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30 January 1986 (Hong Kong) See more »
Baldy and King Kong shuttle between New Zealand and Hong Kong to recover a hi-tech prism that can impart superhuman powers Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order)
Samuel Hui ... King Kong
Karl Maka ... Albert Au
Sylvia Chang ... Supt. Nancy Ho
Sally Yeh ... Sally Bright
Onno Boelee ... Hornsby (as Onno Boulee)
Peter McCauley ... Digger (as Peter Macaully)
Ronald Lacey ... The Boss
Roy Chiao ... The Professor
Sandy Dexter ... Henchman
Gayle-Anne Jones ... Henchwoman
Cyrus Wong ... Baldy Jr.
Tat-Wah Cho ... Hua
Tak-Hing Kwan ... HK Police Hockey Team Coach

Kien Shih ... Interpol Hockey Teach Coach
Pomson Shi ... Professor's Assistant
Kwok Chi Tsang ... Tour Bus Passenger
Ging Man Fung ... Albert's 9th Floor Neighbor

Directed by
Ringo Lam 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Karl Maka 

Original Music by
Tony A. 
Cinematography by
Sander Lee 
Film Editing by
Kuo-Chung Chou 
Makeup Department
Abby Collins .... makeup artist: New Zealand
Production Management
Lim Chan .... production manager
Murray Newey .... production manager: New Zealand Crew
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Tim Coddington .... first assistant director: second unit
Deuel Droogan .... first assistant director (New Zealand Crew)
Paul Grinder .... second assistant director (New Zealand Crew)
Robin Murray .... third assistant director: New Zealand
Art Department
Wan-On Shing .... props
Special Effects by
Kevin Chisnall .... special effects coordinator: New Zealand Crew
Michael Baxter-Lax .... stunt performer (New Zealand Crew)
Peter Bell .... stunt coordinator (New Zealand Crew)
Peter Bell .... stunt driver
Karl Bradley .... stunt performer (New Zealand Crew)
Joseph Chi-chong Chavez .... action coordinator
Lance Johnston .... stunt performer (New Zealand Crew)
Clarke Proctor .... stunt performer (New Zealand Crew)
Camera and Electrical Department
Craig Howard .... camera operator: New Zealand
Steve Latty .... gaffer: New Zealand
Ging-Jiu Lo .... assistant camera
Andy Reid .... lighting technician: New Zealand
Ian Turtill .... focus puller: New Zealand
Chi-yan Wong .... assistant camera
Transportation Department
Robin Allen .... action vehicles: New Zealand
Robin Allen-Paris .... action vehicles: New Zealand (as Robin Allen)
Other crew
Annie Dodman .... location manager: New Zealand
Kerry Fetzer .... assistant caterer
Margaret Hilliard .... production assistant: New Zealand
Toni Okkerse .... nurse: New Zealand
Brett Stevens .... mechanic: New Zealand
Naomi Weavers .... nurse: New Zealand

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Also Known As:
"Zui jia pai dang 4: Qian li jiu chai po" - Hong Kong (original title)
"Mad Mission 4" - International (English title) (imdb display title)
"Mad Mission Part 4: You Never Die Twice" - USA (DVD box title)
"Spector X" - Japan (English title) (alternative transliteration)
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86 min
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5 out of 5 people found the following review useful.
Fourth time lucky, 30 July 1999
Author: Jack Yan from Wellington, New Zealand

The fourth instalment in the successful Hong Kong movie series Aces Go Places. After a disappointing third outing, where writer and co-star Karl Maka's writing seemed laboured, the familiar cast (Hui, Maka, Chang) make for a hilarious return to form. As before, the Cantonese version features more puns than the dubbed English one.

There's a lot of fun, combining the usual action elements with humour - just sit back and enjoy the ride, and switch off the brain.

The movie has been credited with increasing the emigration of nervous Hong Kong citizens (fearing the communist takeover) to New Zealand. You Only Die Twice, as this fourth instalment was called in some countries, was filmed largely in New Zealand, featuring that country's beautiful scenery.

There is little logic and plenty of slapstick silliness, which fans of the series will enjoy. The hockey game features some big-name character actors in the audience, familiar to Hong Kong moviegoers. There is an enjoyable car chase in New Zealand - although how a car can leave Auckland Harbour Bridge and arrive in Wellington (which can be nine hours' drive to the south in reality) in a few seconds is not explained.

One should stress to less familiar readers that You Only Die Twice is not of the Jackie Chan ilk. Although action-packed, the movie is primarily a comedy. The original Aces Go Places was based around a Dick Emery film.

Ronald Lacey makes an unlikely choice as villain, most likely for the sake of parody above all else. His bald henchman makes a interesting rival to Maka's own bald character, as well as his son, who perhaps is the best actor of the lot!

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