A "James Bond" type burglar named King Kong (Sam Hui) tries to redeem himself and joins forces with Albert "Baldy" Au (Karl Maka), a bumbling police detective from the states, to try to ... See full summary »
A "James Bond" type burglar named King Kong (Sam Hui) tries to redeem himself and joins forces with Albert "Baldy" Au (Karl Maka), a bumbling police detective from the states, to try to track down a rare set of stolen luscious diamonds before it ends up in the hands of a notorious European gangster named "White Gloves." The two unlikely duo are supervised by Supt. Nancy Ho, a masculine, fiery-tempered policewoman. Written by
Review is for the English dubbed version (Mad Mission)
Released in a cut down, English-dubbed version by Thorn EMI a few years after its Hong Kong debut, this crude, low budget affair left me wanting. The crappy English dialog is partly to blame, but it doesn't work with the sound off either, so that is hardly the whole story here. The stunts are pedestrian, meaning that the one thing that Hong Kong movies of that period had going for them (eye-popping stunt action, as in Jackie Chan's Police Force) is not a selling point here, and the story jumps around fairly incoherently, as the cop-crook buddy team globe-hop looking for a missing diamond. Ex-Bond uber-villains Oddjob and Jaws have little to do besides standing around looking menacing. They are mostly there just for a visual gag:(Hey, look, it's Jaws! Ha- ha.). The humor no doubt works better in Chinese, but in this version it does not translate, giving everything a frenzied air without actually being entertaining at all. More than anything, it just plain looks cheap. Tsui Hark is normally a polished movie maker, and Aces Go Places was a popular enough series that by #3, they ought to have some real money to work with, but it doesn't look like it. The result is simply another cheapjack 80s Hong Kong action comedy that is barely distinguishable from so many others.
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