My Lucky Stars

The boys are back in this follow up to Winners and Sinners and it is directed again by Sammo Hung. What is a bit peculiar though is that it seems that they are playing different characters. In most ways the characters have very similar traits to those in Winners and Sinners, but they have different names here and their background is quite dissimilar to the previous film. Certainly Stanley Fung is a different character and Eric Tsang steps in for John Sham.
Richard Ng and Eric Tsang
Otherwise though the film is very similar in tone and style to the first one. The focus is on the comedy again with some terrific action sequences throughout. Though the action is equal if not better than the first film, the comedy feels much weaker. The comedy again often centers on the boys trying to get fresh with women, but it feels very uninspired and immature.
Charlie Chin and Stanley Fung
Thankfully the film starts off with some action that holds the attention of the viewer for a while. Jackie Chan and Yuen Biao are following a HK crook  (Lam Ching-Ying) on the Tokyo subways but when they are spotted a chase is on through the streets of the city. The chase ends up at an amusement park where Jackie and Yuen battle a group of ninjas. There are a number of great bits here – in particular I loved a backward flip that Yuen performs. In the end though Yuen is knocked out and kidnapped by the ninjas. Jackie needs some assistance from HK, but doesn’t want any cops sent over. So they turn to Sammo and company.
Yuen Biao and Jackie Chan
Needless to say the boys are not thrilled to help out, but they are put in a position where they are have to. The fact that Sibelle Hu is on the assignment with them makes it a little less painful. Here though is where the film bogs down as the boys spend an excruciating amount of time trying to sneak a feel with Sibelle. It’s just not very funny and goes on way too long.
Eventually they turn back to the action and the last thirty minutes of the film is great fun. First Sammo and Jackie team up to take on a roomful of Ninjas and then later they all come together for the final confrontation.
Before getting there though Jackie has one of his more interesting action scenes as he finds himself in the Horror House at the amusement park where he must overcome trap doors, illusions and deadly hidden Ninjas. It is a wonderful surrealistic sequence and it feels as if Orson Welles had stepped in to film this section.
Jackie steps into an Orson Welles's Lady from Shanghai by mistake
The final fight is very good with an excellent one on one between Jackie and Dick Wei and then the classic confrontation between Sibelle and Michiko Nishawaki.  Michiko going from kimono to leotards is a picture perfect moment. This was Michiko’s HK film debut after having been the female body building champion of Japan for a few years and though it is short it is memorable.
This is a difficult film to judge overall – certainly worth watching for the action, but getting through the so-called comedic bits felt like more of a chore than cleaning your clothes at the laundromat.

My rating for this film: 7.0