Wednesday, June 17, 2009

plain jane to the rescue

hit me, i deserve it...


jenny (josephine siao) is a young woman who flits between several different jobs, bumping in to her friend, tsang (ricky hui), who has a similarly transient career path, along the way. when she begins to work for mr sha (charlie cho), teaching his aged father (michael lee) manners, little does she suspect that his corporation, zanda, is undertaking unsavoury activities...

aah, it's 1982 and john woo in comedy mode. essentially, this is your standard comedic drama, with touches of social commentary thrown in for good measure. still, it is a crazy film, which, around a straight narrative, crams in a selection of set pieces, that occasionally look like a string of comedy sketches. in the end, it all kind of works, but then the climactic sequence is so crazy, that you will either forgive the film any short comings or shake your head in disbelief. i doubt it would be the straw that breaks the back of your viewing pleasure; if that was the case, i imagine you would have stopped watching before you got there...

josephine siao carries this film; already a veteran at this point in her career, yet over a decade away from playing the role of fong sai yuk's mother, for which she is most loved in my house. ricky hui provides good support to siao and, along with a string of other cameos, mr woo himself crops up, with a slighly scary, if tongue-in-cheek, appearance...

fun...

the dvd is hk$35 from buyoyo.com

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