No, not the one with Jet Li and Tony LCW but the 1997 film with Takeshi in it.
Well. This is the funniest film I’ve seen in ages. I actually cried with laughter at some bits. Okay, it’s a Shaw Brothers film and Shaw Brothers = Purveyors of Cheese, but this is from 1997, not 1977! Not that you’d know it, because this is pretty much Shaw Bros paint-by-numbers. Woe for the fact that Adam didn’t turn up as one of the gangsters.
Takeshi goes from looking ridiculously hot to just ridiculous in the space of 0.4 seconds, but to be honest I was too busy laughing to care. He really, really
looks like Andy’s character in Shanghai Grand
(which was made in 1996) – same hairstyle, same little hawk nose, same clothes, even a scene where he goes bowling… all we need is for Takeshi’s character to make a puppet out of an old sock and he would be Andy Lau. Even the plot is remarkably similar to Shanghai Grand
, with the exception that Hero
doesn’t have Leslie in it, and one of the chief pleasures of Shanghai Grand
is Leslie in the shower. Oh yes.
Actually, some of the fight sequences are pretty entertaining, even if I’ve seen better in Once Upon A Time In China
. As a bonus, we get a random scene in a teahouse where Peking Opera is playing and the dan
has a wtf moment. Later we get to see the same teahouse as patronised by Jet Li in every movie he’s ever made apart from Danny the Dog
Takeshi has the best line: “Don’t pee on my gun.” Not quite in the same league as “You bastard, try this melon!” from Gunmen
but an impressive line all the same.
EEEEEEE quotient: Very well-developed.
Anime Eyes: *shine shine shine*
Scene that made me laugh the most: Takeshi *headdesk*
Surely one of the most craptastic films I have ever seen. 2/10