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Tricky Business
Year: 1995 "Your tofu stinks!"
Lau Ching-Wan and Anita Yuen
Director: Lee Lik-Chee
Producer: Wong Jing
Writer: Lee Lik-Chee, Vincent Kok Tak-Chiu
Cast: Lau Ching-Wan, Anita Yuen Wing-Yee, Law Kar-Ying, Eric Kot Man-Fai, Jan Lam Hoi-Fung, Wyman Wong Wai-Man, Linda Cheung Lan-Ying, Ha Ping
The Skinny: This film has decent actors, but a cheap plot and annoying antics submarine everything. Watching this movie is like going to hell, only colder.
by Kozo:
     Semi-sequel to Tricky Brains casts Lau Ching-Wan as the Tricky King, who is somewhat righteous despite being a master of practical jokes. He goes up against a Tricky King wanna-be (Law Kar-Ying), who isn't as righteous and demands the top spot. While their dueling consists of a variety of strange and nonsensical practical jokes, a sudden subplot emerges. Lau accidentally blinds Anita Yuen, and the two engage in a C'est la Vie, Mon Cheri parody that's occasionally amusing (both starred in the original award-winning film). Then IT ALL GOES TO HELL. Or, more specifically, Eric Kot and Jan Lam appear and wreck everything.
      This sometimes funny, but mostly annoying exercise in cheap comedy was the brainchild of numerous comedymeisters, including regular Stephen Chow cohort Lee Lik-Chee, Vincent Kok and Wong Jing. With those people behind this thing, you would hope for some laughs. Well, there are some, but usually what occurs onscreen falls into the annoyingly stupid category. Soft/Hard duo Eric Kot and Jan Lam play Lau Ching-Wan's students, and their overbearing "comedy" is like a visit to the dentist without novacaine. To wit: it's painful. Anita Yuen and Lau Ching-Wan display the requisite chemistry, but with such inanity around them, they only seem out of place. You could watch this if you're bored, but you still may regret it. If you must see this film, make sure you have a fast-forward button. (Kozo 1996)
Availability: DVD (Hong Kong)
Region 0 NTSC
Universe Laser
Cantonese and Mandarin Language Tracks
Removable English and Chinese subtitles

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