An enjoyable sequel to the 1984 gag-fest Winners and Sinners. Jackie Chan and an assortment of his pals (martial artists and comedians) make like the Rat Pack in this knockabout kung fu romp filmed in Japan in 1985. Underc... more »over cop Chan, with partner Yuen Biao, has been stranded in Nippon, and Sammo Hung's gang of slapstick cutthroats, the Lucky Stars, is sprung from the pokey to get them back. The middle hour is all lame comedy, including a lewd and decidedly un-politically correct routine in a hotel room in which the boys fall all over each trying to catch a glimpse of girl in the shower. At one point the horse-faced veteran comic Richard Ng (from the Mr. Vampire films) tries to hypnotize a duck. Toward the end there's finally some effective, body-slamming action, the high point of which is Sammo's face-off with the eye-popping female body builder Michiko Nishiwaki. --David Chute« less
"Before we start, I need to set one thing straight. THIS IS NOT A JACKIE CHAN MOVIE! This is a film that features an ensmble cast of frequent hong kong players. Jackie Chan is included(and has one of the best fight scenes of his career)but is very limited. This is a fun stylish(very stylish)martial arts comedy. Starts off with an explosively funny and exciting car chase and a small fight.(ninjas in blue? Of course)This sets the plot in motion and the next hour is mostly comedy scetches that introduce the five lucky stars. The humor is very strange but very amusing.(also very juvinile,if that,but still very funny) It's interesting to see humor from other countries. A very different sense of humor than the US, but i like it. It is, however,an aquired taste(consider this your warning) The final fight scene(s) are among the most fun and original That I have ever seen, so even if you don't like the humor, the climax is alone worth it! Sammo is a fantastic director and if you like his style of directing, I highly reccomend it. I have seen all the movies featuring Jackie Chan as well. This is in the top 3 that i have seen. (the others being police story and rumble in the bronx) i also reccomend getting the dvd. the video is poorly dubbed and scenes are chopped up. the subtitles on the dvd is fantastic and the widescreen is great in a 1.85 aspect ratio."
Very Hard to Follow, but Very Enjoyable Once You Get It
J. N. K | Central Mass | 09/22/2001
(4 out of 5 stars)
"This was the first subtitled Jackie Chan (sorta) movie I ever got, and I will have to say that it was quite possibly the worst choice for the first in the world. When I read on the back that Jackie was in Japan, I thought that it was written by some idiot who thinks that Jackie Chan is Japanese; but when he called his superior in Hong Kong, and the phone had a Japanese flag, I got REALLY confused! There's also a scene in which the Lucky Stars (the five main characters) get in a sticky situation, and must be recognized by a gang as being good people by speaking with the same Cantonese accent.I sadly couldn't reach the ending the first couple of times I sat to watch it. However, after a month or so, I finally caught on, and discovered that once you get into the right state of mind (and after those two parts), it's quite easy to enjoy! Following it accurately no longer mattered to me!Why? It's because I discovered the secret: this movie is all about the characters and the situations of the present scenes! Even the complete absense of Jackie Chan through 65% of this movie no longer mattered; the Lucky Stars were all very real, and VERY likable! The sequences with them lusting over Ba Wah are all very amusing, and the fight scenes (which DOES NOT include Benny "The Jet" Urquidez) in the end are all great!My Lucky Stars is enjoyable fun from beggining to end. Once you get through the strangeness of the movie, it could dominate your next week's worth of nights by making you watch it over and over again! Have fun, and enjoy!"
Another Sammo movie with the same actors
morgoth | omaha, NE | 09/22/2006
(3 out of 5 stars)
"This movie is just like Winners and Sinners and it is actually sort of a sequel. In Winners and Sinners Yuen Biao has about 30 seconds of screen time and has a good fight in his extremely limited role. He is in this one for maybe 3 minutes and somehow seems to fight even less!
Curly gets replaced by a stupid little kid type of character but as stupid as he looks, Sammo manages to make all of the characters pretty likeable. Charlie Chin(On the Run) had a great scheme in Winners and Sinners where he would go into a jewerly store, ask to see a diamond ring, go up to a random person, act like the person is their friend, go to shake their hand but really put a fake gun in their hand, and right as he gives the person the gun it goes off and he has blood packets ready and runs off out of the store with the diamond ring acting like he really got shot. I never got enough of that gag! Well Sammo certainly can't top that but all of the characters are just as enjoyable as Winners.
So the story is not really that important. Muscles(Jackie Chan) and Yuen Biao are looking for this defective cop at the start of the movie and Biao ends up being kidnapped(Don't worry, you see him again 80 minutes later). So Jackie says he needs his fat friend(Sammo) to help him on this mission of getting his friend back and also getting back contraband diamonds. Sammo says he needs his friends to come with and he will be mroe than happy to help. Next we get a very nice looking woman to work with them and the boys get to play games with her for the next 30 minutes. Finally at the end Jackie meets back up with Sammo and we get a great final fight. THERE IS NO ACTION IN THIS MOVIE UNTIL THE FINAL FIGHT!! We get a punch or two from Jackie and Yuen Biao at the start but literally nothing else until the end! And what an end it was. Jackie vs. DIck Wei, an AWESOME chick fight, and of course with Sammo as the main star of the movie, he gets some of his best fight scenes ever.
Sammo's jokes are sort of hit and miss just like in Winners and Sinners but when they are pulled off it is guaranteed you will be laughing for a while."
The Sequal That's Worst Than The First One.
joe clarke | st. paul, minnestoa | 07/14/2000
(3 out of 5 stars)
"My Lucky Stars is a Sequal to Winners And Sinners, which wasn't so good. This one is worse than Winners And Sinners because the humor in this one is ten times more stupid, less action, and the quality is not good at all. Once again the reason I give this movie any stars at all because of Jackie Chan and his action scenes. The ending is one of the best action scenes you will find."
Good Comedy but lacking the jackie chan Spirit
joe clarke | 01/29/2000
(3 out of 5 stars)
"It starts out that Jackie is on a police mission and requires the help of his orphanage brothers, so the Hong Kong police commisioner blackmails the five brothers in to helping jackie since almost all were in the life of crime. The story unravles mostly in Japan. although a good flick its only worth it if youre a diehard Jackie Chan fan like myself,"