Reviewed by: danton
I'm a sucker for the brand of silly humour and good-hearted zaniness that characterizes most Chinese New Year comedies, and this series in particular. Of the three instalments branding the Shakespearean title, this one is probably the weakest, although it is still worthwhile checking out.
The setting has been moved from modern day HK to a period setting that offers the filmmakers an opportunity to spoof some modern urban realities in an unusual fashion. For example, the villagers in this film use "paging frogs" instead of pagers (and the discussion about the advantages of using a silently trembling frog vs. a beeping frog, etc., is quite funny. Other gags (a horse called "Benz" complete with the customary Mercedes emblem in its headgear) are somewhat more labored, including a brothel catalogue that clearly includes pictures of Andy LAu and Michelle Yeoh as available escorts.
The storyline is pretty basic and doesn't really need to be summarized here. Suffice it to say, some people fall in love, there are complications involving lots of opportunities for cross-dressing and mistaken identities and lots of really big stars make really silly faces. All of this is mixed up with some action choreography, and at the end everyone miraculously pairs up in romantic couples!
The stars include Leslie Cheung, Rosamund Kwan and Ng Man-Tat.