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Huai xiao zi (1980)


Yung-Chang Li


Yung-Chang Li (screenplay)




Credited cast:
Pai Wei Pai Wei
Hsueh-Erh Wen
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Liang Chen Liang Chen
Shao-Chia Chen
Yao Lin Chen
Chok Chow Cheung
Wah Cheung
Kang Chu
Ming Fung
Bao-Hsing Ho Bao-Hsing Ho
Han-Chou Ho Han-Chou Ho
Pak-Kwong Ho
Ying-Ying Hui
Keung-Kuen Lai Keung-Kuen Lai
Kim Hung Lai Kim Hung Lai


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Hong Kong



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reasonably enjoyable
2 February 2008 | by MaedhRosSee all my reviews

The problem with Cheeky Chap is that one of the most intriguing aspects of the film is also its potentially weakest spot: I am talking about the title character. At the first glance, the young fighter Ma may appear as your typical "naughty kid" type of hero - bad manners, cocky attitude but basically a good lad. However, in this case this is not entirely true. Ma is a very ruthless and arrogant guy, whose saving graces are more or less limited to good looks, filial piety and a certain (somewhat inconsistent) sense of honor. It really is quite difficult to genuinely like him or at least to sympathize with him - simply because most of the time he is one mean, selfish bastard. Being a Wei Pai fan helps. A lot...;-)

"The Cheeky Chap" is also fairly dark, regarding both the humor and some of the plot twists - this film has a devilish grin all over it. This strange blend of slapstick and dark, and the ruthlessness of the main character render the film somewhat weird - with significant potential both to intrigue and entertain and to annoy.

As for the action. I am easily impressed, mind you - but I thought the action scenes were okay. The only one that truly stands out though (and is in my opinion really very good) is the final showdown between Wei Pai and Charlie Chan.

...to cut the long story short: if you are a Wei Pai fan, this is a must-see. If you are not that much into the guy, I would advise you to approach this film with cautious curiosity.

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