Once A Thief (HK 1991)

Rating: ***
Director: John Woo
Cast: Chow Yun Fat, Leslie Cheung, Cherie Cheung

John Woo delivers a fun, lighthearted, and goofy caper film, featuring Chow Yun Fat, Leslie Cheung, and Cherie Cheung as a band of art thieves. All of the characters have an exagerrated comic book feel to them, making their comic book actions even more enjoyable. The normally stiff Chow Yun Fat actually bounds around and fights, doing some hilarious kung fu parody work. There are also the trademark John Woo gunfight (though bloodless) and car chase scenes which contribute to the camp factor of the film. Not at all what I was expecting, but enjoyable nonetheless.