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szdaily -> Movies -> 
Two Thumbs Up
    2015-04-10  08:53    Shenzhen Daily

    Starring: Francis Ng, Simon Yam, Patrick Tam, Mark Cheng, Leo Ku, Christie Cheng Director: Lau Ho-leung

    LAU HO-LEUNG’S directorial debut “Two Thumbs Up” is an endearingly retro romp through Hong Kong’s New Territories in the company of four ageing ex-cons with the most elaborate mullets seen onscreen since Al Pacino played Phil Spector.

    Starring the much-loved Francis Ng (Ng Chun-yu) and Simon Yam (Yam Tat-wah), who appeared together in the blockbuster “Young and Dangerous” 20 years ago, “Two Thumbs Up” premiered at the Hong Kong International Film Festival in March.

    Experienced writer Lau Ho-leung (“Painted Skin” and “Kung Fu Jungle”), has concocted a story of four low-rent former cons who reunite in a bowling alley to reluctantly carry out one more scam.

    The director has decked his principal actors out in primary colors (vivid oranges and purples) and over-the-top hairdos against a glowing nocturnal background and tricked it all up with overlaid, animated schematics. There’s no particular reason why it should work, and, indeed, it can seem a little odd initially, but this postmodern weirdness gives “Two Thumbs Up” a heightened impact.

    The film revolves around Big F (Ng), newly released from a 16-year stint behind bars in Malaysia, who returns to Hong Kong to hook up with his old partners-in-crime — bowling alley attendant Crazy B (Simon Yam), hair stylist Johnnie T (Patrick Tam) and shortsighted East L (Mark Cheng).

    Initially, they’re not at all keen to return to their criminal ways. But ultimately they can’t resist Big F’s plan: he’s heard that triads are smuggling cash over the border from China in hearses — and it’s stashed inside the corpses.

    Together they plan a raid: they’ll disguise a mini-bus as a police Emergency Vehicle (or EV, the film’s Chinese title) by layering over parts stolen from police car junkyards. They’ll disguise themselves as Hong Kong cops and hijack the hearse in the middle of the New Territories on Hallowe’en night.

    For a bunch of robbers, trying on the cops’ uniform is a gas, and, drunk on their sudden power, they arrest a couple of would-be rapists, attracting the attention of sharp-nosed junior Officer Tsui (Leo Ku). Unfortunately, though, they’re not the only ones to have come up with this dastardly, hearse-raiding plan, and a rival gang is brandishing sub machine guns (as opposed to Big F’s BB rifles).

    Full to the brim with fast-talking Hong Kong banter — there’s nothing like those long-drawn-out Cantonese tones for comic effect — “Two Thumbs Up” still manages to deliver the gang a few life lessons about uniforms — “they don’t matter” and friendships, which are more important than money (which is also “the only thing we trust in”).

    It’s taken a long time for Lau to step into the realm of directing, but “Two Thumbs Up” is worth the wait.

    The movie is now being screened in Shenzhen.

    (SD-Agencies)

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