快樂的小雞 (1990)
Chicken a La Queen


Reviewed by: MrBooth
Date: 06/23/2006
Summary: 7.5 - brutal and depressing, but... good

Loletta Lee and Sarah Lee started off as part of Cinema City's "Happy Girl Troupe", starring in a number of feel-good comedies as perky and attractive teenage girls. CHICKEN A LA QUEEN is definitely not a "Happy Girls" film - it's a rough, violent and cynical tale of teenage prostitutes and their triad pimps, depicting a life of misery and thuggery with the only light on the horizon being the possibility of forging some strong friendships.

Sarah Lee plays PS, who is allegedly deaf - although the film-makers only seem to remember this when it affects some plot point, which is much less often than the occasions when she blatantly hears and reacts to people/events she can't see. Loletta plays PK, her best buddy and girlfriend of "good pimp" Roy Cheung. Unfortunately, Sarah owes money to another pimp, who is definitely not a "good" one.

The girls seem largely resigned to their life as sex toys (as long as the client isn't black, apparently), but aren't too happy about being beaten up and abused - which, unfortunately, they are throughout most of the film. It's a tough life they lead, and the film doesn't hold back in showing it.

Shing Fui On puts in a good turn as a cop who is struggling to raise a kid without his mum, and (sort of) wants to help the girls out and put the bad pimp behind bars. His life isn't too rosy either, as it turns out. In fact, based on this film, nobody in Hong Kong is having a good time of it - I think we can safely bet that it's never going to be used by the tourism board to promote the city!

If you're looking for light, fluffy entertainment then look elsewhere... seriously... but if you're looking for violence and depression, atmospherically shot (the filter-heavy cinematography is excellent), this film certainly delivers.

Reviewer Score: 7

Reviewed by: mpongpun
Date: 07/29/2003

When you first take a look at the DVD cover, you may come to a conclusion that this flick has gotta be some kind of happy chick flick with a few cute looking girls. Looks are deceiving. The last thing this flick is about is happiness. All you will see is gritty street life for Whores, pimps bitch slapping their “Chickens”, drugs, and a boat load of fights. I would venture a guess that maybe 75% of this flick has somebody getting a beat down, getting slapped in the face, cut up with a blade, or being pushed off a high rise. Another 10% of the flick deals with a couple of chicks, PK (Rachel Lee) and Lam Pik Seng (Sarah Lee), yelling at everything and everybody or lighting up a cancer stick in each scene that I can recall them in. Speaking of the two leading ladies, Rachel Lee and Sarah Lee, who are REAL sisters in the REAL world, I cannot even come to grips that these are the same two ladies that I saw in kiddy-type flicks such as Fantasy Island, Happy Ghost, and Sweet Sixteen to name a few mid 80’s flicks that come to mind that were mostly done by Cinema City. And what’s up with Cinema City? They go from doing a bunch of kiddy-fantasy type flicks to hard core “on fire” flicks like School on Fire and Prison on Fire . Overall, I would rate the flick average. It’s nice to see one of my favorite guys in Hong Kong cinema, Shing Fui On, in a decent role. Also, for once, it’s nice to see Roy Cheung in a different role than a Triad Boss with a couple of loose screws upstairs.


Reviewed by: hkcinema
Date: 12/21/1999

A cop and gangster melodrama revolving the lives of two cops andthe two teenage girls they try to save.

[Reviewed by Tai Seng Catalog]