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港督最後一個保鑣 (1996)
Bodyguards of Last Governor

Reviewed by: jfierro
Date: 12/21/1999

A real chore to sit through. While this should have been a biting satire on the impending reversion of Hong Kong to Chinese control, it comes across like a cheesy TV comedy, complete with tinny sound effects and recycled gags. The only person to come out of this looking OK is Law Koon-Lan, who does a clever take on Hong Kong's intermediary with Mainland China.

Reviewed by: hktopten
Date: 12/21/1999

Very local satire about the Hong Kong political scenes, so local in fact a lot of the jokes wouldn't be funny unless the viewer is familiar with the HK political players. The film has its moments but somehow like many of the recent Wong Jing fares the parts are better than the sum. Michael Chow stands around with not much to do and the same goes for Law Kar Ying and Eric Kot. Chingmy Yau performed better than she did in Street Angels but that's not saying much. Law Koon Lan stole the show again as Chung Fong On Sun. Despite its faults, the film is worth a watch, but it doesn't go as far as Alfred Cheung's Her Fatal Ways series satire wise.

Reviewed by: spinali
Date: 12/08/1999
Summary: NULL

Yan Chien Fai (Eric Kot), a cook in a British Chineserestaurant, becomes the focus of a perverse government joke when he's raised to the office of Hong Kong governor -- for one month, when the Chinese install their man. Triad hitmen are out to kill anybody who's in charge, so two specially trained bodyguards are posted for Yan's security: Daikan (Michael Chow) is a no-smiles, no-nonsense pro, while Lugo is more interested in keeping his wife (Chingmy Yau), who's cultivated an attitude of tactical jealosy. It's a quickie Wong Jing-produced throwaway, with a discouraging proportion of culture-specific gags: some I got, most I didn't. The cryptic subtitles didn't help. You'll pull through this movie just fine if you have a bottle of booze, popcorn, and some aspirin.


[Reviewed by Steve Spinali]

Reviewer Score: 5