TRICKY MASTER
Can : Chin Wong ji Wong 2000
Lit : Cheating King of Kings 2000
Producer/Director/Screenplay: Wong Jing
"Acting" Director: Bosco Lam Hing Lung
Starring: Stephen Chiau Sing Chi, Sandra Ng Kwan Yu, Nick Cheung Ka Fai,
Suki Kwan Sau Mei, Kelly Lin (Lam Hei Lui), and Wong Jing

Rating : IIB

Screening Thursday 8/14/99 at the Music Palace in NYC.

I really enjoyed the movie. Of all the summer movies I saw, this was one of the best. It was quite clever in the use of some digital special effects, like the "mantis" shadow on the wall behind bad guy Dragon Ferrari, played by Wong Jing. Quite the 'actor', Jing steals the show as the 'bad guy'.

I had quite a few belly laughs with Sandra Ng! She should do more movies. The comedic business with Chiau Sing Chi and his bodyguards' arms was very funny, although he did seem to be sleepwalking through most of his scenes. Lot's of kung fu comedy and tributes to Bruce Lee, of course, are sprinkled throughout the movie. It is a major spoof of several HK film series; God of Gamblers, Conman, Wong Fei Hung, Young & Dangerous, etc. Nick Cheung is much funnier here than Chiau.

The Producer King and Kelly LinStephen Chiau Sing Chi worked 12 hours a day on Wong Jing's TRICKY MASTER, got paid 1.1 million and has 8 scenes. Wong Jing used several directors to help finish the movie quickly, including Aman Chang [Raped by an Angel 3], Bosco Lam [Underground Banker], and Andrew Lau [The Storm Riders]. However, Andrew Lau Wai Keung could not take it and left after working one day with Chiau. In the end, Wong Jing had to wrap it up. In the HK press Wong said, "Besides me, who else can stand him! A lot of people are hard to take. Sing Jai has his own style. Those who can accept it call it style, those who can't call it hard to take. I can accept anyone."

Another GOOD Wong Jing movie!

copyright 1999 J. Crawford

Photo of Wong Jing and co-star Kelly Lin is altered from an original photograph of the Tricky Master premiere in Hong Kong, part of a series covering the event.
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