Mr. ‘Heroic Bloodshed’ doing comedy?! Yeah, this was Woo’s bread and butter in the early days before he really hit his straps with A Better Tomorrow. This may not feel particularly Wooian (yes I made it up, but it may catch on) but it’s not a bad little film. For about the first two thirds it’s quite a nice (but pretty pointless) comedy about two guys trying to get rich; it hints at a deeper meaning (a satire on status and greed) but never really goes anywhere with it. When Ying mistakenly hires an assassin to kill him the emphasis shifts; and we are left with some fairly ordinary slapstick-tinged action (featuring a very odd and slightly nasty mental hospital finale that has some allusions to the later Bullet in the Head)
No-one will be blown away by this, but at least it does prove that there are some hidden goodies in the Woo canon.