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Owl vs. Dumbo
AKA: Owl vs. Bombo
George Lam and Sammo Hung
Year: 1984
Director: Sammo Hung Kam-Bo
Cast: Sammo Hung Kam-Bo, George Lam Chi-Cheung, Deannie Yip Tak-Han, Michelle Yeoh (Yeung Chi-King), Stanley Fung Shui-Fan, Philip Chan Yan-Kin, James Tien Chun, Dick Wei, Wu Ma, Charlie Cho Cha-Lei, Ronald Wong Ban, Tai Bo
The Skinny: Those watching this for Michelle Yeoh will be disappointed by her flower vase character. Those watching this for a satisfying cinematic experience will also be disappointed because this movie is not very good.
by Kozo:
     This subdued action comedy stars Sammo Hung and George Lam as a couple of thieves who become reluctant partners. Both Owl (Lam) and Dumbo (Hung) have since left their illicit field, but both are called into service when theyíre blackmailed for their individual crimes. Their mysterious benefactor/tormentor is Chung (Stanley Fung), a fed-up cop who wants to use our two heroes to bring down a gangster (James Tien) who Owl once stole from.
     Why Chung decides to use Owl and Dumbo isnít fully understood - nor are Chungís reasons for sending Owl and Dumbo into the employ of Miss Leung (Deannie Yip), a social worker who makes them help juvenile delinquents find jobs. That last plot device also introduces us to Miss Yeung (Michelle Yeoh), another kindly social worker who lets the juvenile bastards walk all over her.
     What that has to do with anything is beyond me, but Owl and Dumbo take the time to help the kids find self-respect and hope for themselves in what has to be the most hackneyed To Sir with Love rip-off in the history of cinema. Quite frankly, I didnít dial up this movie to watch really terrible young actors emote about their lives as underage hookers. If it was supposed to touch me then it failed with a capital F.
     Thankfully some action arrives to save the day. However, it doesnít. George Lam, while an amiable enough actor, cannot fight so itís up to his stunt double and Sammo Hung to deliver the goods - which isnít often enough. Whatever action we receive isnít enough to offset the disappointment and annoyance at watching shtick like Dumbo attempt to scoop up a cherry with a spoon, or Owl leading the kids to their new jobs while a sappy song blares in the background. This was Michelle Yeohís first screen appearance, so everyone clap politely. Owl vs. Dumbo: itís a turkey. (Kozo 2000)
Availability: DVD (Hong Kong)
Region 0 NTSC
Universe Laser
Cantonese and Mandarin Language Tracks
Dolby Digital 5.1
Removable English and Chinese Subtitles

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