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Saturday, 19 May 2012

Review: TWINKLE TWINKLE LUCKY STARS 夏日福星 (1985)

Review: TWINKLE TWINKLE LUCKY STARS 夏日福星 (1985)

Picking up where MY LUCKY STARS last left off, the famous five "Lucky Stars" gang -- Kidstuff (Sammo Hung), Sandy (Richard Ng), Rawhide (Stanley Fung), Eric Tsang (Roundhead) and Herb (Charlie Chin) -- are now having their good time vacationing in Pattaya, Thailand. During their vacation, Inspector Wu (Sibelle Hu) and Kidstuff are supposed to meet her informer, Mr Ma (Melvin Wong). However, Mr Ma ends up being gunned down by a trio of killers (Richard Norton, Chung Faat, Yasuaki Kurata). While Mr Ma is dying from gunshot wounds, he manages to tell Inspector Wu about a letter he sent to his friend named Wong Chi-Ching (Rosamund Kwan) in Hong Kong. Naturally, Inspector Wu and the "Lucky Stars" gang hurries back to Hong Kong where she puts Chi-Ching and her roommate Wormgrass (John Shum) into protective custody -- not surprisingly -- at the home of the "Lucky Stars" gang. With a pretty girl like Chi-Ching inside the house, the "Lucky Stars" gang take their opportunity to try all sort of mischievous ways to grope her or trick out of her clothes. Likewise, the "Lucky Stars" gang only start to get serious when they eventually discover the same trio of killers arrives in Hong Kong to obtain Ma's letter at all cost. Joining them in the fight, are, of course, two cops from MY LUCKY STARS: Muscles (Jackie Chan) and Ricky (Yuen Biao).


REVIEW: The enormous HK box-office success of MY LUCKY STARS during the Chinese New Year in 1985 has certainly prompted actor-director Sammo Hung for a quick direct sequel a few months later with the release of TWINKLE TWINKLE LUCKY STARS. Unfortunately, this third outing is a huge disappointment. Let's just say everything here is nothing more than a tired rehash of the first two "Lucky Stars" series.

In TWINKLE TWINKLE LUCKY STARS, there is more slapstick comedy than its predecessors. Not surprisingly, most of the story really drags a lot with a series of unrelated and lame subplots especially the one involving the whole vacation-in-Thailand sequence. Meanwhile, the middle part involving the "Lucky Stars" gang trying to grope Chi-Ching is a recycled gag that does better in the first two movies.

Sammo Hung's direction is pedestrian, while the pacing is terribly uneven. Acting is average at best, and the only saving grace in this lacklustre entry is the action sequences. Even though the action, this time, are considerably little than the first two instalments, TWINKLE TWINKLE LUCKY STARS manages to boost some of the well-choreographed fight scenes ever seen in all "Lucky Stars" series. The early scene involving Jackie Chan, Yuen Biao and a cameo appearance by Andy Lau battling a group of bad guys in the warehouse is a spectacular entertainment. Then there's the final 15 minutes -- a series of elaborate fight scenes involving Jackie Chan, Yuen Biao and Sammo Hung squaring off against Richard Norton, Chung Faat and Yasuaki Kurata. The showdown between Hung with two tennis racquets and Kurata with a pair of steel sais is particularly memorable.

Easily the weakest entry in the "Lucky Stars" series, TWINKLE TWINKLE LUCKY STARS still able to make a lot of money with HK$28.9 million at the box office.

Sammo Hung's TWINKLE TWINKLE LUCKY STARS is nothing more than a tired rehash of the first two "Lucky Star" series and made it worst with pedestrian direction and draggy subplots.

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