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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.

Director:

Sammo Kam-Bo Hung

Writers:

Sammo Kam-Bo Hung (as Samo Hung), Barry Wong (story)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Sammo Kam-Bo Hung ... Teapot
John Sham ... Curly (as John Shum)
Richard Ng ... Exhaust Pipe
Charlie Chin ... Vaseline
Stanley Sui-Fan Fung ... Rookie (as Shui-Fan Fung)
Cherie Chung ... Shirley
Jackie Chan ... CID 07
James Tien ... Jack Tar
Philip Chan ... Inspector
Paul Chang Chung ... Mr. Hope (as Cheung Chung)
Pat Ha ... Tar's Daughter
Ching-Ying Lam ... Butler Chan
Tai-Bo ... Chai
Cecilia Yip ... Ceci
John Cheung ... Biu
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Storyline

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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Action | Comedy | Crime

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Details

Country:

Hong Kong

Language:

Cantonese

Release Date:

7 July 1983 (Hong Kong) See more »

Also Known As:

5 Lucky Stars See more »

Filming Locations:

Hong Kong, China

Company Credits

Production Co:

Golden Harvest Company See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The film's Chinese title, "Five Lucky Stars", was chosen as it was evocative of the Seven Little Fortunes (The Lucky Seven). The Seven Little Fortunes was the name of the performance troupe that included Hung, Chan, and Yuen, while they attended the Peking Opera School, The China Drama Academy, as children. See more »

Quotes

Vaseline: [does not think Shirley is a pretty girl] Actually, God is very fair. A beautiful lady can never cook. And a lady who can cook is never...
Shirley: [walks in, carrying a tray of food] Hi!
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The Definitive Hong Kong Comedy
12 April 2007 | by TheHandeSee all my reviews

'Winners & Sinners' is not only the best Sammo Hung movie I've seen, but it's also the best altogether Hong Kong Comedy I've seen. The film combines elements of crime-comedies and Kung Fu films and has a surprisingly high amount of variety.

What also makes the film brilliant are the characters. Every single one of them is very memorable, particularly goofy 'Exhaust Pipe'. Teapot is a typical protagonist of Hung's movies, but very uplifting none the less. Jackie Chan's supporting role is also great and though I probably would have preferred him in the lead he is still incredibly funny as the clumsy cop of the film.

Overall, the film is simply hilarious. The amount of gags is almost unhealthy and this movie ensures that you will be laughing your head off.


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