Bil’s rating (out of 5): BB
Original title: Yat goh hiu Yan
Hong Kong/Australia/USA, 1997. Golden Harvest Company. Screenplay by Fibe Ma, Edward Tang. Cinematography by Raymond Lam. Produced by Lam Chua, Leonard Ho. Music by Clarence Hui, Peter Kam, J. Peter Robinson. Production Design by Horace Ma. Costume Design by Fun-Lan Lui. Film Editing by Peter Cheung, Chi Wai Yau.
Jackie Chan is the star of this winsome comedy that will only be of interest to fans of his always outstanding martial arts work. He plays the host of a cooking show who is unwittingly dragged into a gang war when he helps a woman escaping from the bad guys who want a videotape she has in her possession. The woman is a Melbourne reporter who has information that could take these guys down, and Chan’s involvement becomes more permanent when he himself ends up in possession of the tape as well. The fight choreography really couldn’t be better, it’s Chan at the zenith of his talent, but director Sammo Hung is clearly giving no attention whatsoever to acting or dialogue. The story is sophomoric and the acting is atrocious, making it a real chore to sit through if you need something more than just bountiful action. Decide ahead of time what exactly you’re hoping to get out of it.