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Starring: Francis Ng, Anthony Wong, Teresa Mao, Lam Chi Chung, Lin Yuan, Cheung King-hin, Ronald Cheng, Chin Kar Lok, Lam Suet
Director: Francis Ng, Marco Mak
Rating: PG
Year Made: 2007




Subtitles: Chinese & English
Running Time: 1 hr 35 mins
Format: VCD
Distributor: Innoform Media




Ah Kai is a witty yet lazy man. One day the company in which he works in declares plans to lay-off people. Out of desperation, they learn lion dancing. After one street performance, they become instant celebrities.

A successful performance in a heavily reported event propelled the art of lion dancing into the limelight. Soon the art starts to deform and lion dancers are getting out of control. A restriction by the government pushes Ah Kai and his family into desperation again. Can Ah Kai reinstate the glory of the art and his family's reputation?


To expect anything similar to Tsui Hark’s Once Upon a Time in China III (1993) from this movie would be inappropriate. Although both movies are about dancing lions (a traditional Chinese practice that is most often seen during Chinese New Year and other celebratory festivities like the opening of new shops), the scale of things are extremely different for these two pictures.

Come on, you won’t be expecting to see spectacular displays featuring thousands of dancing lions in a movie that didn’t even make it to the big screens here, would you?

In this 95-minute movie co-directed by actor Francis Ng (Exiled, One Last Dance) and Marco Mak (House of Mahjong, Operation Undercover), we see how this traditional practice is given a modern twist when a competition is held and in turn inspiring innovative (and sometimes ridiculous) spin-offs like “Dancing Lion for Kids” and “Weight-Losing Dancing Lion” courses and trends.

The premise does sound interesting, and made us chuckle quite a bit with its outrageous and silly scenes of aunties and uncles signing up for the inventive classes designed by the characters in the movie. But the amusement only lasted for a while, before it became repetitive.

There is a fine cast here, ranging from the versatile Ng who plays a slacker (to be frank, his hip hop image in this movie did irk us quite a bit), the effortless Anthony Wong (Initial D, Exiled) who plays a master of lion dancing and the ever-hilarious Teresa Mo (2 Young, Men Suddenly In Black 2) who plays a comical mother. Elsewhere, expect to see other familiar Hing Kong faces like Lam Suet (Eye In The Sky, Exiled), Lam Chi Chung (Kung Fu Hustle, The Iron Lady Iron Chef) and Ronald Cheng (Golden Chicken 2, Himalaya Singh).

Everyone appears to be having fun in this small scale production, and that is enough to have you keeping your eyes glued to the screen till the end of the movie, where the actors wittily discuss at the dinner table why movies obligatory include NG takes during their rolling credits.


Review by John Li


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This review is made possible with the kind support from InnoForm


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