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通天大盜 (1987)
Easy Money

Reviewed by: Gaijin84
Date: 12/26/2008
Summary: A retread, but well done caper...

Easy Money is an enjoyable romp through some locations that are not normally seen in Hong Kong movies. Michelle Yeoh plays Michelle Yeung Ling, an ultra-wealthy heiress that has grown bored with the everyday humdrum. To break the monotony, she plans elaborate heists and hires crew from all over the world to accomplish the job. George Lam plays a character named, well, George Lam, an insurance investigator who needs to figure out what has happened. If this sounds familiar, it's not surprising; it's essentially a remake of the 1968 McQueen-Dunaway "Thomas Crown Affair" with the roles reversed. In Easy Money though, the role of the cop (Kent Cheng) becomes much more integrated into the storyline. George and Michelle chase each other around the globe, becoming more and more attached, even though George is essentially trying to put her in jail.

This is the first movie I've seen starring George Lam, and I was very impressed. In my opinion, he is the precursor to Tony Leung Chiu-Wai, with a very smooth and unflappable attitude in any situation. He is quite a good actor and has great chemistry with Michelle Yeoh. Yeoh is excellent as well, save for the bad hair and 80s outfits. She has no action sequences, except for some nifty driving in the streets of Paris. Kent Cheng lends a quality performance as well to round out the cast. Even though it is blatant rip-off of Thomas Crown, it's still made enjoyable by the presence of Lam and Yeoh. Add locations throughout Europe that they must have had a blast filming at, and Easy Money can easily be recommended to anyone looking for a good caper film.


Reviewer Score: 7

Reviewed by: Inner Strength
Date: 08/29/2002
Summary: Not too bad

Easy Money is an action packed film, with an interesting enough story, good comedy and excellent action. The story is pretty good, even though it takes perhaps a lot longer to start than needed.

George Lam is excellent as always, and his comedy presence is very much needed I think. Michelle Yeoh isn’t really the star in this, George Lam outshines her, but some of her stunt work is quite impressive. In fact, most of the action is pretty good. There are however a lot of dull scenes, with nothing really going on to do with the story, a good 20 minutes could have been left out or refilled with something else.

Not essential viewing, but definitely worth the watch. Probably one of the better Michelle Yeoh films, even though George Lam is the more interesting person to watch.


Reviewed by: hkcinema
Date: 12/08/1999

No, Michelle Khan does not fight in this movie. As a matterof fact, she doesn't even walk much since she's always sitting down, driving her expensive car, or riding a horse. It's based on the same idea as the one for "The Thomas Crown Affair". The roles are reversed compared to the western version where Yeoh is rich and Lam's the insurance investigator. OK, this one didn't rob a bank so the execution of the crime is worth checking out.

[Reviewed by Edith Fung]