ִB (1992)
Fun and Fury


Reviewed by: dandan
Date: 03/08/2006
Summary: both fun, and furious...

an entertaining triad rom-com. a daughter arrives back in hong kong to see her father and she's brought her fiance with her. the thing is, he's a member of singapore c.i.d. and her dad is a triad boss. the father wants to seperate the couple, so that the other bosses don't think he's in league with the police, but it may already be too late...

cue much hilarity, some very good action scenes and a big bundle of hong kong fun. good stuff...


Reviewed by: MrBooth
Date: 03/14/2002
Summary: Cool

Not a DVD you would ever pick up looking at the cover, or from seeing the name in a list. However, look at the credits and see that Frankie Chan directs and Fung Hak On action directs and you know it's going to be a winner. Even with Leon Lai in the lead role :-/

Leon is a cop from Singapore who wants to marry the lovely Vivian Chow, and heads off to Hong Kong with her in order to meet her father (Kent Cheng). Trouble is, Kent is a triad boss and doesn't really want a cop in the family. His devious barrister/right hand man hatches a range of plans to split them up, which test the couple's love. We're saved from it turning into a romantic comedy by the appearance of Smiling Tiger (Norman Chu), a villain in the best James Bond tradition, who wants Leon and all around him dead as revenge for his brother's earlier (unexplained) death.

The basic concept of the story is... unlikely :) But under Frankie's hand it remains playful and fun, even when it's being dramatic or melodramatic it doesn't take itself too seriously. Leon gets a lot of flak as an actor, but doesn't do too badly here - perhaps his voice double spices up the performance. He certainly can't compare to Frankie's charisma though, or the lovely Sharon Kwok. Or anybody else in the cast for that matter, but that's because it's a good cast.

The movie has all the right ingredients, woven into a quite tasty whole. The action scenes are the sweetest parts of the mix - very nicely choreographed by the god-like Fung Hak On (sadly not reprising his classic "bad guy's henchman no. 2" role in this movie). You'll even believe Leon Lai is a kung fu master, really you will :) The action escalates to progresively insane levels as the situation gets more serious, with Smiling Tiger's henchman apparently having pick-pocketed an entire army some time recently. The best fight of the bunch is Frankie's brutal showdown with cute blonde gwai-lo villain Kim Marie Penn (?), despite some visible wires breaking the mood a little.

Not a revolutionary movie or a deep one, but definitely an entertaining one!

Reviewer Score: 8

Reviewed by: GlennS
Date: 04/08/2001
Summary: Ahhhh...The Early 90's...

Remember when Hong Kong Cinema used to churn out these Action/Comedies by the truckload? FUN AND FURY is a decent film to watch if you're in a nostalgic mood.

Leon Lai is a member of the "Singapore Anti-Triad Squad" who happens to be engaged to the daughter (Vivian Chow) of a retired triad boss (Kent Cheng). The couple travel to Hong Kong to meet Cheng and plan the wedding but Cheng doesn't approve of the couple being together.

Another Triad head honcho (Norman Chu) wants to take revenge on Cheng for killing his brother and the young couple, along with Lai's childhood friend (Frankie Chan) and a gold-digger(Sharon Kwok) get caught up in this scheme.

The movie drags a bit in the beginning but picks up a lot in the second half. Great action sequences (including creative use of motorized race cars and a good one-on-one fight between Frankie and Kim Maree Penn) saves this film from being mediocre.

6.5/10

Reviewer Score: 6

Reviewed by: leh
Date: 12/09/1999

Good action/gangster movie. Pretty lightweight, with excellentaction scenes. A cop is in love with a gangster daughter, which leads to serious complications.


Reviewed by: spinali
Date: 12/08/1999
Summary: NULL

Triad boss Mr. Ma (Kent Cheng) has every reason to want to thwart the marriage of his daughter (Vivian Chow) to a member of the Anti-Triad Squad (Leon Lai). But when a new gang, the Tiger Triads, threaten the status quo, Mr. Ma gets mortally wounded ("He's in a comma," says one subtitle), and from that point, sprays of amazing machine-gun bullets kill the bad guys but leave the good untouched.

(2.5/4)



[Reviewed by Steve Spinali]

Reviewer Score: 6