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Mad Mission 4: You Never Die Twice (1986)

Zui jia pai dang 4: Qian li jiu chai po (original title)
Baldy and King Kong shuttle between New Zealand and Hong Kong to recover a hi-tech prism that can impart superhuman powers

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Ringo Lam

Writer:

Karl Maka
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Samuel Hui ... King Kong
Karl Maka Karl Maka ... Albert Au
Sylvia Chang ... Supt. Nancy Ho
Sally Yeh ... Sally Bright
Onno Boelee Onno Boelee ... Hornsby (as Onno Boulee)
Peter McCauley Peter McCauley ... Digger (as Peter Macaully)
Ronald Lacey ... The Boss
Roy Chiao ... The Professor
Sandy Dexter Sandy Dexter ... Henchman
Gayle-Anne Jones Gayle-Anne Jones ... Henchwoman
Cyrus Wong Cyrus Wong ... Baldy Jr.
Tat-Wah Cho ... Hua
Tak-Hing Kwan Tak-Hing Kwan ... HK Police Hockey Team Coach
Kien Shih ... Interpol Hockey Teach Coach
Pomson Shi Pomson Shi ... Professor's Assistant
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Supt. Nancy Ho (Sylvia Chang) is kidnapped by villains who want to obtain a hi-tech prism, created by a Hong Kong professor, that can grant superhuman powers. In exchange for Supt. Ho's return, King Kong (Samuel Hui) and the professor's daughter Sally (Sally Yeh), later joined by Albert "Baldy" Au (Karl Maka) and Baldy Jr. (Cyrus Wong), fly to New Zealand to deliver the hi-tech prism to the crooks. However, not allowing to let the crooks succeed, they must band together to prevent the prism from being used. Written by Oliver Chu

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Country:

Hong Kong | New Zealand

Language:

Cantonese

Release Date:

30 January 1986 (Hong Kong) See more »

Also Known As:

Mad Mission 4: You Never Die Twice See more »

Filming Locations:

Auckland, New Zealand See more »

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Cinema City & Films Co. See more »
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Mono

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Color

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2.35 : 1
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The best Mad Mission so far.
6 September 2007 | by BA_HarrisonSee all my reviews

Regular Mad Mission stars Karl Maka, Sam Hui and Sylvia Chang are joined by Sally Yeh in You Only Die Twice, the fourth film in the popular (in Hong Kong, at least) series.

Once again, the movie is scripted by Karl Maka and is a mixture of silly comedy and crazy stunts, but director Ringo Lam (who would later give us the fantastic full Contact and impressive Burning Paradise) reins in the sillier aspects of the mayhem somewhat. This means that fans of the series thus far might be a bit disappointed by this offering, but I personally welcomed the change in style, having found the first three films unfunny and far too random for my liking.

Mad Mission 4 might never be considered a classic of 80s Hong Kong action/comedy, but by adding more excitement, introducing tougher fight scenes and gun battles (complete with squibs and bone crunching falls), and taking care over the cinematography, Lam makes this one just about worth watching.

This time around, the bad guy is played by none other than Ronald Lacey, the slimy Nazi with the scarred hand from Raiders of the Lost Ark. Looking identical to his character in the Spielberg classic, Ron hams it up as a villainous scumbag out to steal a prism that has the power to imbue a person with super-powers. When the crystal falls into the hands of bumbling cop Albert (Karl Maka), the leather trench-coat wearing baddie kidnaps the poor guy's wife and son.

Once again, Albert teams up with his happy-go-lucky jewel thief pal King Kong (Hui), and, with the assistance of a professor's daughter (Yeh), they attempt to pull off a daring rescue mission.

Highlights of the film include a tense scene in which Albert's son ends up dangling over the edge of a tower block, a helicopter in high-speed pursuit of Sam Hui in a speedboat, a fun locker-room fight scene, and a stunt-filled car chase.


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