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Magnificent Team
Year: 1998 "Hey, you on the end! You could stand to lose a few pounds."
Amanda Lee addresses her "magnificent team"
Director: David Lam Tak-Luk
Producer: Raymond Wong Bak-Ming
Cast: Francis Ng Chun-Yu, Amanda Lee Wai-Man, Christine Ng Wing-Mei, Simon Lui Yu-Yeung, Hui Siu-Hung, Karen Tong Bo-Yu, Chow Hoi-Man, Michael Lam Wai-Leung, Angela Tong Ying-Ying, Emily Kwan Bo-Wai
The Skinny: A magnificent waste of time.
by Kozo:
     This below-average Hong Kong action comedy stars Francis Ng as the central member of a lousy police team. The big hook: each member of the team possesses an annoying quirk that would probably have flunked them in cadet school. When girlfriend Amanda Lee is put in charge, the team splinters and the evil bad guys (led by Michael Lam) continue their crime spree. It's up to the rag-tag group of reject cops to pull it together and become the "magnificent team" hinted at in the English title.
     Their debut as a "magnificent team" is debatable, but the quality of the movie is not. It's bad. Directed with a gnarled piece of driftwood by David Lam, this film manages to waste even the most welcome of HK talents - Francis and Christine Ng. Both come off poorly. HK cinema comes off looking worse. Morever, there’s a “new talent” star in this film that totally blows. I forget his name*, but he’s the young cop who just sucks it up, acting wise. This is not a good film. (Kozo 1998)
Notes: *The "new performer" touted by the apparently ailing Raymond Wong is some hyper kid named Herman Chan. He hasn't been seen since Magnificent Team (a full four years ago), so it's presumed that he never continued his entertainment career. Sometimes, there is justice in this world.
Availability: DVD (Hong Kong)
Region 0 NTSC
Mei Ah Laser
Cantonese and Mandarin Language Tracks
Removable English and Chinese Subtitles

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