an all-star cast, and some of the most juvenile jokes you're likely
to see, this sequel to the 1983 smash "Winners And Sinners" proved
to be such a hit it went on to spawn a host of sequels and spin-offs.
After chasing a crooked cop into a Tokyo theme-park, cops Muscles
(Chan) and Ricky (Biao) are ambushed, resulting in Ricky's abduction.
In a bid to track down his partner, Muscles recruits his old orphanage
pals, a ragtag bunch of misfits, in an attempt to crack the case.
Personally, I've always felt that this is one of the best additions
to the the Lucky Stars series, blending puerile humour and excellent
action into a very satisfying whole.
All of the cast play off each other exceptionally well, making their
relationships all the more believable, and enjoyable.
Although Jackie gets top billing, his role is relatively small,
with the bulk of the film being carried along by Sammo and his orphan
buddies. This may be off-putting to Jackie fans but although his
scenes are fairly few and far between, those that he appears in
this Universe transfer is relatively clean, with only light wear
featuring on the print.
However, whilst the colour and detail levels are very good, mild
trails are evident on fast moving scenes, as is
some minor artifacting.
An improvement over the VHS but not by much, which is a shame considering
the excellent job Universe have done with significantly older films.
A good, rather than great, transfer.
good remix, which successfully distributes the sound effects and
dialogue across the front speakers. Surround effects are prevalent
throughout, and rarely feel out of place.
The bulk of the dialogue is handled well, although the centre-speaker
sound quality is too "treble-y", lacking bass.
the subs are good, allowing you to understand most of the jokes
without too much hassle. However, grammar and spelling errors are
fairly prevalent, and can occasionally become confusing.
design is identical to many of Universe's older Jackie DVD's, with
simple layouts and clear images.
They're perfectly easy to move around and select, just rather uninteresting.
chapter-stops, three trailers (Wheels On Meals, Dragons Forever, Young Master) and
the theatrical trailer.
What came as a surprise was the lack of any trailers for the other
films in the Lucky Stars series, especially as Universe have released
these on DVD as well.
clear cover design adorns the front of the case, with a style befitting
However, the description on the back makes the film sound like a
psychological action thriller, which is about as far from it as
you could get!
Note: My disc has a completely different
sleeve-design from the one featured on AsianDVDGuide.com. If you move the cursor over
the image above, you'll see the alternative cover.
For those of you who
already own the dubbed version, there are a few changes you should
be aware of:
Firstly, the opening title sequence which featured orange stars
moving around a map, is not included in this version.
Secondly, the scene in the restaurant where the waiter brings a
plastic frog to the table, is different, and a lot more understandable/funny
on the DVD.
This highly enjoyable, and very funny movie
is pure entertainment from start to finish, and a great introduction
to Hong Kong-style comedy. If you've never encountered a Lucky Stars
movie before, this is an excellent starting point, with its cast
all performing exceptionally well.
Unfortunately, as mentioned above, the DVD is far from perfect,
and whilst not a complete letdown it could (and should) have been
A slapped wrist for Universe - hopefully next time their transfer
will shine as brightly as their Stars...