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Tricky King
Year: 1998
Eric Kot and Chan Bak-Cheung
Director: Aman Cheung Man
Producer: Wong Jing
Cast: Nat Chan Bak-Cheung, Eric Kot Man-Fai, Athena Chu Yan, Lee Ann d'Alexandry d'Orengiani, Sherming Yiu Lok-Yi, Mark Lui Chun-Tak, Fast Beat (Tam Tak-Chi), Slow Beat (Chan Chi-Chuen), Simon Lui Yu-Yeung, Ma Tai-Lo, Lee Siu-Kei, Ng Chi-Hung, Pinky Cheung Man-Chi, Lo Meng
The Skinny: It's everything you expect from a movie directed by Aman Cheung and produced by Wong Jing!
by Kozo:
     The trickster antics best displayed in Wong Jingís Tricky Brains are back. Wong is once again responsible, as he casts Chan Bak-Cheung (Ah Leck) as the master of a prankster company who claims he was a student of the original Jing Goo, Stephen Chow. Chan takes in Oh My Gott (Eric Kot), a doofus nice guy whoís down on his luck after being tricked repeatedly by Chanís rival (Lo Meng). Gott joins Chanís trick squad, consisting of Dry member Mark Lui, wacky personalities Fast Beat & Slow Beat, and the buxom Sherming Yiu. The team is hired by rich bastard Simon Lui to trick his half-sister, the amazing beautiful Lee Ann. However, sheís a pretty seasoned trickster herself, meaning that our heroes find themselves very busy. Meanwhile, Oh My Gott rediscovers Yandy (Athena Chu), the nurse he loved from afar many moons ago, whoís now working for Lee Ann.
     Wacky hijinks ensue that boggle the mind and tax patience, but thankfully it was Aman Cheung and not Wong Jing that directed this movie. Cheung at least tries to balance things out a bit. The result is predictably cheesy and tiresome, but not insulting or assaulting. Filler is provided by a variety of movie parodies, from the Japanese Love Generation soaps to Titanic to The Storm Riders. The actors are amusing enough, though the hormone factor definitely swings in the guy favor as Athena Chu, Lee Ann, and Sherming Yiu spend their time parading about in revealing gowns and bathing suits. The women in the audience have to contend with Ah Leck and Eric Kot, not to mention the strange looking duo of Fast Beat and Slow Beat. At least Mark Lui is reasonably handsome. Itís sad that Iím rating this film according to the physical beauty of its stars, but there isnít much else to go on. The only innovation in the filmís various gags is a creatively cheap sense of sound design. You really canít expect much from a film like this, and the filmmakers seem to understand that. This film is crap, but it means to be crap. Wong Jing really knows his business. Low aim, low shot: dead on target. (Kozo 1998)
Availability: DVD (Hong Kong)
Region 0 NTSC
Universe Laser
Cantonese and Mandarin Language Tracks
Removable English and Chinese Subtitles

image courtesy of Mei Ah Laser Disc Co., Ltd.

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