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Pedicab Driver
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Awards:

9th Annual HK Film Awards

  • Winner - Best Original Song
    "Pang Jeuk Oi"
    Literally: "Relying on Love"
    Music:
    Lowell Lo Koon-Ting
    Lyrics: Poon Yuen-Leung
    Performed by: So Noi

Notes:
Pedicab Driver is currently unavailable on video, save for a VHS release in the UK. The injustice of this act cannot be measured.

 

Year: 1989
Director: Sammo Hung Kam-Bo
Action: Brandy Yuen Jan-Yeung, Mang Hoi, Sammo Hung Stuntmen's Association
Cast: Sammo Hung Kam-Bo, Nina Li Chi, Suen Yuet, Max Mok Siu-Chung, Fennie Yuen Kit-Ying, Lowell Lo Koon-Ting, Mang Hoi, John Sham Kin-Fun, Lau Kar-Leung, Maria Cordero, Corey Yuen Kwai, Billy Lau Nam-Kwong, Manfred Wong, Alfred Cheung Kin-Ting, Lam Ching-Ying, Peter Chan Lung, Dick Wei, Michelle Yip Suen, Chung Fat, Billy Chow Bei-Lei, Mai Kei, Eric Tsang Chi-Wai, Manfred Wong, Eddie Maher, Fung Ging-Man, Hsiao Ho, Yuen Tak, Chu Tau, Fung Lee
The Skinny: This movie is all over the place and probably shouldn't be considered a great film. However, for those seeking the eighties definition of Hong Kong Cinema, it's hard to top Pedicab Driver.
Review
by Kozo:

     Classifying this movie is impossible. An uneven action comedy, Pedicab Driver exemplifies the type of popular cinema that Hong Kong loved during the eighties. What that means is it's a mismatched series of pratfalls, slapstick, mixed messages, bizarre comedy, heightened emotions, sudden tragedy and yes, incredible fight scenes. Sammo Hung was at the wheel of this truly Hong Kong confection, and he comes through nicely. Many will scratch their heads once it's over, but Pedicab Driver is one entertaining movie.
     Here's the plot: Sammo Hung and Max Mok play a pair of pedicab drivers (think rickshaws pulled by bicycles) who fall in love with respective females Nina Li and Fennie Yuen. However, wacky problems and unseen baddies arise, along with excuses for much wacky shtick and sudden fighting. That fighting is of the most entertaining variety, including a terrific sequence between Sammo Hung and director Lau Kar-Leung. There are also chases, out-of-nowhere gags (there's even a Star Wars joke), and the requisite shifts in tone.
     Those shifts are actually quite extreme here. So extreme, in fact, that by film's end you might wonder if you're watching the same movie. Pedicab Driver has rather typical romantic problems—a dreadful secret may prevent Max Mok and Fennie Yuen from finding happiness —but they're handled in an expectedly audience-satisfying manner. At least initially. That's right, IT ALL GOES TO HELL, and revenge becomes a major factor. Didn't this start off as a happy-go-lucky kind of film?
     Still, for an uneven mishmash of genres and tones, Pedicab Driver succeeds wholeheartedly. It doesn't really fit into any real classification, except the "enjoyable" one. The film is an entertaining as they come, and features something for probably everyone. Acting and production values are as you'd expect (that is, they're all over the place), but as a whole this film is as successful an example of Hong Kong Cinema as you'll find. Hollywood could never release a film like this, and it's arguable if Hong Kong could anymore either. (Kozo 1996/2002)

   
 
 
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