Jackie Chan, Louis
Koo, Michael Hui, Matthew
Medvedev, Gao Yuanyuan, Charlene
Choi, Chen Baoguo & Yuen Biao
(HKFlix): Slipper (Jackie
Chan), Landlord (Michael Hui)
and Octopus (Louis Koo) is a 'dream
team' of "Thieving Musketeers". They are like a bullet out
of a gun whenever an opportunity for a heist comes. However, rape and
pillage is out of the question, as their principle is never to intentionally
Yee, sole heiress to the distinguished Ding Family's fortunes, has given
birth to a boy - Matthew. However, he is snatched away by Man Yee's
ex-boyfriend Max (Terence Yin), who in a state of jealous delusion,
thinks Matthew is his own flesh-and-blood. An unfortunate accident leads
to Max's untimely death. Max's father, a mafia boss is out to take revenge,
but more importantly, to regain custody of his 'grandson'.
reward of 30 million for the kidnapping of a tiny tod sounds like an
offer that the thieving trio cannot refuse. However, one thing snowballs
into another, landing everyone into a moral dilemma and a dangerous
quandary. And adorable Matthew has made his way into everyone's heart,
so they have to choose between the ransom and their conscience.
When this project was first announced the movie was entitled “Project
BB” and the trio of thieves were going to be Jackie Chan, Sammo
Hung & Yuen Biao. This sent the internet community into a fit in
the hope that there could be one last movie starring “The Three
Brothers”, plans soon changed with Eric Tsang replacing Sammo.
Plans changed again when the trio of thieves were changed to Jackie
Chan, Michael Hui & Louis Koo and the film was renamed “Rob-B-Hood”.
With the new cast and new title, it obviously killed some of the momentum
that the film was gaining.
film is great, I laughed, I nearly cried and I shouted “Kick his
ass!” at the TV on two occasions. The cast was flawless, the guest
appearances we’re great and the cameo appearances from Daniel
Wu and a stammering Nicholas Tse were just priceless.
many Michael Hui fans will be let down by this flick since Hui is only
really in 1/3 of the entire movie. They’ve chosen the right character,
because Hui’s character ‘Landlord’ was a boring guy
really. I have nothing against Michael Hui, oh, no, no I respect him
immensely. Comparing his character with the unlucky gambler and the
womanizing playboy, he’s a bit of a dull one.
Biao co-stars in the flick as a police inspector ‘Steven Mok’,
his character was friends with Thongs when they were in School together,
but now on opposite sides of the law he tends to over look some of Thongs
flaws. There is a great scene where Steven goes to Thongs apartment
which is filled with debt collectors, triad lackeys, Octopus’s
pregnant wife, Thong’s crush Melody and the baby. Confused by
the amount of house guests Thongs tries to play some of them off as
his cousins. Soon as Stevens back is turned the Triads and Debt Collectors
lunge for Thongs!
of what makes this such a great film for the hard core HK cinema fans
is seeing Yuen Biao and Jackie Chan together on screen. That said, his
talents felt wasted, and his appearance comes off as a little forced.
The role he played was just not important enough. The biggest disappointment
is having one of the best climactic showdowns to come out of a HK film
in a long time, and having Yuen Biao show up when its all over. However,
we do get a little taste in the middle of the film with some limited
action from Biao. But when its all said and done, it almost felt like
only the only joy kills in the movie is the CGI. Now I know CGI was
only used in scenes where it wasn’t humanly possible for a child,
but it still looks pretty naff. Some CG shots of baby Mathew strangely
look two dimensional. I even think there was a blue a screen of Jackie
running with the basket, but why wouldn’t he use a blue screen,
if he actually went and done that stunt and it goes wrong this would
have been Jackie’s last movie! Trust me the CGI is the only thing
that spoils the movie, the rest of it can possible be the best action
comedy of 2006.
cast is excellent. However, as good at the film is, if it had stayed
a three bothers film, it would have been so much better. Perhaps having
Yuen Biao, Sammo Hung, and Jackie as the three thieves would have been
too obvious. So in this reviewers humble opinion, and with all due respect
to Louis Koo, it would have been great to see Yuen Biao in Koo's place,
and Sammo in Yuen's place as the cop. The idea of pairing Jackie and
Yuen, and then having Sammo as the third wheel works so well(See Wheels
on Meals, or Dragons Forever). The film is wonderful, but having our
beloved trio together again would have made it a true classic.
appearances? As I mentioned above Daniel Wu and Nicholas Tse make cameo
appearances as security van drivers. Ken Lo (now know as Ken Low) plays
a heavy along with Hayama Hiro. Charlene Choi plays Octopus’s
long suffering wife, Concory Chan plays Thongs debt collector, Terence
Yin makes a quick appearance at the start as Cherrie Yings ex-boyfriend,
Andrew Lin plays Cherrie’s current boyfriend, Gao Yuanyuan plays
the nurse – Melody, Chen Baoguo plays the father of Terrence Yin’s
character. Teresa Carpio plays the nut-bag wife of Michael Hui’s
character. Umm other appearances include, Gordon Lam, Joe Cheung, Hui
Siu-Hung & probably that I didn’t notice.
thoughts, a nice light hearted action comedy, the perfect combo. Enjoy!
- Seeing Yuen
Biao, and Jackie Chan together again
- The baby!
- The few action
scenes are wonderful!
- Nice mix of
action, comedy, and drama
'Frasier' like situation comedy moments.
- Broke Broke
enough Yuen Biao
climatic action sequences. . .without Yuen Biao
Sammo? where is Sammo? Oh yeah, not in the movie. . .
8.0 out of 10.0