Yuen Clan, back with Shaolin Drunkard style insanity
This film is so 1980's it's ridiculous. Wait the film is supposed to be ridiculous. Taking a page out of the incredible "Shaolin Drunkard" manual, this movie is a non-stop barrage of visual gags and comedy that could have come from a Mack Sennett silent.
Virtually every facet of HK action film making from the 80's is parodied here. The movie also bends the audience's brain as the plot involves stunt people who work in the HK movie industry using their tricks to defeat a crime gang. So the tricks that the real HK stunt people use are used here as fake stunts in some scenes however in other scenes we see similar stunts but they are supposed to be "real"! And the lead actress is playing a man who plays female roles. Add the wacky mechanical gags that the Yuen clan are so fond of, plus the typical hyper- kinetic under-cranked HK movie action from that time and you've got a very silly film.
Unfortunately the cheaper Drunkard series from a few years earlier are better directed and photographed. Much of the fighting action, while making fun of the HK action style of the time, is so similar to that action that it's not as fun as it could be. The lead actress is a very good martial artist but she spend much of her time on wires, oh well. The plot is very tired even as a parody. The comedy that works in an ancient China setting doesn't work as well transported to the "present" day.
All said, there a number of real laughs in the film and I recommend it if you're feeling like a goofy film.
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