Saturday, May 2, 2020
Nate Hood's Quarantine Qapsule # 27 My Lucky Stars  ★★
All this happens in the last thirty minutes of Sammo Hung’s My Lucky Stars, the loose sequel to his 1983 action comedy Winners and Sinners. These were the first two films in the Lucky Stars franchise which saw Hung lead an all-star ensemble cast of famous Hong Kong actors. And this emphasis on the ensemble is exactly why My Lucky Stars doesn’t work despite its glorious climax. The majority of the film is comprised of bawdy comedic set pieces. (Chan only has about twenty minutes of screen time!) Some of the sequences work—the best being one where the Stars try and order food via pantomime from a Japanese waiter who doesn’t speak Chinese, resulting in a genuinely clever dick joke. But most of the bawdiness comes from the Stars sexually harassing and assaulting Hu. (In one scene, Hung literally has to stop the other Stars from storming into Hu’s room and raping her. This horrific moment is made all the worse in light of the numerous rape allegations made against Eric Tsang, one of the Stars.)
It’s 15% amazing action, 85% nauseating sex comedy.