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Carol 'Do Do' Cheng,
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Nurse Liang Shanbo (Carol 'Do Do' Cheng) and Actress Zhu Yingtai (Maggie Cheung) are mismatched cousins who just inherited a rental home from their late relative. When they moved in, they discover that a room has been rented out to a man named Ben, who turns out to be a criminal gangster. One night, when Ben returns home, bloodied and injured, he collapses into Yingtai's arms and whispers a code in her ear before he dies. Not knowing what the code leads to, Yingtai and Shanbo are later visited by a man claiming to be Ben's brother who wants to solve the case. In the meantime, gangsters believed to be involved with Ben's murder want to retrieve the code from the girls, whom they think were told by Ben what it actually unlocks.Written by
Double Causes Trouble (Shen Yong Shuang Mei Mai); 7 out of 10: Late Eighties Hong Kong comedy with broad slapstick comedy, some deft performances, and a few action scenes. The basic plot is two single female cousins, who hate each other, inherit their late grandmother's apartment with the stipulation that they have to live together in the apartment for one year or they lose the inheritance. The Apartment comes with a handsome male boarder whom the cousins immediately fight over but alas he is not whom he seems to be.
The Good: If this movie has one thing going for it it is forward momentum. Like a combination of Airplane and Benny Hill if one doesn't like a setup payoff or particular set of characters just wait a minute and a new scene or a twist will be upon you. The comedy is more smirk than laugh out laugh funny but there is an awful lot of it. It also goes places one would not expect and that level of surprise is one of the delights of the film.
The acting (and overacting) helps keep things breezy with the leads Carol 'Do Do' Cheng and Maggie Cheung being particular standouts. The supporting cast fits their roles well and all look the broad characterization they are supposed to play so kudos to the casting department.
The Bad: This being a Shaw Brothers film one might expect some Martial Arts action. It is awful with some of the least convincing stunt doubles this side of Kirk fighting a Gorn.
The Ugly: Those that hate subtitles and those that are "woke" are going to join forces on disliking this film. Whether it is the comical date rapist, the homosexual hitman and hitwoman, or the transexual stinger joke this might not be a crowd pleaser for those that are uptight or sensitive about such things. The film's description of women on the prowl for a husband will also raise some recently plucked eyebrows. On the other hand the complete disregard of such concerns makes the film a bit of a guilty pleasure in this day and age.
Overall a surprising fun breezy romp that is an antidote for the more serious fare.
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