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Fa da mi ji (1989)

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Wong is a junior clerk in a construction company. He lives under the care of his uncle and his cousin, Ping. But the woman who occupies Wong's attention is Jenny, the widowed wife of the ... See full summary »

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Elizabeth Lee
Lowell Lo
Ricky Hui
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Olivia Cheng
Wing-Hung Lee
Pauline Yeung
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Wong is a junior clerk in a construction company. He lives under the care of his uncle and his cousin, Ping. But the woman who occupies Wong's attention is Jenny, the widowed wife of the son of his boss. One day, a Billionaire leaves Wong with the secret to become rich. Things seem to go smoothly with him. He is promoted twice, and now as the Assistant Manager. The boss even consents to his marriage with Jenny. The newly-wed couple goes on a honeymoon trip in Switzerland. He dashes into a tree and knocks himself into a coma in which he sees the Billionaire reveals him and complains to him the dreadful life in the world of the dead. When he returns to Hong Kong, Wong decides to break up with Jenny and seeks forgiveness in front of his ancestors. In the end he returns to Ping's side and lives a meaningful life hereafter. Written by Anonymous

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Silly Behaviour Does Not Yield Comedy.
2 July 2005 | by (Mountain Mesa, California) – See all my reviews

When the father of a young provincial man, Wong Sheung, played by Raymond Wong, must sell his home and business, Wong Sheung moves to Hong Kong to seek a fortune that will enable him to purchase a new home for his parent, and there a cousin arranges employment for him as a clerk with a large construction firm where he promptly becomes enamoured of the corporation president's daughter Jenny (Olivia Cheng), and also places him in living quarters shared with a pretty young crippled woman, Ping (Pauline Yeung), and Lulu (Elizabeth Lee), a free spirit with few moral restraints. Wong Sheung's amorous relationships with these three women form the spine of a jointless plot that also depicts his coming into possession of a diary belonging to a billionaire, immediately before the latter's suicide, a didactic journal that describes a method for achieving great financial success; to wit, through adoption of consistently unscrupulous financial behaviour, a mode that Wong Sheung follows with predictably uneven results. Also titled as "How To Be A Billionaire", the film is over reliant upon physical comedy that offers nothing comic and very little care is taken within the script to combine and develop various plot storyline threads; this flaw, along with shoddy editing, results in a production that lacks most of those elements generally deemed essential for plot coherence, especially logic and continuity. A noteworthy example of such a shortcoming involves the limp of the disabled Ping that is not merely rather varied in its manner but apt to disappear entirely, as when during a foot chase scene, she sprints as a deer. Acting in general is cartoonish with the exception of the always capable Cheng, who actually creates her character, while erratic usage of makeup, unfocused direction, sub par dubbing and synching for the Mandarin language film and, in a subtitled DVD edition, a head scratching English translation all combine in the fabrication of this largely boring and silly movie.


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