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F*** /Off
Year: 1999 "Who's your buddy?"
Dayo Wong and Cheung Tat-Ming
Director: Abe Kwong Man-Wai
Producer: Cha Yuen-Yee
Cast: Dayo Wong Chi-Wah, Cheung Tat-Ming, Angela Tong Ying-Ying, Lai Yiu-Cheung, Bobby Yip Kin-Sang (Bat Leung-Gum), Michelle Wong Man, Law Lan, Matthew Chow Hoi-Kwong, Vincent Kok Tak-Chiu, Simon Lui Yu-Yeung
The Skinny: Dayo Wong and Cheung Tat-Ming show some comic chemistry in this fun comedy sleeper.
by Kozo:
     The first film from writer Abe Kwong is a low-key, yet surprisingly engaging comedy. Cheung Tat-Ming is Lee Ka-Sing (get it?), a mousy bank clerk who admires his co-worker (Michelle Wong), and generally does little to disturb others. One day a debt collector (the ubiquitous Bobby Yip) turns up to collect 3 million from Lee, which was borrowed by an acquaintance.
     Having no option, Lee finds himself contemplating the solution of a low-rent rascal nicknamed Ba Ba (as in “father”). Played by Dayo Wong, Ba Ba is a big talking layabout who’s losing his girlfriend (Angela Tong) and never completes anything he starts. A robbery is the perfect solution for the two. One gets the money, the other completes a goal, and both come out ahead in the self-esteem department.
     While that message is touted quite prominently, it is thankfully shown through incident rather than out-and-out verbal soul-searching. Also, there’s time for lots of funny stuff. While this isn’t a belly-laugh kind of film, the laid-back tone and solid performances make for a good time. Cheung Tat-Ming and Dayo Wong display an obvious chemistry, and whatever mugging they do is offset by their crack comic timing.
     The film also contains a few HK-specific cheesy moments, but even those are played for laughs. The robbery itself is a hilarious set piece capped by Law Lan’s appearance as the policewoman who wouldn’t quit. This is a genuine sleeper that entertains without insulting. (Kozo 1998)
Availability: DVD (Hong Kong)
Region 0 NTSC
Universe Laser
Cantonese and Mandarin Language Tracks
Removable English and Chinese Subtitles

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