(Maka) and Fatty (Sammo)
are two cops whose rather over-the-top methods result in their imposed
vacation from the Force, after they accidentally ransack their superior
Officer's wedding celebrations.
Taking a holiday in Singapore to unwind and enjoy their now rather
mundane lives, they chance upon a pair of local girls and hit it
Unfortunately, Tak, a major drug dealer, is out on bail and out
for revenge after his arrest at the hands of Baldy and Fatty.
Finally, B & F decide that enough's enough, and set about luring
out the head of the drugs syndicate
- Tak's brother, the self proclaimed "King Of Drugs" (Lau).
This is possibly one of the strangest films I've seen starring Sammo
- one in which I've enjoyed the comedy and characters a lot more
than the action scenes...
Having been long time collaborators, Hung and Maka are so relaxed
and comfortable in one anothers company that each and every scene
in which they appear is a joy to watch. Their comedy routines mix
the subtle with the slapstick, and are not only very funny but also
very cleverly written, allowing for the pair's natural friendship
to shine through.
most disappointing aspect , however, are the fight scenes - directed
by Lau Kar-Wing
I've never been a great fan of Lau's, either as an actor or director,
and this film has done little to sway my opinion of him.
Whilst he's undoubtedly physically talented, his direction always
seems to lack the clarity Sammo brings to even the most complicated
The film's finale is superbly choreographed, with Sammo utilising
his Bruce Lee impersonation and nunchuka technique to great effect,
but the direction never establishes any sort of tempo. Certain shots
would have been better had they been less protracted, whilst others
are too quickly cut, reducing the excitement of the battles, and
ultimately providing a rather detached viewing experience.
It must be said though, that the standout moment of the film is
Lau and Hung's vicious double machete fight, which although short,
is very sweet!
As mentioned, Sammo does his best to take-off
Bruce Lee's persona, with results not dissimilar to the film's fight
Whilst his physical and facial expressions are spot-on, the
overdubbed screeches are irritating beyond belief. I'm almost certain
it's not Sammo's vocal chords getting a thorough workout, and as
such, the Bruce Lee cries just feel like a weak, last minute, rushed
playing up to Sammo's new found fame since Martial Law, Mei Ah produce
a transfer which is a significant step up from their usual quality
Whilst the now expected artifacts
are still present, they are a lot milder than previous Mei Ah discs,
and for the most part are unnoticeable.
A pleasantly sharp image is presented throughout, with only the
slightly faded colours detracting from the overall quality.
Sparkles tend to occur in short bursts, followed by periods of the
film almost completely devoid of them. Apart from a rather distracting
scratch midway through, the print is in surprisingly good shape,
and makes for a very pleasing experience.
two options provided - 5.1 remix and mono, mono is most definitely
the preferable one.
Distortion is occasionally present at high volumes, but it's minimal,
and whilst the track could be a bit bassier, I found it perfectly
fairly frequent grammar and spelling errors cause a bit of a problem,
the standard of the subs is generally high. Unfortunately, their
readability is impaired by a rather poor font.
For some reason, Mei Ah used a very thinly bordered typeface which
recalls all those VHS "white background nightmare" scenarios.
The scenes in which the subs "disappear" into the picture
are very infrequent, but none the less frustrating.
couldn't get a more basic menu if you tried - a static background,
and five options in green text.
with the now legendary "extra" which is present on all
Mei Ah DVD's (the "film duration guessing game", brought
about by non-existent time encoding), you are provided with a plethora
of options under the Databank menu....a plot synopsis taken from
the back of the box, and a cast and crew listing!!!
I bet you'd buy the disc on the strength of the extras alone now?!?
not going to pretend that I loved this film, but at the same time
I didn't hate it either.
The constant bickering and joking of Hung and Maka is great fun
to watch, as is the final knife battle, but the overriding feeling
I got from watching this is that it should be placed on the "B"
pile of Sammo's work.
It's a fun way to spend an hour and forty five minutes, but not
one which I'm likely to do again for a good while yet.