A leering bedroom comedy-cum-action film featuring the acrobatic talents of Jackie Chan, MY LUCKY STARS follows the schizophrenic formula of Jackie's vehicle WINNERS AND SINNERS (1983), a huge hit in Japan under the title 5 LUCKY STARS.
In Tokyo to arrest a renegade Hong Kong cop who stole $100 million in diamonds, HK policemen Muscles (Jackie Chan) and Ricky (Yuen Biao) pursue their quarry in a wild car chase to an amusement park in the shadow of Mount Fuji. There, Ricky is captured and spirited inside the Haunted House attraction.
Knowing the criminals will recognize any other Hong Kong cops, Muscles has his old orphanage friends assembled to track down the gang. Consisting of a lunatic, an idiot, a con artist, a thief, and their nominal leader Fastbuck (Sammo Hung)--a prisoner released specifically for the assignment--they spend the middle third of the movie trying to press flesh with their warder, Barbara (Sibelle Hu), before hooking up with the gangsters in a gambling den. A meeting is arranged between Fastbuck and the criminals inside the Haunted House, but it's a set-up and Fastbuck finds the rest of his buddies already in a cell. They break loose and release Ricky, and with the help of Muscles, who has followed them in, round up all the criminals.
The actors may not be playing the same characters as in WINNERS AND SINNERS, but they certainly have all the same juvenile, lecherous tendencies, with Eric Tsang the only newcomer, replacing John Shum. The Japanese locale is clearly a nod to the audience that helped make the series a success, as is the HK acting debut of Japanese body-builder Michiko Nishiwaki. In a favorite technique of director Hung, she seems unthreatening at first glance, only to shed her kimono, reveal her pumped-up body, and engage Sibelle Hu in a vicious catfight.
The team of Jackie Chan, Sammo Hung, and Yuen Biao was a box-office bonanza through the mid-to-late '80s, although here they only appear together onscreen in two brief shots at the very end of the movie, Yuen's character having gone missing after the stunt- and fight-filled beginning. Chan is slightly more prominent, appearing periodically throughout the draggy middle third, and battling his way through the clever gimmickry of the Haunted House at the end, where ghosts and demons leap out from every corner, white-clad ninja attack in an indoor snowscape, and kabuki warriors drop from above in an upside-down room where furniture hangs from the ceiling. The fights are of course the meat of the film, the tired comedy mere filler, the plot tissue-thin and essentially negligible. But by staffing the bad guys with some of Hong Kong's most skilled fighters, Hung sets us up a terrific climax where, in addition to Nishiwaki versus Hu, Sammo Hung takes on skilled actor-director Lau Kar Wing, Yuen Biao tackles the ubiquitous Lam Ching Ying, and Jackie Chan once again squares off against his perennial foe, powerhouse Dick Wei. (Violence, sexual situations)
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- Released: 1985
- Rating: NR
- Review: A leering bedroom comedy-cum-action film featuring the acrobatic talents of Jackie Chan, MY LUCKY STARS follows the schizophrenic formula of Jackie's vehicle WINNERS AND SINNERS (1983), a huge hit in Japan under the title 5 LUCKY STARS. In Tokyo to arrest… (more)