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Funny Business (1995) Directed by: Clifton Ko

A big flop upon release in 1995, which is perhaps why comedy legend Michael Hui didn't appear in a Hong Kong production again until 2004 (although he did have a supporting role against Gong Li and Jeremy Irons in Wayne Wang's The Chinese Box). Hui plays business efficient Mainlander Fuk-Ching who goes into the hotel business, prompted by a shady Western businessman (Gregory Charles River - Her Fatal Ways IV). However giving each and everyone he knows something to do at the hotel proves to be his quick downfall. Fuk-Ching takes a second trip to Hong Kong in order to really learn how to run his business. He does so by working amongst the low-end workers of a hotel managed by Vivi (Alice Lau).

Quite wildly local and over the top with its satire, the intentions seems to stagger with Clifton Ko at the helm but when basically going physical on us, the exaggerated gags of Fuk-Ching's hotel falling apart and his way of acquiring knowledge when working for Vivi plays more favourably and Hui scores a gem or two here. It's merely amusing and a far cry from his best work but Funny Business eventually pays off decently thanks to likeable turns by Hui and Lau. James Wong, Lo Jun-Ho, Law Kar-Ying, Cheung Tat-Ming (who also wrote the script), Teddy Yip and Rachel Lee (as herself) also appear.

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Funny Ghost (1989) Directed by: Yuen Cheung-Yan

Energetic fun courtesy of Yuen Cheung-Yan who rarely lets his grasp slip off this one. Sandra Ng quickly goes from hostess girl, being the killing target of her quickly impoverished best friend Ngor (Alvina Kong) to assisting on her suicide only to fall to her death myself. Saved by the bamboo made construction site at a building, into her lap falls an urn with a ghost originally made to obey the command of boss Hung (Wu Fung). Every command means controlling people and the gambling table among other things. Now chased by the triads, into the chase enters two bumbling representatives of the Scotland Yard (Charlie Cho and Nat Chan) and a triad assassin (Billy Lau) constantly failing at his tasks...

Although being quite darkly comical with Ngor's multiple suicide attempts usually meaning pain for Sandra Ng, Yuen Cheung-Yan lightens the mood and while broad, there's a sense of a director translating his vision of fun (even if dark fun) into the minds of the actors. Broad scenarios like Charlie Cho and Nat Chan trying to ward off what they think are ghosts with red underwear and shortly thereafter a group of hostess girls trying to do the same are totally enjoyable thanks to this skill-level. Sandra Ng also gets to play dress up as she tries to evade the forces out to get her by being old, a man and an kid. An unusual Hong Kong product. Unusual because it's funny. Also with Walter Tso.

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Funny Vampire (1986) Directed by: Ng Kwok-Hao

One year after Mr. Vampire and the copies appeared that pretty much was tailored after the exact content of that classic and its lead, Lam Ching-Ying. So here from Taiwan we'll have to suffice with a crappier Taoist priest, although equipped with wicked eyebrows and among others Tai Po as one of the naughty assistants. No real surprises therefore from director Ng Kwok-Hao so autopilot and sleepwalking are words applicable to the final tally but fans will have a fairly fun time when pace is increased. Because here the expected pace and creativity within the genre gets approval. Then the odd elements in scenes here and there will be imprinted in your memory even! See for instance a potential victim beat the crap out of a hopping vampire in a public lavatory, on-screen urinating, Pauline Wong engaging in a sort of dopey dance of the dead and very agile vampires not bound by that silly notion of rigamortis. Chin Yuet-Sang and Huang Ha also appear.

The Fun, The Luck And The Tycoon (1990, Johnnie To)

For the Lunar New Year comedy season of 1990, Cinema City assigned Johnnie To to transfer Eddie Murphy's comedy Coming To America to Hong Kong. Starring Chow Yun-Fat (in his only lead role of that year, after usually hitting the 8 to 11 movies per year mark in the latter half of the 80s) as a spoiled rich man who attempts to find something more genuine in life by working in a fast food restaurant. Along the way, he befriends and falls in love with the sister (Sylvia Chang) that co-runs the joint with her overbearing brother.

I can’t stop you if you’re bothered by the fact that they are tailoring this film after another but as part of that year’s Lunar New Year line-up, it ticks the boxes in a dependant manner. Pleasant, not hilarious, featuring charismatic and charming stars, fun shenanigans within and outside of the Chow Yun-Fat and Sylvia Chang core and then it’s over. Even if you’re making audience friendly entertainment for that time of year, you obviously need to tap into that mindset, understand, execute what you’re working on, working for and these makers do. Also starring Wong Kwan-Yuen (meaning this is a cast and crew reunion for All About Ah Long but much less harrowing), the boys of the pop band Beyond (who play aspiring singers so expect songs. Good ones) and Nina Li in an over the top performance as the predetermined wife for Chow Yun-Fat's character.

Furious Slaughter (1972) Directed by: Ding Sin-Saai

Jimmy Wang Yu arrives with cool and confidence and starts cleaning up gambling and prostitution. No horde or multiple waves of opponents stands in the way of him either. Standardized Wang Yu vehicle but within a short running time and Wang Yu dependently disposing of tons of enemies, Furious Slaughter does its job without impressing that much. That is before the finale hits that responds very well to the English title of the film and we get nigh on distressing violence here in a welcome turn.

Fury (1988) Directed by: Johnny Wang

A bit distant and routine, this Johnny Wang directed heroic bloodshed entry ends up favourably thanks to its intensity. With a weapons deal gone wrong, betrayal and bottled up emotions on display, Wang sets his sights of the themes running very much rampant during this time (post-A Better Tomorrow). It's mostly standard but performers Waise Lee and Phillip Chan do mean what they project, especially Lee who handles the conflicted state of his character well. Michael Wong (dubbed by someone else not sounding AT ALL like him but it's thankfully a full on Cantonese language performance because of the trade-off) looks good in a beard but don't carry himself better than that and you'll also have to endure a breakdancing scene from him. An unconvincing, unsympathetic character looking for redemption comes out via Ellen Chan's role but that opportunity director Wang doesn't utilize so Fury receives yet another mark of mediocrity.

But to a fine degree, his action (done together with Tony Tam who also worked on City Warriors) goes a suitable gritty and excessive route, giving us mayhem worthy of the era, in good amount of bursts. As always especially during the finale. Co-starring are Ku Feng, Kirk Wong and Carrie Ng.

Fury Of A Tiger (1989, Cheung Lap-Kan)

Fairly strong and above average buddy cop comedy, armed with a little bit more teeth and thought. Mind you it's not a breakthrough in refined comedy or storytelling but one time director Cheung Lap-Kan at least tries rather than rely on tired, loud banter and comedy. The pairing of Gordon Liu and Bruce Mang becomes solid because of this and combined with earned dips into grim, violent territory, Fury Of A Tiger earns the status of surprising. Elevated further through at times incredible action choreography (with contributions by our leads behind the scenes), the power and speed in some of the exchanges coupled with effective falls by the stunt-team lingers. Even does its thing confidently enough to earn an apartment-set swordfight at the end! Also with Felix Wong and Maria Tung.

Fury Of King Boxer (1972) Directed by: Ding Sin-Saai

KENNETH'S REVIEW: Ding Sin-Saai dipped in a worse way into history for Everlasting Glory in 1975, employing major historical facts and creating utter boredom in the process. Fury Of King Boxer takes an important template, about the rebels that eventually managed to create the Chinese Republic, but thankfully decides to mix it up with that pesky notion of creating bearable action cinema too. Gwok Siu-Chung is Chow Ken, the female revolutionary that left behind wealth and family to pursue her dream of not being one of them oppressed Chinese. Jimmy Wang Yu is one of her closest, able men and while patriotic dialogue comes off as really awkward (as well as other cinema choices when in this mode), the film is well anchored by mayhem. Featuring a handful of superbly epic action scenes, in particular the ones featuring Wang Yu where he uses knifes, guns, bayonets and his resolve that makes him beat about a million opponents. It all might play out as somebody's treasured history but to most others, it's quite a superb ride for large amounts of the running time.

Future Cops (1993) Directed by: Wong Jing

So Wong Jing either forgot to or didn't get rights to use the characters from Capcom's Street Fighter games but predictably, that didn't stop him. Changing names and design to apparently stay within the legal framework, there's no doubt what Future Cops is referencing but even if Capcom had bothered to look, they and the rest of the universe would've left Future Cops alone. Why? Because it's Wong Jing at his most unbearably worst.

Structuring a very minimal plot around a therefore very long 90 minutes, Wong's at the time audience friendly cast (that includes Andy Lau, Jacky Cheung, Chingmy Yau and Simon Yam) and humour goes all the way to appear stupid, annoying and completely unfunny. Insipid is another word and one can definitely imagine Wong Jing having a blast himself coming up with the so called gags of this one. Best just to play along was probably the actor's perspective. Are we also supposed to be impressed when Wong references modern pop culture icons such as Super Mario Bros? It's more a case of pure Hong Kong cinema embarrassment from a profile that nowadays barely has any stars or audience anymore, as evident by the failure of Kung Fu Mahjong and its sequel. This big kick in the balls hopefully will trigger Wong Jing to actually put in effort and perhaps concentrate on serious stories on a more regular basis. We all know he can, on occasion (see Colour Of The Truth).

Future Cops action directing team, consisting of Ching Siu-Tung, Deon Lam and Ma Yuk Sing does spice up the picture with minute charming action that echoes the Street Fighter spirit to the fairly good degree that the sequence in City Hunter also did.

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