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神探朱古力 (1986)
Inspector Chocolate

Reviewed by: Frank Lakatos
Date: 02/10/2006
Summary: This is the leats funniest of the Hui brothers movies..

This is the leats funniest of the Hui brothers movies, because the dramatic elements do not mix well with the comedy and the script wasn't written well. The beginning to mid half of the movie is hilarious, with Michael Hui insulting the daughter of the muscular police chief Roy Chiao, while Ricky Hui goe sundercover, while Michael dresses in drag to catch Chan Wei Man. After that, scene sare poorly written, and the dramatic elements overtake the comedy, and when the elemnts become too dramatic, the scenes and style of the movie become too awkward and out of place in Miachel Hui's hands. Watch other Hui brothers movies instead. 2/5

Reviewed by: MrBooth
Date: 01/16/2006

I saw this film under the billing "Chocolate Inspector", and was most disappointed when it turned out that no chocolate is inspected during the course of the film! Quite a bit of the stuff does get eaten though, so it wasn't all bad ;)

Inspector Chocolate (who gives the film it's more sensibly ordered name) is a bumbling inspector who gets reassigned to the "Missing pets and persons" department as a snub. The chief puts his daughter under him, reasoning that she won't get hurt looking for lost cats. Chocolate initially thinks she is a bimbo, but in the course of an investigation into a TV chef's missing child they each get to prove their courage and integrity.

This is a nice comedy with a little bit of action and some likeable characters. It's strange seeing Anita Mui playing a bimbo since she's anything but in real life (and in most of her films). Being an 80's HK movie there are some car chases and big explosions, but it's not overdone. Good story, good characters, good comedy, good action... good film. Nothing mind-blowing or life-changing, but solid entertainment.

Reviewer Score: 7

Reviewed by: Inner Strength
Date: 03/21/2002
Summary: Good

Inspector Chocolate basically tells the story of 2 cops, trying to track down a TV cook show hosts son who has been kidnapped, with plenty of trouble for the Hui brothers to get into.

First off, this is a comedy (part of the ‘Mr Boo’ movies), and it is quite silly at times, so if you don’t like such films, then don’t bother reading the rest of this. Otherwise, keep reading, because it is quite amusing for one of those mid 80’s ‘anything goes’ action/comedies.

The film starts off with the 2 cops making a mess (a big mess) as they try to arrest some car thieves, and end up wrecking half of Hong Kong. Their chief is not happy, and as predictable as it gets, they are given less important duties to do, and the duo are given a new partner, played by Anita Mui (the chiefs daughter). They are not happy with her, as she soon gets under their feet.

Sibelle Hu plays a TV host on a cookery show, and is a big star in Hong Kong. However, one day her son is suddenly grabbed off the streets one day for what seems to be no apparent reason – but goes on to be much more serious than they first expected, and they keep meeting dead ends. The only witness is her other son, who the cops are trying to protect at the same time as looking for his brother. But they get into so much trouble whilst turning Hong Kong upside down looking for him.

Sibelle Hu actually acts very well in this, as does Tai Bo, though he doesn't get on the screen until near the end.

Story apart, it’s full of jokes, most of which are pretty stupid, but brings a smile to my face every time I watch it. I’ve seen this one several times over the years, and I do think it is quite funny. But some parts of the film are too slow, and certainly gets boring half way through, but does get better again. It’s not to be taken too seriously though. Overall, not bad, hard to find I think, but worth it if you do.

Rating: [4/5]

Reviewed by: mehaul
Date: 07/04/2001

Cute detective story about the kidnapping of a TV cook’s son. Nice chemistry between lead actors (detectives). Overall the movie looks a little rough around the edges with fair action choreography

Reviewed by: hkcinema
Date: 12/08/1999

Michael Hui is in fine form as a devoted but bumbling policeinspector with an addiction to chocolate candies. His efforts to succeed in his calling are in no way aided by his assistant, Detective Tart, who is infatuated with survival equipment and girls. Chocolate is further impeded when his boss assigns his inexperienced detective-constable daughter to his squad and puts them on the case of the missing child of a TV star. 'Chocolate and his squad blunder their way though the case. Expect great staging and brilliant timing in this very funny film that has been a huge success wherever it has been screened.

[Reviewed by Rim Films Catalog]