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Winners & Sinners (1983)
"Qi mou miao ji: Wu fu xing" (original title)

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Fresh from prison, five friends try to stay crime free but inadvertently find themselves caught in a Triad war.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
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Teapot
John Sham ...
Curly (as John Shum)
Richard Ng ...
Exhaust Pipe
Charlie Chin ...
Vaseline
Shui-Fan Fung ...
Rookie
Cherie Chung ...
Shirley
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James Tien ...
Jack Tar
Philip Chan ...
Inspector
Paul Chang ...
Mr. Hope (as Cheung Chung)
Pat Ha ...
Tar's Daughter
Ching-Ying Lam ...
Butler Chan
Po Tai ...
Chai
Cecilia Yip ...
Ceci
John Cheung ...
Biu
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Five friends are released from prison and do their best to stay out trouble. Trying to mind their own business (and run their Five Star Cleaning Service), they are unfortunately caught up in a war between rival Triad gangs fighting for control of the counterfeit currency market. Written by Murray Chapman <muzzle@cs.uq.oz.au>

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Rated PG-13 for martial arts violence and some nudity | See all certifications »

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7 July 1983 (Hong Kong)  »

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Shirley: You mean you never went out with a girl before?
Teapot: Never asked one to. Paid one to, yeah.
Shirley: What?
Teapot: Oh, nothing. Just joking!
[looks away]
Teapot: Whew!
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Fun action comedy,though weighted towards the comedy,and Jackie's hardly in it!
18 May 2005 | by See all my reviews

Winners and Sinners is the first of three films in which Jackie Chan 'co-starred' alongside Samo Hung and five Hong Kong comedians called the Lucky Stars. Actually,'co-starred' is not really the word,because Chan's role in these films was little more than a glorified cameo,especially in this one. Chan puts in small appearances in quite a few films,and distributors often give the impression that his role is larger in a film than it actually is.

Still,Winners and Sinners is quite a fun film,actually one of the first Hong Kong films set in the present day that would combine comedy and action. Chan would in time perfect the formula in later films,and Winners and Sinners has rather more comedy than action,which may disappoint action fans. As is often the case,much of the humour,mainly revolving around the antics of the five 'Lucky Stars', does not really work for western audiences,the silly slapstick usually works {well,slapstick always travels well,something Chan had already learnt} but some of it is humour that will only be understood and found funny by a Hong Kong audience. Still,there are some laughs,such as a scene when Richard Ng {easily the funniest of the Lucky Stars} thinks he has become invisable and the rest of the group decide to play along with him,and two very funny comedy fight sequences in which the Lucky Stars try and conceal the fact they can't fight by using silly moves and techniques.

Even if there isn't a great deal of action,what there is is still good. Chan's two scraps are two brief,but his chase scene,which has him rollerskate down a busy road and UNDER a moving lorry,climaxing with a car pile-up involving about thirty cars,is terrific,while Samo Hung has some great fight action in the climax. It's a fun,breezy romp which entertains as long as you don't expect too much. And even if you don't find it funny,you can laugh at gaffs such as the fake grass which has creases in it!


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