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Hero of the Beggars (1992)

Gai shi ying xiong (original title)
A Chinese General and his four troops, almost void in money, journey to the City of Guangzhou in attempts to earn enough cash from selling turtles to build the largest horse racetrack in ... See full summary »

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Anthony Chan

Writers:

Man Fai Ng, Tung Yi
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Michael Hui ... General Lin
Sandra Kwan Yue Ng ... Yue
Alfred Cheung ... Ong
Simon Lui ... Lui
Bei-Dak Lai ... Ping
Michael Wai-Man Chan ... Gang Leader (as Wai-Man Chan)
Siu-Kei Lee ... Mr. Yee
Kong Lau ... HK Police Commissioner
Anthony Chan ... Club Manager
Wing-Cho Yip ... Man Midgit
King-Tan Yuen ... Woman Midgit
Billy Sau Yat Ching ... Pimp
Shu-Kei Chow Shu-Kei Chow ... PRC Police Captain
Kwok-Kit Lam ... Mahjong Den Customer (as Kwok Kit Lam)
Kei-Hei Leung Kei-Hei Leung ... Turtle Buyer
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A Chinese General and his four troops, almost void in money, journey to the City of Guangzhou in attempts to earn enough cash from selling turtles to build the largest horse racetrack in China. However, when one of the troopers joins a gang leader to gain sudden wealth, the general and the remaining troops attempt to compete for their own wealth by entering Hong Kong to work for a businessman who pays under the table. While in Hong Kong illegally, the soldiers must find a way to bring themselves out of the shadows and find enough money to fulfill their dreams of building the racetrack. Written by Oliver Chu

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Country:

Hong Kong

Language:

Cantonese

Release Date:

27 August 1992 (Hong Kong) See more »

Also Known As:

Hero of the Beggars See more »

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Mobile Film Production See more »
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Heroes of comedy and action!
31 March 2016 | by OllieSuave-007See all my reviews

This is one of Michael Hui's comedies, full of slapstick humor, action and a bit of drama. Here, Hui plays Chinese General Lin, who and his four troops journey to Guangzhou in attempts to earn cash through selling turtles in order to build the largest horse racetrack back home. However, when one of the troopers joins a triad for money, Lin and the remaining troops attempt to compete for their own wealth in Hong Kong.

There are some creative comedy sequences, from Lin getting his finger caught in an electric pencil sharpener to the gang beating up, comically, on a corrupt businessman. But, you still get a taste of drama, as the plot shows the seriousness of the Mainlanders' struggles in Hong Kong to find wealth, after sacrificing friendship and earnings in Guangzhou to move to the big city. Even the gang's pitifully sorrow version of a song they sang illustrates the suffering they encounter.

This movie provides Hong Kong's unique brand of comedy, including Michael Hui's witty dialog and Sandra Ng's slapstick humor. You also get plenty of laughs from Simon Lui and Bei-Dak Lai - they help keep this film going and going, eventually leading up to the grand, action-packed finale. Even the music score is worth a mention, as Romantic Composer Franz Schubert's March Militaire is played in the movie - catchy, excellent and toe-tapping music! It's one of my favorite classical musical pieces.

It's fun stuff here - great entertainment for fans of Hong Kong cinema!

Grade A


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