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An unusual blend of comedy, romance, martial arts and a look at the pedicab industry. Sammo is something special.
Quite good action and also some romance in the movie. The ending is another of those typical abrupt type. Macau 1954, Sammo Hung lead his group of pedicab drivers (Max Mok, Lowell Lo, Mang Hoi) to negotiate with coolies. They all end upfighting and there's one scene 2 guys use the fluorescent light as light sabre. The old baker Sun Yueh is aiming Nina Li. Other girls play a prank on Sammo and he thought Nina is culprit. Sun defend her and Maria Cordero come to salvage the situation. Max Mok accidentally knock Fennie Yuen and likes her. She go temple and is told she will be lucky in love. Max buy her a new pair of shoe as compensate. John Shum is a gangster. Dick Wei bring his girlfriend who is a prostitute away. He hunt them, Billy Chow fight Dick and he died. John saw Nina and wanna touch her. Sammo save her. They chase them with car and they crash into a gambling den. Her money drop on the floor and the thugs don't let her take. The den boss Lau Kar-Leung fight Sammo and he lose. Lau let them go because he admire his kung fu and even give him some money. Nina go to Sammo room to rub ointment on his bruises. Sun comes in and she hide in his blanket. Sun ask Sammo not to fight over Nina with him and keep insulting him. Sammo lift up the blanket and Sun saw Nina. They are together. Max and Fennie also together. The buddies want the duo to intro their girlfriend. Lowell go to brothel and Fennie is a prostitute. When they meet, Lowell reveal out. Max is very angry and sad. Nina says maybe she is force to do so. Max find her but she know she's not worthy. The bros carry Max to her and bluff he suicide for her. They ask her if he is alive, will she marry him. She say she will and Max stop acting. They sell their pedicab to give Fennie settle her debt with John. He is not happy his whore is freed. Max and Fennie get married. The baddies crash the house. Lowell manage to escape. Sammo bought a jade bracelet for Nina and Lowell came to tell him. Mang wife tells him not to interfere but he couldn't and they were hurt. Max and Fennie is badly hurt and died. Mang join Sammo to avenge. His wife tell Mang not to worry. Sammo fight many thugs and nearly defeated by Billy. Mang is hold hostage. John father beat the thug and Mang push him down. John try to kill his own father and he got push down. Sammo kill John. Nina, Lowell and Sun come to help but all is over. The jade bracelet is broken to bits.
Pedicab Driver directed and c-starring Sammo Hung, Nina Li Chi and Eric Tsang in cameo role
Sammo Hung is a pedicab driver who sleeps at a baker shop where he has fallen in love with charming dough kneading Nina Li - he has circle of loyal friends who are all happy-go-lucky souls - one of his young pedicab drivers falls in love with charming girl, it turns out she is actually sleeping with people to pay off her loans - until one of her client is friends of her lover - Sammo and entire gang sell some of their pedicabs to get her released from chains of loans and get them married - howeer, in the nick of time the owner of brothel sends his goons to terminate the two -
Filled with good fight scenes, and melting scenes; it's plot is solid enough to raise your curiosity till the very end. Few guffaws with romance wars between Sammo and old baker! Film maintains the rhythm of its story!
Wednesday, March 7, 2012
(1989) Pedicab Driver
(In Chinese with English subtitles)
Like most action vehicles made in Hong Kong during the 80's and 90's, the story and comedy routines only serve only as a backdrop to showcase Sammo Hung Kam Bo's hard hitting martial art skills which involves a Chinese kickboxing martial artist Billy Kwan playing a karate Japanese military soldier! In terms of action, this is very good but not Sammo's best!
3 out of 4
This one had a reputation as Sammo Hung's best film and I'd been wanting to see it for about ten years. Finally got around to it, due mainly to its other reputation for being so hard to find. It lived up to the hype though and has some of the absolute best action and comedy from Hong Kong in the 80s. The legendary Lau Kar-leung has maybe the best cameo I've ever seen in an HK film as the boss of a gambling house who picks a fight with Sammo about 30 minutes in. The movie is of course quite uneven in its transition from comedy to drama, though it's quite typical of the style for such films and I would still name drop this as one of the best examples of an HK action-comedy I've ever seen.
One of Sammo Hung's best movies and considered by many to be his masterpiece, it starts out as a comedy, moves into romance before entering heroic bloodshed territory by the time the end credits roll. The plot could have been made tighter but it doesn't matter when you've got a good balance of humour and drama including a funny nod to Star Wars when Sammo has a flourescent light tube fight. However, the mood changes dramatically to the dark side in the 2nd half as Sammo is out for revenge when his friend and his new bride are slaughtered. The fight choreography throughout the movie are outstanding. Even though Sammo may never leave the shadow of his countryman Jackie Chan, he is definitely just as inventive and nimble for a large man in his fights. The fast and furious stick fight between Sammo and Lau Kar Leung is a model of dazzling choreography and sharp, superb direction, and easily one of the best ever of its type.
A seemless and utterly compelling blend of first-class martial arts comedy and truly breathtaking violence, "Pedicab Driver" showcases the master of Hong Kong action at his awesome, bloody best.
Sammo Hung at his best. He goes up against Lau Kar Leung and Billy Chow. Sammo kicks ass!
"The film is like a battleground. Love. Hate. Action. Violence. Death. In one word . . . emotion."-Samuel Fuller, "Pierrot Le Fou"
Before "Kung-Fu Panda" there was Sammo Hung, who is a burly martial arts action star, and in "Pedicab Driver" a five star director who knows how to throw his weight around without missing a beat. Like Jackie Chan (who he choreographed fight sequences for), Hung combines physical comedy with self propelled stunt work, showcasing both the fury and the funny.
In 1930's Macau, China two rival groups of pedicab drivers negotiate how to split up the cities work, half will take passengers, and the other half will take cargo, and civil war is nearly averted until a chef chases a cat into the room and all hell breaks loose. The subsequent battle seamlessly recalls both "Star Wars" and "The Three Stooges", without loosing any of it's frantic energy or becoming a parody.
Pedicab Driver is first and foremost a Hong Kong action film, but while watching it you don't get the sense that each scene is designed to introduce a new excuse to fight. Some sequences, like the battle in the gambling den, do seem non-sequitters, as we never return to that set or it's characters, but the execution of this scene is so flawless that you rarely ease back from the edge of your seat long enough to mind let alone gripe.
Sammo and his friend "Malted Candy" are passenger drivers, who both fall in love in with different girls at the same time. Sammo has to compete with a lecherous baker to win the heart of his girl in classic slapstick fashion. While Malted Candy's story, which is minimized early on but expanded later, takes the form of a romance, and then a tragedy once it's revealed that his love interest is not all she seems. This does not have the makings of a great tale, but it is very much a great movie, that handles these stories with a poise that genuinely enhances the action sequences, which are almost submerged under the story and characters (a rarity if not a freak, for an action film of this caliber).
Yes, the bad guy is ugly, the good guy is handsome which is all very obvious, but Sammo is big ol kung fu teddy bear, whose agility and lightening fast speed belie his Chris Farely physique, and it's his performance which elevates the movie into something amazing. The comedy is funny, the romance is sweet, and the action is one of a kind combining the best of martial arts cinema, with an easily accessible drama that makes us care about the characters and their pains, joys, and inevitable revenge.
Pedicab Driver is badass and brutal at times, but never sacrifices the charming lightness that makes the movie so enjoyable and gratifying in a way few of it's exciting peers (then and now) permit themselves to be. It's the type of film that gives the impression that everyone involved was enjoying themselves by effortlessly doing what I do best. This joy pours from the screen, and it's hard not to become immersed in it.
I recently watched another HK action film featuring Sammo called "Zu: Warriors Of The Magic Mountain" and though it had similar sizzling combat (though largely artitifial; wire or animation driven), it lacked a humane element, like reading a dry translation of an ancient myth. Pedicab Driver has a face, and a heart, and a fist, and watching them collide is a true joy to behold. I challenge anyone to not be entertained by this movie. Go on, I dare you!
As much as I love Jackie Chan's films, and as much as I realize that Bruce Lee is probably the greatest martial arts star ever, my heart pretty much belongs to everybody's favorite portly kicker Sammo. And Pedicab Driver is his finest work, my favorite martial arts film ever, and one of my favorite movies ever.
It starts off as a light-hearted comedy, becomes a romantic drama, and ends in almost heroic bloodshed territory. And for the whole film Sammo is putting all that he loves about movies in between and it shows on the screen. And did I mention the fights? From an early barroom brawl between the pedicab and taxi workers, to a dizzying pole fight with Lau Kar-Leung(Maybe the best fight ever filmed) to a final knockdown drag out beatdown inside a gangster's mansion, Pedicab Driver delievers on that front in spades.
It's a classic of the genre, a hidden gem in Hong Kong films, and the best movie from one of the best dudes to ever emerge from Hong Kong films.