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Twinkle Twinkle, Lucky Stars
cast: Jackie Chan, Sammo Hung, Yuen Biao, Richard Norton, and Sibelle Hu

director: Sammo Hung

95 minutes (15) 1985 widescreen ratio 16:9
Hong Kong Legends DVD Region 2 retail

RATING: 7/10
reviewed by Jeff Young
A sequel to My Lucky Stars (actually it's the third in a loose series) this martial arts comedy thriller offers broad humour and high-speed action as Jackie Chan teams up with Sammo Hung, Yuen Biao, and other old friends from his childhood orphanage, to defeat ruthless Thai gangsters. The combat scenes are up to the usual high standard as Richard Norton leads a trio of assassins out to silence a police informer, while Hung's none-too-smart cronies lust after a pretty female witness they are ordered to protect. If you like Chan's unique brand of action, you will no doubt buy this anyway, but you should be warned: the fighting sequences are, unfortunately, rather few and far between.
   Still, there are compensations. The rotund but remarkably agile Sammo Hung tackles a troupe of transvestite assassins, one of the bumbling supporting players tries (unsuccessfully) using Thai black magic to seduce girls, and you also get future star Michelle Yeoh's first ever action role - a notable cameo as a judo instructor, to say nothing of sexist (happily, endearing not offensive) shenanigans as five horny buffoons spend a night in a house with the cute Rosamund Kwan. In spite of some annoying product placements, Twinkle Twinkle, Lucky Stars offers an impressive mix of gunplay and kung fu, and I'm pleased to see that the BBFC have now realised this film's violence is mostly tongue-in-cheek (there's even a Three Stooges homage!) and have sensibly reduced its certificate from an 18 (of MIA's 2000 video release) to the more fitting 15 (though, personally, I think any 12-year-old could see it without suffering damage).
   The package of DVD extras include: Gentleman Warrior - an interview with Australian actor Richard Norton, A Life Of Laughter - interview with Richard Ng, outtakes reel, expert commentary by Bey Logan, two trailers, and a option of English subtitled (with original Cantonese language) or English dubbed versions.
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