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The Private Eyes (1976)

Ban jin ba liang (original title)
Private Eyes revolves the characters in a private detective agency headed by Wong Yuk-See (Michael Hui) with two employees, a stuttered, easily bullied Pighead (Ricky Hui) and secretary/... See full summary »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Michael Hui ... Wong Yuk-see
Samuel Hui ... Lee Kwok-kit
Ricky Hui ... Pighead (as Goon-Ying Hui)
Angie Chiu ... Jacky (as Agee Chiu)
Richard Ng ... Police Sargeant
Hui-Chi Lu Hui-Chi Lu ... Mrs. Chow (as Wei Ying Lo)
Kien Shih ... Gow-suk - Uncle 9 (as Kin Shek)
Mu Chu ... Mr. Chu (Guest star)
Stanley Hui Stanley Hui ... Love Hotel Manager (Guest star)
Yam Chan Yam Chan ... Softdrink Factory Substitute (Guest star)
Chun Ying Chang Chun Ying Chang ... Love Hotel Customer (Guest star)
Siu-Fong Lai Siu-Fong Lai ... Mrs. Mok
Siu Ping Cheng ... 'Pregnant' Shoplifter
Shun-Yin Leung Shun-Yin Leung ... Mrs. Chu (as Suen-yin Leung)
Kim-Wan Chan Kim-Wan Chan ... Mistaken Pickpocket
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Private Eyes revolves the characters in a private detective agency headed by Wong Yuk-See (Michael Hui) with two employees, a stuttered, easily bullied Pighead (Ricky Hui) and secretary/receptionist, Jacky (Angie Chiu). The agency was soon joined by an out-of-work bottling plant employee Lee Kwok-Kit (Sam Hui). Among them, they took on various cases, mostly involving adulterous men and women. Comedic adventures occurred when Wong and Lee carried out these investigations. In the movie's finale, the two were trying to capture a blackmailer to a local theater and it ties several earlier sketches together. Written by traveler85

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Country:

Hong Kong

Language:

Cantonese

Release Date:

16 December 1976 (Hong Kong) See more »

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Hong Kong, China

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Mono

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Color

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2.35 : 1
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In the film there are various interesting snippets of music used, Radar Love by Golden Earring, The Theme From Jaws by John Williams and The Theme From Enter The Dragon by Lalo Schiffrin. Ironically Shih Kien who played the bad guy Mr. Han in Enter The Dragon appears in this film too. See more »

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Comedy for all eyes!
8 January 2015 | by OllieSuave-007See all my reviews

This is of the first Hong Kong comedies starring brothers Michael, Ricky and Sam Hui. This film helped launch a new chapter and revolution of films in Hong Kong and it provided tastefully done humor, good messaging, dramatic moments and slapstick comedy. Here, Wong Yuk-See (Michael Hui) heads a private detective agency with employees Pighead (Ricky Hui), Jacky (Angie Chiu) and Lee Kwok-Kit (Sam Hui) and they takes on various cases, some involving adultery, as evident in the hilarious scene of spying on the affair of a tycoon's young wife and her policeman lover (played by Richard Ng of the 80s Five Lucky Stars movie fame).

It's a nice little movie with an attractive cinematography, terrific acting and solid direction. The simple but captivating story of the detective story just shows how a movie could just rely on substance, drama and good clean comic relief to be entertaining. It also has a positive message of survival the fittest, partnership and redemption. The plot also involves the main villain, brilliantly played by martial arts legend and Wong Fei-Hung movie veteran Kieh Shih. The showdown between him and the detectives provide a classic good guy vs. bad guy concept.

Lastly, the catchy and funky title song sung by Sam Hui is toe-tapping groovy!

The movie is not as suspenseful as later Hui Brothers films like The Contract and Security Unlimited, but it's still great comedy that surpasses many of today's films of the 00s and on.

Grade B+


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