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Plot: Stylish caper thriller stars Chow Yun-Fat, Leslie Cheung and Cheri Chung as a trio of international art thieves. Shot primarily throughout Europe, this Woo film is a romantic and exciting change of pace for Woo. Runtime: 103 mins Release Date: 13 Jan 1991
This is a lighthearted and funny movie that everyone will enjoy. Yes, some people get shot and a few vehicles explode. After all, it's John Woo. But it's very different from the usual heavy, brooding loyalty/betrayal theme of his other movies, and the love triangle is really ... cute. That's right, cute. This is as cute as John Woo will ever get.Chow Yun-Fat is as bad-ass as ever, and you get to see him flirt and be very funny. Leslie shows off his ubiquitous tango skills. And at least 3 very good action scenes. All in all, this is one John Woo movie that's also a date movie. <more>
This movie was entertaining to watch as it had a well written script that had a great mixture of action along with some comedic and dramatic scenes. The actors all did an excellent job in their roles and the cinematography along with the special effects were outstanding plus the fight scenes were superbly choreographed.
Super casting that cannot be surpassed (by madbird-61243)
With a reasonable plot, a movie with Chow, Chung and Leslie of course create a big hit. Love it. My cup of tea.
Frothy fun. (by leighm)
A light froth of art theft, Hong Kong-style action and campy comedy from John Woo. A trio of street urchins are raised by a Fagin-like character to lives of crime, something at which they excel. There's something here for everyone, plenty of laughs, suspense and action. There are also a few sly spoofs of previous HK films, including one tip of the hat to Chow Yun-Fat's own "God of Gamblers".Chow Yun-Fat, Leslie Cheung and Cherie Chung's characters are attractive, bright and have an interesting three-way romance going. From the highly campy and very funny ending, <more>
you're never quite sure if all those kids have the same father.Of special note is Chow Yun-Fat's ability to make a character in a wheelchair believable as a total kick-ass thief and ballroom dancer. > This is no heavy Woo-drenched classic but it's a fun watch and definitely worth the price of admission.
It is quite impressive after I found out movie was made 11 years ago. Many scenes have been copied in many other movies and even an American remake. Most Hollywood action actors cannot act in slow scene, but not Chow. As in many Hong Kong movies, you cannot just classify them as pure action or pure comedy or pure love story. The other support can act too. American audience will lose most of the jokes in Cantonese. However, you will enjoy the movie from the beginning to the end even you have to read the sub title that is not quite correct in many cases.
Light, frothy caper flick (by dave13-1)
Chow Yun Fat, Leslie Cheung and Cherie Chung make an attractive trio of art thieves who are double-crossed by gangsters after pulling off a job. Naturally they plot revenge. The story emphasis here is on elaborate and suspenseful heists being played out, and on charming banter amongst the main trio of characters, with the violent gun action largely reserved for the finale. The tone is lighter than most of Woo's film of this period, and the characters are more enjoyable. The glossy look reminds the viewer of the elaborate heist movies in vogue in the middle 60s, such as The Pink Panther or <more>
Topkapi and this one is similarly enjoyable time-passer.
Great action film packed with romance (by Deleauvive)
Sorry, guys for the trivial summary ! This is my first review on IMDb, plus I am a Frenchman.It was only when I understood the purpose of this movie, that I was ready to rate it. During the movie, I enjoyed the quality of the picture colors and lights are great, the music is good too ... The gunfights were OK to me It's not a typical John Woo bullet-filled movie, and that's a plus to me , the accent of the french businessman funny, and the stupid jokes of the 2 thieves were "cool", the way they defeat their enemies surprising...So I was saying to myself : this was <more>
an-above-the-average Kung-Fu and mafia movie when suddenly... I got it ! This movie is full of... love ! John Woo shows his love of Paris, his respect for friendship, the way he would like handicapped people to be treated, and many other things... So, in my opinion, this movie beats every Jackie Chan movie, because it is filled with humanity and humility.I am glad I watched this gem and I recommend it to you.My only complaint is that it's a tiny bit too long.
I tend to associate the films of John Woo with non stop well choreographed violent action but this one is different. Yes, there is plenty of action, some of which is fairly violent but the over all tone feels much lighter as there are also plenty of gags, some of which had me laughing out loud.The film starts in France where we see a trio of thieves stealing a valuable painting from a moving lorry as it is transferred from a museum. When they give the painting to their French employer he asks them to steal another painting, the two men in the group say they are happy to take on the job but <more>
the woman, who is acting as translator tells their employer they have declined the offer.The two men proceed to steal the painting and escape in a thrilling car chase which ends in the apparent death of "Red Bean Pudding" Chow Yun Fat . James Leslie Cheung and "Red Bean" Cherie Chung return to Hong Kong and after a while they are surprised to discover that their friend is still alive, it turns out he survived the crash but is now in a wheel chair. They also learn that the painting they stole in France is now the prized possession of their Fagin-like adoptive father. They are determined to steal it back off him which leads to several memorable scenes including attempting to steal a set of keys at a dance where Chow Yun Fat demonstrates that he is quite a dancer... in a wheel chair. The final shoot out is both exciting and hilarious.If you are a fan of John Woo's work I'd recommend this, it is also a great film to introduce his work to people one thinks might not be so keen on his purely action flicks. It probably isn't suitable for children though as there is quite a lot of shooting and some swearing.These comments are based on watching the film in Cantonese with English subtitles, an English dubbed version is also available.