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Chow Yun-Fat lends a comic hand to a great film,
This review is from: Tiger On The Beat [DVD] (DVD)
Chow Yun-Fat stars as Francis, a hapless police sergeant seeking that elusive big case that will earn him a promotion. He gets this opportunity to investigate some drugs and a bunch of Thais (one of whom is 'Kill Bill''s Gordon Liu -- with hair!) who may (or may not) be involved somehow. For the case he is partnered with loose cannon and martial-arting cop Michael (Conan Lee, 'Ninja In The Dragon's Den'). However, the two don't get along that well (shades of a Hong Kong variation of 'Lethal Weapon' -- both were released in the late 1980s).
Things complicate when the sister of one of the suspects, Maria-Donna (Nina Li-Chi, 'Twin Dragons' -- nowadays better known for being married to Jet Li), becomes involved in the police work...
Although compared to 'Lethal Weapon' in terms of content, which is understandable given that it mixes comedy with very violent action (be it gunplay or martial arts), but some of the verbal comedy may not be understood by those unfamiliar with Hong Kong culture (for example, there's one, ahem, 'exchange' between Chow Yun-Fat and Nina Li-Chi that may cause offence to Western audiences, but was included because it played well to Hong Kong audiences). However, it still passes as great entertainment, due mainly to the performances -- Chow is his usual brilliant self, and it is refreshing to see him playing a comedic role compared to the gun-toting hero we're familiar with from his later roles such as in 'The Killer' or 'Hard Boiled'; in fact, Hong Kong audiences PREFERRED to see him doing comedy, but due to a requirement for a knowledge of local humour these are unlikely to get a release in the West -- , the visual comedy and, of course, the action.
A lot of the action is gun-play, but Conan gets to bust a martial move (sort of; he's not really a martial artist but passes as one quite well) and even does a lot of his own stuntwork -- it's a shame he didn't become the star he so easily could have! However, his most famous scene is his duel with Gordon Liu, in which both brandish chainsaws, which they swing like swords!
Extras include Bey Logan's audio commentary (which is even better here, as he explains some of the humour that may be lost on those unfamiliar with culture and Cantonese language), the usual choice between subtitled Cantonese or English dubbed, trailers, interviews (Gordon Liu and Wellington Fong) and further attractions.
Recommended, even if just for the chainsaw duel!