bottle of good maotai, it may help!

Reviewer Score: 7

Reviewed by: MrBooth
Date: 02/02/2003
Summary: Weird!

I won't even try to provide a summary for this one because, frankly, it's much too weird. It's one of the few Hong Kong science fiction movies, though the sci-fi is a background element in a chaotic mixture of... well, everything. There's almost nothing from the film industry's armoury that isn't used somewhere in the movie. The plus side of this is that movie is never in danger of being predictable - it's almost never possible to guess what the next scene will bring. The downside of this is that when the next scene arrives and you find out, you'll usually be thinking "eh? what the? why the?". Most of the time it doesn't make an awful lot of sense.

The movie is perhaps best treated as a series of comedy skits, tied together by a loose plot of alien abductions and bumbling detectives, and Cherie Chung as a ditzy young lady who seems to have the worst luck in the world. It is all kind of woven together towards the end, but it's a pretty ramshackle structure. Possibly a consequence of having six credited script writers (who the evidence suggests probably never spoke to each other about what they were writing).

"Is it good?", though, is the essential question. Well, kind of. There are a lot of scenes that are funny or interesting or both. There's a lot of scenes that are neither as well though. It is definitely a unique experience, and quite a memorable one. Even quite enjoyable. I think that a little more focus would have led to a better movie though.

Possible recommendation, for the brave and curious.

Oh, and the Celestial DVD looks great, sounds passable and has pretty sloppy subtitles that probably didn't help with the comprehension thing :)

Reviewer Score: 3

Reviewed by: pjshimmer
Date: 01/23/2003

Here's a movie so strange and innovative at the same time that it almost makes Love on Delivery (1994) and Holy Weapon (1993) look serious. This is one of those movies in which anything goes, like a guy is about to become shark meal, when all of a sudden lightning strikes on the shark, making it fart, transforming into a CD-R.

But the special effects are impressive for this time period. On an old tape, one may not think much of it, but the remastered print really brings out the charm. The first minute of the movie (where the old guy sees UFO) makes you suspect it's a 2000 movie, and most scenes show no sign of dating. It's A little bit of a homage to, and a parody of, Star Wars, Superman, as well as American Werewolves. Insannely stupid.

Reviewed by: mpongpun
Date: 01/02/2003

Supposedly this flick was a groundbreaking experience for the Shaw Brothers studio as it dabbled in the Sci Fi arena along with the usage of SFX. Personally, I didn’t find this film all that great. At the end of the flick, I could not even think of one thing that really stands out. The story was lame and I could not stand Cherie Chung’s character at all. Basically, the story is about some lame detective named Eden (Yi Lui) and his ugly assistant, Kong Lun Bo(Tam Tin Nan), trying to corroborate the story of a pretty chick named Chen’s (Cherie Chung) insistence that she was abducted by some aliens. Meanwhile, a mad scientist (Leung Tin) strengthens Ah Chen’s claim of the alien encounter causing her to become the hottest flavor of the month. In the meantime, Eden has done some snooping around and cracks the case of the aliens and flying saucers—it’s all a hoax! Word gets out to all the newspapers of the hoax thus causing Ah Chen’s star status to drop into oblivion. Despite all the shattered dreams of superstardom, Ah Chen and Eden decide to tie the knot and live happily ever after.