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Mai shen qi (1978)

Struggling actor Chih-Wen (Michael Hui) got a raw deal from his company, MTV Studios, by signing a binding 8-year contract and was only given one opportunity to perform live thus far. Soon,... See full summary »

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Chih-Wen
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Frog
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Shih-Chieh
Tiffany Bao ...
Manager Wang
Fu Hung Cheng ...
Wei Yang ...
Eyepatch
Ellen Lau ...
Chu Ling Ling
Russell Cawthorne ...
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Lo Kam ...
Wen's Mother
Ging-Cheung Chan ...
MTV Board Chairman
Siu Ping Cheng ...
Mrs. Li
Pa-Ching Huang ...
Mr. Li
Lee Pang-Fei ...
Cat TV Manager
Louis Kwong ...
Mr. Kuang
Chun Chin ...
MTV Board Member (as Kwan Kam)
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Struggling actor Chih-Wen (Michael Hui) got a raw deal from his company, MTV Studios, by signing a binding 8-year contract and was only given one opportunity to perform live thus far. Soon, he received a better deal with a rival company, who promised a 5-year contract and better opportunities to perform and make money. Since he cannot start working for the new company because of his current 8-year contract with MTV, he and his scientist-aspiring brother (Ricky Hui), with the help of magician Shih-Chieh (Sam Hui), attempts to steal the contract from his ruthless manager. Written by Oliver Chu

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3 August 1978 (Hong Kong)  »

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Los líos de Míster Boo  »

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Great fun comedy from the Hui's brothers!
4 January 2015 | by (California, USA) – See all my reviews

This is one of several Hong Kong comedies starring brothers Michael Hui, Ricky Hui and Sam Hui. Here, struggling actor Chih-Wen (Michael Hui) got a raw deal from MTV Studios by signing a binding 8-year contract and has performed live once only. He received a better deal with a rival company and, thus, conspires to steal his 8-year contract, with the help of his scientist-aspiring brother (Ricky Hui) and magician Shih-Chieh (Sam Hui).

Filmed in the late 1970s with classic bell bottoms, old cars, big hair-dos and hip music, this movie is a tastefully done comedy with witty humor, slapstick fun and wild misadventures. From Shih-Chieh's magic shows to Chih-Wen's daring escape from a henchman while in drag, you'll get pure fun and excitement while following the captivating plot of Chih-Wen trying to steal the contract while avoiding his ruthless manager.

The opening scene starts with a beautiful song sung by Sam Hui (although an extra is performing and lipsyncing the song), which quickly grabs your attention. This is followed by a pretty fast-moving plot and unforgettable characters. Overall, it's a must-see HK comedy.

Grade A


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