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Genre: Comedy
Starring: Jacky Cheung, Eric Tsang, Charmaine Sheh, Anita Yuen, Bosco Wong, Linda Chung, Stephy Tang, Lam Ka Tung, Kevin Cheng, Andy Hui, Kelly Cheng
Director: Eric Tsang and Patrick Kong
Rating: PG
Year Made: 2010



- Behind The Scenes
- Music Video
- Cast Interview




Languages: Mandarin/Cantonese
Subtitles: English/Chinese/Malay
Aspect Ratio: 16x9
Sound: Dolby Digital
Running Time: 1 hr 39 mins
Region Code: 3
Distributor: Scorpio East
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In 1970s Hong Kong, landlords try to evict 72 tenants but sworn brothers Ha Kung and Shek Kin help the group of 72 defeat the landlord and landlady and coincidentally rescue Pinky from a forced marriage. When both sworn brothers fall for Pinky and propose to her, she chose Ha. The sworn brothers become sworn enemies nd Shek's hatred fuels intense rivalry against Ha in business in Sai Yeung Choi Street, Mongkok. Amidst this strife and struggle the street is hit by acid-attacks and in high spirits the 72 tenants unite and pledge to safeguard their home. Against a background of fear and turmoil, with the old love triangle between Ha and Pinky and Shek still festering, the next generation of the Ha and Shek families embarks on their own heroic love affairs.


First and foremost, Thank Goodness that Scorpio East had decided to release the dvd print of 72 Tenants of Prosperity with dual language. This Hong Kong made He Sui Pian (Asian movie made specially for the Chinese New Year period) was mainly filled with the unique humour that exist in the witty Cantonese dialogues and any dubbing would dilute the oomph in watching this movie.

72 Tenants of Prosperity pays homage to the classic 1973 "The House of 72 Tenants" and weave a story from it. Suffering under the tyrannical landlords who are trying to evict their tenants and force their step daughter to a marriage, sworn brothers Shek Kin and Ha Kung helped the tenants to defeat the landlords and rescue Pinky. However their friendship started to strain when both Shek Kin and Ha Kung proposed to Pinky. They eventually became feuding families selling handphones at opposite sides of Sai Yeung Choi Street, Mongkok.

Boosting of Who'who in the Hong Kong television business and entertainment field, 72 Tenants of Prosperity was almost an endless parade of Hong Kong celebrities appearing to lend their star power to usher in the Lunar New Year. In the tradition of He Sui Pian, popular recent Hong Kong movies and current events were parodied in skillful manner. There's a simple straightforward story about hardworking Hong Kong citizen struggling for survival while being bullied by ruthless landlords and mall developers. Intermixing it with Romeo and Juliet feuding families angle, this story is largely about Hong Kong and the citizens that made Hong Kong so unique.

That's why it's so important to watch this movie in it's original soundtrack. There's a certain flair in the witty Cantonese dialogues that just don't translate that well into other language. Just one example of the superiority of having Cantonese dialogue instead of Mandarin dialogue in this movie. In a short scene after the ugly school girls finished with their pitch of waterproof handphones, Jacky Cheung told his son to 'throw (stuff)' at them in Cantonese. But in Mandarin, it's been dubbed as Jacky Cheung telling his son to 'Go (ahead)' and the attitude just felt vastly different altogether.

Fret not if you do not understand Cantonese because there are still quite a number of memorable gags in this movie that worked well in Mandarin too. Such as the over age school girls selling waterproof handphones and Linda Chung's character suffering a terrible ordeal in a lift with Wong Cho Lam's character. Jacky Chung and Anita Yuen glamoring up in a noodle shop was another unexpected gem in this movie that's funny even after repeated viewing.

The Chinese New Year period might have been over for quite some time but the comedic elements in this movie (coupled with the fact that it's presented in it's original language) make this movie worthwhile to pick up and give it a spin in the dvd player. It's one of the better He Sui Pian in years and personally, it's as memorable as the first installment of All's Well, Ends Well. Come next Chinese New Year, I will be using this movie to entertain folks who are coming over to Bai Nian (pay a Chinese New Year Greeting).


Behind the Scenes
- This segment is literally what the title indicate; we get to see what's happening behind the scenes of this movie and nothing more. It basically filmed bits of the show at a different angle from the main camera. This B roll of what happen on set showed some NG (No Good) scenes and scenes that were cut away from the finished product.

Music Video (Cantonese Version & Mandarin Version) - It has been a trend for artists both local and overseas to record Chinese New Year songs to help usher in the New Year and to constantly bombard us with Chinese New Year songs (on TV & Radio) until it become sickening. Not surprisingly, this He Sui Pian also had their artists singing a Chinese New Year song which was surprisingly enjoyable and catchy (for the couple time that I heard it, reaction might change if I hear it for the 1001 times).

Knowing that there's a market beyond the Hong Kong citizen, they also provide a Chinese music video for the non-Cantonese speaking crowd. The Cantonese version felt more like a polish music video that intermix with scenes from the movie while the Mandarin version looked a little less polish and intermix it with footage of artists recording this song.

Cast Interview (Cantonese Version & Mandarin Version) - Likewise this segment also comes in dual language option. Instead of simply dubbing them over, some of the artists actually redo their Chinese New Year greetings and explanation of their respective character in Mandarin. Strangely the Cantonese greetings are mostly made out to the Malaysian audience and not their local viewers.


72 Tenants of Prosperity features the old and new Sai Yeung Choi Street, Mongkok (Hong Kong) and the different 'era' are differentiate by the rich production set. This dvd was able to create a believable visual of those two era. There were also scenes of Jacky Cheung breaking out in a song and the rest of the cast performing Chinese New Year song. Once again the dvd was able to adequately bring out 'richness' of those songs on a normal tv set and computer speaker.



Review by Richard Lim Jr

Posted on 05 May 2010


. 72 Tenants Of Prospeity (Movie Review)

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This review is made possible with the kind support from Scorpio East


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