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The Royal Scoundrel
Chinese: 沙灘仔與周師奶
Tony Leung Chiu-Wai
AKA: Son of the Beach
Year: 1990
Director: Johnnie To Kei-Fung
Producer: Raymond Wong Bak-Ming
Cast: Tony Leung Chiu-Wai, Wu Chien-Lien, Ng Man-Tat, Waise Lee Chi-Hung, Wong Yat-Fei, Wong Tin-Lam
The Skinny: Silly, forgettable action comedy starring bigtime HK actors.
by Kozo:

This early teaming of Tony Leung Chiu-Wai and Wu Chien-Lien is interesting because they’re so damn young and unskilled at acting. Chiu-Wai is a maverick cop (called “Beach Boy”) who spends most of his time sneering or acting obnoxious. Wu Chien-Lien is ultra-cute as his live-in Mainlander, who he rescues after they take down her evil stepdad. Ng Man-Tat is the inept partner and Waise Lee is the dashing, but crooked captain.

Director Johnnie To's uneven flick is quite typical of Hong Kong commercial cinema, i.e. sometimes embarrassingly silly, with cheesy romantic montages. A forgotten film and understandably so, but not totally without merit. At the very least, the actors are enjoyable to watch and there's some definite camp value in watching great actors act badly. Between this and The Returning, you can see that Tony Leung and Wu Chien-Lien have improved considerably as actors. (Kozo 1996)

Availability: DVD (Hong Kong)
Region 0 NTSC
Joy Sales
16x9 Anamorphic Widescreen
Cantonese Language Track
Dolby Digital 2.0
Removable English and Chinese Subtitles
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