Reviewed by: nomoretitanic
I saw this in seventh grade. 'Twas a real heartbreaker alright. Sammo and his big round belly had always been pretty good at generating sympathy, and he did here too.
Why doesn't Jackie take on roles like this? More importantly, why doesn't Sammo tackle more serious roles? The movie seemed like a little artistic statement, proving that Sammo could act--then he stopped there (well, he also did a fine job in an otherwise mediocre Painted Faces I suppose).
Reviewed by: munchiehk
Wow! I just saw this film on laserdisc, having borrowed it on the grounds that it looked intriguing and it had Sammo Hung in a non action role. I must say, I'm so pleased I trusted my instincts. This is a lost gem, and if your tastes go deeper than kung fu and gangster flicks, you really should see this. First revelation: Sammo can act! Really! He is marvellous in the role of Slim, the Noo Yawk cabbie who returns to his home village in China after many years in America. His insistance that "a man is not a man without eight taels of gold" could be seen as braggadocio, but comes off as oddly touching, especially since everything he wears is borrowed.
There are some moments of real hilarity, in particular the van driving scene and Slim's subsequent encounter with the aggrieved owner of a newly deceased swine. The story is moving, without ever resorting to cheap, hanky wringing sentimentalism.
Eight taels of gold is not a movie for Sammo's hardcore action fans, but if you like movies with a slower, more thought provoking take on life, this is the film for you. Highly recommended.
Reviewed by: hkcinema
Acclaimed at film festivals the world over, Mabel Cheung'sfollowup to An Autumn's Tale is a bittersweet comedy about the joys and sorrows of a homecoming. "Slim" Cheng (Samo Hung) fled from South China to the U.S.A. during the Cultural Revolution. Now he returns from New York to find his family. Guided by an old aquaintence, his journey is full of mishaps and misunderstandings. Despite everything, he begins to enjoy her company. His changing feelings come into focus when they arrive and he faces a family he now barely recognizes. But fate still has tricks to play on him.
[Reviewed by Rim Films Catalog]