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摩登保鑣 (1981)
Security Unlimited

Reviewed by: cal42
Date: 01/03/2008

Michael, Ricky and Sam are security guards who are, of course, not terribly good at what they do. Some semblance of a story comes into it about an hour into the film about Ricky saving a family of mainlanders who have arrived in Hong Kong and have nowhere to stay. But mainly it’s just a string of gags and zany situations cobbled together to make 90 minutes’ worth of material.

The material, though, is pretty darned good. Which is to say, there are a lot of duff gags in there, but there are so many you’re bound to find one you like sooner rather than later. Most of the humour is quite cartoon-like, and if this is your bag you’re bound to have a chuckle. Some humour is also derived from the inclusion of Hong Kong’s best straight man, Fung Shui-Fan, who is the new boss of the security company.

There’s really not much more that can be said about SECURITY UNLIMITED, good as it is. It’s incredibly lightweight and demanding, but is probably the best Hui Brothers comedy featuring all three. One observation I did make, though, is the girl Ricky gets a crush on goes down the old “no money = prostitution” route. This happens so often in Hong Kong films I’m starting to worry. Selling your body is one of the worst things a woman can do, but they’re always jumping at the chance to be a whore in Hong Kong films. It’s starting to feel like I’m being told there are millions of Chinese girls who think, “oh dear, I’m short of cash this month – I’d better get on the game.”

Anyway, good film!

Reviewer Score: 8

Reviewed by: Inner Strength
Date: 06/22/2002
Summary: Pretty good

Another in the successful and long running Hui brothers series comes perhaps the last good film they did together (in my opinion anyway). Out of all the films, Games Gamblers Play would have to be the best, very closely followed by Private Eyes. Security Unlimited once again brings the talent of the whole family, with great comedy presence of Stanley Fung. However, the concept of the film (little more than a police academy type plot) is pretty poor and plenty of jokes are repeated from previous Hui films.

After this film came Teppanyaki and Mr Boo Meets Pom Pom (where Michael teams up with Richard Ng and John Shum), both of which were very poor. Still, this film along with their earlier 4 or 5 is still a piece of comedy excellence in Hong Kong even by today’s standards, and I would recommend this to any fans of the comedy genre.


Reviewed by: zarrsadus
Date: 06/03/2001
Summary: Hilarious

Wow, I can't believe that this movie is 10 years-old and yet there's only *one* review of it, especially for such a good movie. I wholly recommend this movie to everyone though. The plot is about a guy getting a job as a security officer and his mis-adventures while working there. Without spoiling all the hilarious gags and random things that happen in this movie, that's about the best quick summary I can come up with. If you're in the mood for a good old-fashioned comedy that you won't forget, don't miss Security Unlimited. 9 out of 10.

Reviewer Score: 9

Reviewed by: hkcinema
Date: 12/08/1999

The most successful of all the Hui Brothers' comedy hits,this film smashed ALL previous box-office records by over 50% on first release in Hong Kong! This film is about the misadventures of three employees of a private security company in Hong Kong. As with all the Hui films, it is never a simple exploitation of the local scene. Characters and situations transcend caricature to become timeless archetypes of universal appeal, instantly recognized by audiences the world over.

[Reviewed by Rim Films Catalog]