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Teaching Sucks!!
Year: 1997
Cathy Tsui and Jan Lam
Director: Wilson Yip Wai-Shun
Producer: Vincent Kok Tak-Chiu
Cast: Jan Lam Hoi-Fung, Anthony Wong Chau-Sang, Cathy Tsui Chi-Kei, Ip Kwong-Kim, Madam Nancy, Christine Ng Wing-Mei, Cheung Tat-Ming, Lee Lik-Chee, Lee Kin-Yan, Bat Leung-Gum
The Skinny: An unheralded but enjoyable little comedy from Wilson Yip and Vincent Kok.
by Kozo:
     This meandering, plotless movie about the trials of a young teacher (Jan Lam) is a surprisingly effective, gentle comedy. Instead of the expected wacky hijinks, director Wilson Yip and producer/writer Vincent Kok go for more subdued laughs. 
     Jan Lam is Lam, a passionless teacher who disregards the daily bell. He lives with fellow teacher and single parent Anthony Wong, and the two share the same lackadaisical approach to teaching. Things change with the arrival of Miss Lee (newcomer Cathy Tsui), who injects new passion into their lives. Along the way, there are some believably handled situations, including a young studentís crush on Lam and his budding romance with Miss Lee. 
     Nothing really exciting happens in this film (the most pivotal event is a lucky draw at a supermarket), but the acting and pacing are excellent. Jan Lam underplays his role extremely well. It's possible that he could be the most talented member of Soft/Hard (the other member being Eric Kot Man-Fai). Cathy Tsui is a charming new presence, and her lisping, accented Cantonese is actually tolerable. The great Anthony Wong is dependable as always (though he seems to be a bit puffier than usual in this film). The film tends to be off-kilter and quirky, but director Yip's handling of the mundane subject matter grounds the film in a pleasant, familiar reality. An enjoyable and underrated little flick. (Kozo 1997)
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