97 Aces Go Places (1997)

Plot (Universe): Man Ling (Christy Chung) conned two million dollars from Big Brother Lui (Francis Ng) in a dirty deal. Lui then ordered to have Ling killed. Ling escaped from the fight.

Meanwhile, Philag (Alan Tam) was a kind and righteous student studying law in the States. He was expected to help his father to do illegal business. His father was killed during a transaction which also involved Ling. Philag needed to go back to Hong Kong to tend to his father’s business and root out the murderer.

Review: The first thing you notice about this movie is that it has sweet f*ck all to do with the Aces Go Places series. There is no Karl Maka, no Sam Hui and no Sylvia Chiang. The only thing that appearances in this movie is the “Aces” theme tune.

Tony Leung Chiu-Wai appears in the film as the Drunken Shooter, a highly skilled shooter who is always wasted. Tony plays the character very well, he’s great! The film would have suffered a lot more without his appearance. Tony’s amazing shooting skills only seem to appear when he’s stone drunk. It’s almost like a modern day version of the Drunken Master, instead of Kung Fu it’s Gun Fu!

Recently I found myself becoming a Francis Ng fan, but his work in this movie is just horrible, I hate his character. The same goes for both Simon Liu and Moses Chan, they are quite annoying. I had my fingers crossed that those two would be killed off early on, but no luck. Heck even the two musicians that accompany Ng everywhere get annoying.

The action the in movie is quite good the fight outside the hotel with Christy Cheung as surprisingly better than I thought, Chin Kar-Lok and his crew have done quite well. The little spar between Billy Chow and Christy Cheung is really good too, both move well. Cheung even takes a pretty nasty stunt, a 360 spin throw a sheet of glass, placed on a couple spare tires.

Guest appearances; A long haired Chin Siu-Ho makes a quick cameo. Fung Lee, Peter Chan and Mang Hoi all make an appearance together at the start of the movie as the late father’s triad buddy’s. Vincent Kok and Dion Lam make appear as a bunch of henchmen after Christy Cheung. Chin Kar-Lok makes an appearance stunned by the fact that Francis Ng is taking a dump in the middle of the road, yes you heard me. Colin Chow and Timmy hung make appearances towards the end as members of the SWAT team. The lean, mean kicking machine Billy Chow appears from out of no-where towards the end and with only one objective – to kick some ass, mainly Tony Leung’s.

Final thoughts, fun film, but you’ll be disappointed if you think it’s a Aces movie. Enjoy!

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