Rosa (HK 1985)

Rating: **
Review Date: 12/17/00
Cast: Yuen Biao, Wei Ying Hung, Stuart Ong, Dick Wei

A tiresome, but marginally entertaining cop-buddy action comedy that's redeemed by its frenzied kung fu action sequences. Two irresponible cops, Little Monster (Yuen Biao) and Lei (one of Samo's friends from "Pedicab Driver" (1989) ), are paired together to solve a case involving an incriminating roll of film. A well endowed model named Rosa is the key to finding the prime witness, but most of the film revolves around Lei's bumbled attempts to court her (while Little Monster is putting the moves on Lei's sister, played by adorable Wei Ying Hung). The comedy is dry and dreadful, but Yuen Biao's charm and his comedic chemistry with Lei make it barely palatable. Considering how awful Hong Kong comedies are to begin with, this film could have been much worse. Things finally heat up at the end when Rosa and Wei are kidnapped, and Lei and Little Monster have to rescue them - in a warehouse, of course. A furious battle goes down, perfectly showcasing Yuen Biao's style, agility, and grace, and his fight with perennial bad guy Dick Wei is quite rewarding (although it gets rather silly towards the end). Wei Ying Hung also performs some incredible stunts and fighting, most notably against the actor I like to call "crazy moustache guy" (a familiar face from "Yes, Madam" (1985) and "Twinkle, Twinkle Lucky Stars" (1985) ). Made during the highlight of his career, it's definitely worth checking out if you're a Yuen Biao fan.