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The Millionaires' Express

Kenny Bee, Yuen Biao and Sammo Hung in Millionaire's Express
AKA: Shanghai Express
Chinese: 富貴列車  
Year: 1986
Director: Sammo Hung Kam-Bo
Writer: Alfred Cheung Kin-Ting, Barry Wong Ping-Yiu
Cast: Sammo Hung Kam-Bo, Yuen Biao, Olivia Cheng Man-Ar, Eric Tsang Chi-Wai, Lam Ching-Ying, Kenny Bee, Cynthia Rothrock, Richard Norton, Yukari Oshima, Wu Ma, Rosamund Kwan Chi-Lam, Dick Wei, Richard Ng Yiu-Hon, James Tien Chun, Johnny Wang Lung-Wei, Billy Lau Nam-Kwong, Yasuaki Kurata, Emily Chu Bo-Yee, Corey Yuen Kwai, Yuen Wah, , Lydia Shum Din-Ha, Meg Lam Kin-Ming, Hwang Jang-Lee, Jimmy Wang Yu, Shih Kien, Mang Hoi, Chin Kar-Lok, Chung Fat, Ha Ping, Wu Feng, Bolo Yeung, Philip Ko Fei, Lau Kar-Wing, Wong Yuk-Waan, Au Hoi-Lun, Guan Shan, Yip Wing-Cho, Hsiao Ho, Fan Mei-Sheng, Peter Chan Lung, Walter Tso Tat-Wah, Yuen Tak, Lee Man-Tai, Billy Ching Sau-Yat, Fung Lee, Siu Tak-Foo, Yuen Miu, Chow Gam-Kong, Paul Chang Chung, Pang Yun-Cheung, Cheung Wing-Cheung
The Skinny: One of the great Hong Kong action comedies is this dazzling, infectiously enjoyable concoction from Sammo Hung, who was apparently at the height of his powers.
by Kozo:

This all-star action comedy is one of Sammo Hung’s finest pictures. Hung plays Chin, a small-time criminal who returns to his hometown of Hanshui to run a brothel. He plans to derail the Shanghai Express, a train carrying more than a few millionaires. He hopes the wealthy travelers will spend money in Hanshui and revitalize the local business.

However, problems arise in the form of some evil bad guys (including Dick Wei, Richard Norton and Cynthia Rothrock) who want to steal a map with the locations of China’s Terracotta Warriors from some Japanese passengers (Yasuaki Kurata and Yukari Oshima) who shouldn’t be in possession of the map themselves.

Furthermore, Chin is wanted by government agent Kenny Bee and local sheriff Yuen Biao, who’s really a fireman and only became a policeman when the former group of police (Eric Tsang, Lam Ching-Ying, Mang Hoi, Yuen Wah, and Wu Ma) robbed the town’s bank and tried to escape by hitching a ride on the Shanghai Express. Somehow everyone ends up back in Hanshui for the final, action-packed twenty minutes.

Yes, this movie has a convoluted cast of characters, but the action is surprisingly easy to follow and the film is full of pleasures. There are some great fight sequences, including Sammo Hung vs. Cynthia Rothrock and Yuen Biao vs. Dick Wei. The comedy is engaging, with a couple of truly funny set pieces, and the stunts are impressive in an almost nonchalant manner. An absolute must-see for any true fan of Hong Kong Cinema. (Kozo 1997)


DVD (Hong Kong)
Region 3 NTSC
Kam & Ronson
16x9 Anamorphic Widescreen
Cantonese and Mandrain Language Tracks
Dolby Digital 6.1 / DTS
Removable English and Chinese Subtitles
*Also Available on Blu-ray Disc

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