Reviewed by: Chinoco
Summary: Goofball comedy + action- just what I am looking for!
Bogus Cops is the latest movie featuring Eric Tsang that I was able to track down. It also features Leung Kar-Yan who is probably most famous for his starring role along Chow Yun-Fat in Postman Strikes Back". Not only does he act in Bogus Cops, but he also wrote the script and directed.
Reviewer Score: 7
The story is about two slacker cops (Tsang and Kar-Yan) who will do anything to get away from actual police work. Some examples of their "bravery" include running from robbers, paying off Triad members, and of course sleeping on the job. Things change however, when Kar-Yan is miss-diagnosed with AIDS. Thinking he is about to die, he suddenly realizes that he has nothing to fear anymore and becomes a HK supercop! He decides to stop crime all over the city and some of his bravery even rubs off to Tsang. There is also a romantic subplot featuring a refugee from the mainland (Veronica Yip) that Tsang rescues and takes home to live with him. She turns out to be a kung-fu expert and joins in with all the crime fighting.
This was a really fun movie. My only complaint is that after a very strong first half- the plot seemed to be completely abandoned! There are still enjoyable silly moments, and plenty of action, but the storyline takes a complete back seat. With only about seven minutes remaining, I found myself wondering just how all of the plot threads would be wrapped up in time. To the movies credit, everything was resolved, albeit in a very rushed manner. Of course lack of a plot is nothing new for a HK movie, especially one from the 90's. I didn't let that stop my enjoyment of the film however. If you are a fan of Eric Tsangs slapstick antics then this movie is for you. It is full of him goofing off instead of working, running scared from gang members, and being dragged by moving cars. Tsang never fails to crack me up!
Another thing I enjoyed about Bogus Cops was the fashion. I distinctly remember the brightly colored hooded sweatshirts and other trademarks from 1993. Seeing Tsang with the surfer hair and casual athletic clothes is quite the contrast from his 3 piece suit gangster look from the Infernal Affairs series.
Recommended for plenty of non-PC comedy and action
Reviewed by: STSH
Extremely silly and sometimes funny knockabout buddies/cops flick.
Reviewer Score: 5
Karl Choi and Ching But Cam are two "bold gendarmes" who keep getting demoted for incompetence. After a brothel raid gone wrong, Rose (Veronica Yip, in yet another brainless bimbo role !) is left in the care of But Cam (yeah, right - in your dreams, Eric !). Their tough Inspector boss berates Karl for his slack attitude, observing that they were classmates. In a cringing scene which no western filmmaker would even dare contemplate, a blood sample taken from Karl is switched with that of a screaming, limp-wristed queen. The doctor quiveringly tells Karl that the test is positive for AIDS (yep, no joke is too tasteless). "Knowing" he is doomed, Karl becomes a fearless thief-catcher, dragging them in by the dozen.
Which is bad news for a gang of thugs and wannabe terrorists. Led by braggard Big Brother, this gang has a serious identity crisis. They change their name every day, to "9 plus the day of the month" gang.
Trying to win over Rose, But Cam takes her to a karaoke, where the audience writhes in pain at her awful voice. However, she wins a weird admirer. When the inevitable showdown between the goodies and the baddies gets under way, Rose proves to be a great fu fighter, and even the lazy But Cam gets swept along in Karl's fearless bravado. This scene is just as silly as the rest of it all, but is greatly enjoyable. Of course, there are cheers for the hero, and he learns he isn't going to die. But will But Cam get Rose at the end .....
Overall : Could have been funnier, but not a bad no-brainer.
Memorable quotes : "She was afraid of pregnant". "I have snoring habbit". "You are still small totato".