Sammo Hung,Richard Ng,Charlie Chin,Eric Tsang,Elaine Lui,Sibelle Hu
Directed By : Sammo Hung,Eric Tsang,Corey Yuen Kwei,Ricky Lau
Welcome to the second in our 2013 Halloween special reviews. For our second film we chose a 1992 Hong Kong classic starring one of the most famous groups of actors and actresses ,yes it's the Lucky Stars.
Here our group of friends are on holiday and get involved in ghostly adventures when their holiday cabin just happens to be near a haunted house.
The film opens with a young couple on the run from gangsters , there caught and the male of the couple ( Natalis Chan) is killed by the gangsters henchmen.
It then cuts to the credits and the introduction of the lucky stars who are arriving for their holiday on Lantau Island.
As always Kidstuff ( Sammo Hung ) is the treated like a servant by the group ,and ends up carrying all the bags. As with all the group there all crazy on pulling every girl that walks past .
Richard Ng plays Sandy ,who believes he can use spiritual forces to control people and gain through this. While Eric Tsang is the baby of the group ,Roundhead.
Along with the others your feel right at home as all will make you feel at home .
The fun starts when the group here noises from a house near their cabin ,Sandy decides to investigate and brings Kidstuff along for support .
It becomes apparent early on that spiritual forces are at work and Sandy gets photographic evidence. They decide to report this to Kidstuff's love interest in the previous films ,yes the delightful Sibelle Hu reprises her role as Barbara the police officer .
Barbara sends a group of highly trained and very beautiful Police Woman led by Leung Lai Ti ( Elaine Lui) ,this of course lends to the guys getting up there usual tricks of trying to grope the girls using some of the most absurd ideas possible.
When it comes to investigating the haunted house the guys decide to don sheets and Halloween masks to scare the girls into their arms ,but of course when they actually run into real ghosts the experience gets all the more serious when Lai Ti gets possessed by a male ghost which just happens to be the ghost of the guy we saw killed before the opening credits.
Once the ghost has explained his reasons for the possession the group decide to help him find his girlfriend and exact revenge on the mob boss that killed him.
Now this was made in 1992 and by now the Lucky Stars films where quite well known , but unlike the first few in the series the comedy is not as funny , I think maybe finding new ways for the guys to get their feel so to speak has been thin on the ground.
It's not to say that it's not entertaining ,but I remember in the first few films scenes where I fell on the floor laughing. It's a funny thing with slapstick style comedy there's a line where it stays funny and a line where it loses the punch it needs to make you laugh.
But with this entry into the serious the inclusion of the ghostly storyline adds something fresh to the series and something which at the time was very popular in Hong Kong cinema.
But it's the action that your be concerned about , and even though Sammo's role not be as large as in previous instalments he's on hand for the all important fight scenes though not blistering in offering anything new , they do prove just how competent Sammo and his team are at delivering hard hitting action with a comical element at the same time.
Elaine Lui ( a firm favourite of K.I.T.G.) also gets to show her moves in a great girl on girl fight.
One things for sure this ghostly adventure for the boys offers up some real entertainment in the action stakes whilst maintaining it's light hearted side .
It always amazes me how Hong Kong films from this time are exciting to watch , now matter how often you may have seen them. It really does show the golden age of Hong Kong cinema and one which many miss .
Score out of Ten = 7
Review Date : November 2nd 2013
Reviewer : Sertes Nake