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I Love Maria (1988)

Tie jia wu di Ma Li Ya (original title)
The Hero Gang is a nasty group of thugs terrorizing Hong Kong with their killer robots, Pioneers 1 and 2. While Pioneer 1 looks like an oridinary robot, Pioneer 2 has been modelled on Maria... See full summary »

Directors:

David Chung (as Chung Chi-Man), Hark Tsui (uncredited)

Writer:

Kai-Chi Yuen (screenplay)
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Cast

Credited cast:
John Sham ... Curly
Sally Yeh ... Maria, The Robot
Hark Tsui ... Whisky
Tony Chiu-Wai Leung ... T.Q. Zhuang (Guest star) (as Tony Chiu Wai Leung)
Ching-Ying Lam ... B 12 (Guest star)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Dennis Chan ... Curly's Boss
Teddy Chan Teddy Chan
Kwok-Chi Chiu Kwok-Chi Chiu
Wing Cho
Kong Chow
Paul Chun ... Police Captain
Yin Cheung Joh Yin Cheung Joh
To-Hoi Kong To-Hoi Kong
Ben Lam ... Saviour
Foo-Wai Lam
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Storyline

The Hero Gang is a nasty group of thugs terrorizing Hong Kong with their killer robots, Pioneers 1 and 2. While Pioneer 1 looks like an oridinary robot, Pioneer 2 has been modelled on Maria, the gang's #2 thug. When Pioneer 2 gets damaged during a mission to kill an outcast gang member, an inventor on the police force takes her and changes some of her programming. This new code, plus a few injuries to her logic center, start causing Pioneer 2 to develop her own personality. Written by Jean-Marc Rocher <rocher@fiberbit.net>

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Genres:

Comedy | Sci-Fi

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Country:

Hong Kong

Language:

Cantonese

Release Date:

10 March 1988 (Hong Kong) See more »

Also Known As:

Roboforce See more »

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(DVD)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trailer for this film on the DVD shows at least five scenes which are not included in the DVD version. See more »

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References Metropolis (1927) See more »

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One of my favorate Hong Kong films.
14 April 2000 | by gojulasSee all my reviews

A sci-fi action film and gag filled comedy is about an improbable love triangle between washed out gangster Whiskey, put upon police scientist Curly, and a robot named Maria. The Hero gang has been terrorizing Hong Kong at will with their giant robot, Pioneer One. Bumbling reporter Ching attempts to track down the story, only to have his efforts thwarted at every turn by the police. Meanwhile Whiskey and Curly fall under suspicion from both their employers when they befriend each other during a bar fight. They flee, only to be hunted down by the Hero Gang's latest robot, Pioneer Two. Modeled after the gang's beautiful second in command, Maria (and intentionally resembling the Maria robot from Metropolis)the robot becomes damaged during it's pursuit. Curly rebuilds her to aid him and his friends to clear their names, and spends the rest of the film battling Whiskey for her affections. (In order to issue her a command one must begin with "I love Curly", much to Whiskeys annoyance.) This fun film epitomizes the "can do" attitude of 1980's Hong Kong film making. The special effects may seem clumsy, but the earnest effort and shear joy of film making shows through. The eventual triumph of the three friends (four if you count Maria) should put a smile on anyone who's ever felt like an outcast.


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