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From Rags to Riches (1980)

Plot (Deltamac): Ricky (Ricky Hui) and Fatso (Johnny Koo) are friends in need. They are in dire need of money since they are only paid slave wages at the bottling factory.

However, they become millionaires overnight after buying a winning lottery ticket. During one of their swingin’ nights on the town, Ricky is suddenly attacked by an upset stomach; and in no time, a quack doctor diagnoses the seizure as terminal cancer.

Ricky seriously considers suicide. But he is appalled by the drawbacks inherent in the available methods of doing himself in–primarily the pain! It is on a rooftop from which he is supposed to make a plunge that he saves a poor man from suicide by giving the latter all the money he has.

In gratitude, the newly rich man promises to hire a killer to finish off his suffering benefactor…

Review: An early comedy venture from John Woo. Remember, the guy who went on to make such amazing movies as A Better Tomorrow, The Killer and Hard Boiled. But this movie doesn’t hit the mark, actually it really crashes and burns.

This is a good story, I liked it, but John Woo really lost the plot on the later half of the movie. When the duo enter the mental hospital and they find themselves fighting off assassins, crazy mental patients with fake heads or the figuring out that eating bullets could actually set them off.

The comedy in the movie is a tad dated, the cheesy 70’s music continues to annoy me throughout the movie.

The major plus to the movie was the appearances of my favorite actor – Mr. Vampire aka Lam Ching-Ying. He play’s one of the three assassins who uses his Kung Fu to finish off Ricky rather than the other two who use poison and a hand gun.

Final thoughts, this a movie to aviod if your in the mood for a decent comedy I’m sure you could do alot better with a Stephen Chow flick. The only audience I think would appricate this is those Ricky Hui fans.

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