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How to Meet the Lucky Stars (1996)

Wan choi ng fuk sing (original title)
Supt. Walter Tso of the Hong Kong Police Department hires the "Five Lucky Stars" once again to help the daughter of cheated gambler king Lui Tin, Tso's good friend, defeat the swindling ... See full summary »

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Frankie Chan

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Chi-Wai Lee, Ivy Lee (as Ivy Mo King Lee) | 1 more credit »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Sammo Kam-Bo Hung ... Kidstuff / Fastbuck
Eric Tsang ... Roundhead / Blockhead
Kiu Wai Miu ... Pagoda
Stanley Sui-Fan Fung ... Rawhide (as Shui-Fan Fung)
Richard Ng ... Sandy
Vincent Lau ... Leung
Françoise Yip ... Françoise
Suet-Fa Kong ... Sheung Kun Fai-Fa / Gambling Flower
Kuan Tai Chen ... Lui Tin, King of Gamblers
Pak-Cheung Chan ... King of Swindlers
Pei-Pei Cheng ... Gambling Teacher
Diana Pang ... Nurse
Tat-Wah Cho ... Supt. Walter Tso
Fui-On Shing ... Brother Saur
King-Tan Yuen ... Brother Saur's Wife
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Supt. Walter Tso of the Hong Kong Police Department hires the "Five Lucky Stars" once again to help the daughter of cheated gambler king Lui Tin, Tso's good friend, defeat the swindling Sheung Kun Fan-Fa in the ultimate gambling match. The "Five Lucky Stars" are joined by beauty queen Françoise also hired by Tso, to undergo gambling training. Meanwhile, Fastbuck, one of the "Five Lucky Stars," is on medical leave in China. As a result, his Buddhist monk cousin, Leung, joins the gang in the gambling challenge. Written by Oliver Chu

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Country:

Hong Kong

Language:

Cantonese

Release Date:

4 July 1996 (Hong Kong) See more »

Also Known As:

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Mono

Color:

Color

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1.85 : 1
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The final "Five Lucky Stars" movie ends up in a fizzle.
10 January 2016 | by OllieSuave-007See all my reviews

In this final film of the "Five Lucky Stars" series, Supt. Walter Tso (Tat-wah Cho) hires the "Five Lucky Stars" (Sammo Hung, Eric Tsang, Kiu Wai Miu, Stanley Fung and Richard Ng) to help the daughter of cheated gambler king Lui Tin (Kuan Tai Chen) defeat the swindling Sheung Kun Fan-Fa (Suet-Fa Kong) in the ultimate gambling match.

This film starts off slow with the painfully noticeable absence of Sammo Hung, who doesn't really appear on screen until the second half of the film; therefore, his Buddhist monk cousin, Leung (Vincent Lau), temporary takes his spot on the team. The plot takes a while to pick up steam, with just scenes of the very showy gambling teacher (Pei-Pei Cheng) teaching the Lucky Stars how to play cards in order to enter the tournament.

It appears the film tried to capitalize on the "God of Gamblers" movies hype of the late 80s and early 90s, but resulted in some goofy jokes and nonsensical comedy. But as usual, the action scenes toward the end were entertaining. The villainess was OK, beauty queen Françoise was a little air-headed but not a bad female lead and Fastbuck's cousin Leung was pretty redundant in the movie and served no real purpose.

Overall, the movie is just one big slapstick fest with the gambling backdrop. There are some entertaining stuff here and there, especially the gambling matches and the action scenes, but the series really runs out of steam by this movie and as the ending credits role, I think it gives the series an appropriate send-off.

Grade C-


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