My Lucky Stars (Hong Kong Legends) DVD Review - www.impuslegamer.com -

Feature 6.0
Video 7.0
Audio 7.0
Special Features   0.0
Total 6.0
Distributor: Universal
Running Time:
96 minutes
Classification:
PG
Reviewer:
John Kent

6.0


My Lucky Stars (Hong Kong Legends)

Muscles and Ricky (Jackie Chan and Yuen Biao) are cops chasing a gang of diamond thieves led by Lam Ching Ying. It is decided that the only way to do this is to employ the services of some lovable criminals. Kidstuff (Sammo Hung) and the Lucky Stars (Richard Ng, Eric Tsang, Charlie Chin, Stanley Fung) turn up to lend a hand.

For most Kung Fu fans, there is something special about the few films in which Sammo Hung, Jackie Chan and Yuen Biao share the screen. However, in the case of ‘My Lucky Stars’, there is some false advertising in effect, because for the most part this movie belongs to the ‘Lucky Stars’, a gang of comedians who fail to amuse.

The film kicks off with some promising action. Jackie Chan and Yuen Biao chase Lam Ching Ying through Hong Kong and into a theme park. There is a quick burst of fighting, and it’s easy to fool yourself into thinking that we are in for a treat. We then hand over to Sammo Hung, and just as things seem to be heading in the right direction, the Lucky Stars turn up and the plot grinds to a halt, wallowing in a sticky mess of forced and desperate comedy.

Finally, after an eternity, there is some decent action. Jackie finally resurfaces, and chases the bad guys through a spooky funhouse. It’s reminiscent of Sammo’s comedy horror output, but with a modern day setting. The climax of the film is a nice chunk of kung fu action, with Dick Wei showing up for a rumble, and Sibelle facing off against Michiko Nishiwaki, but the fight against Lam Ching Ying that we have waited for lasts seconds.

My Lucky stars certainly isn’t as good as it’s sequel, ‘Twinkle Twinkle Lucky Stars’, which was average at best, and is nothing more than a plotless ‘comedy’ book-ended by some half decent Kung Fu action. The action scenes in ‘My Lucky Stars’ are worth checking out, but to claim that this is a Chan/Biao/Hung movie is simply a lie. For the 20 minutes the trio are on screen, it’s fun, but the antics of the Lucky Stars are irritating rather than funny, and the movie is well below the high standards that Sammo Hung usually sets.






 
 



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