Directed by Sammo Hung
Produced by Raymond Chow,Leonard Ho and Eric Tsang
Written by Barry Huigh,Barry Wong,Lo Kin and Szeto Chuek-hon
Cast: Sammo Hung, Richard Ng, Stanley Fung, Michael Miu, Eric Tsang, Charlie Chin, Yuen Biao, Jackie Chan, Sibelle Hu, Walter Tso Tat-Wah, John Shum, Chung Fat, Richard Norton and Rosamund Kwan
After a police informant is killed, a group of rascals are ordered to defend an aspiring actress to whom the police informant mailed an incriminating letter. A plan that soon embroils 3 deadly assassins and heroic cops that culminates in a fierce showdown.
The third( or second) entry in the Lucky Stars series doesn’t even attempt to shake things up. Twinkle, Twinkle Lucky Stars is largely a retread of its predecessor. It shares the negatives and positives of its predecessor as well. Twinkle, Twinkle Lucky Stars does cut to the chase much faster since the gang is already together but much like before the central plot is secondary to the whims of the skits. Speaking of the skits, the sheer vulgarity of the skits might shock and offend some if you value political correctness in your movie selection. Considering most of the gags revolve around groping young women. The age of some of the men only adds to the revoltingness. Nonetheless, sleazy humor does have its place. Twinkle, Twinkle Lucky Stars’ excessive sleazy humor grants its status as a purely low brow comedy. So, flippant attitude towards matters of intimacy and violence arises probably more out of its nonchalant irreverence than any malicious intent. If the style of humor from Winner and Sinners, or My Lucky Stars was appealing to you, then you’re bound to laugh, or else, the fast forward button does exist for a reason. It was irritating for me on more than one occasion.
Jackie Chan and Yuen Biao do make appearances to fill in for a demand of action highlights. Although their roles are less integrated with the main plot so making their appearances straight up glorified cameos. The quality of the action is no less exciting and poorer. Andy Lau’s minor role in one short action scene will be a welcomed surprise for fans of him. Michelle Yeoh has a cameo as well. Chung Fat, Yasuaki Kurata and Richard Norton are all worthy adversaries for Jackie Chan, Sammo Hung, and Yuen Biao. Their fights are so entertaining that you are kind of left wishing that Twinkle, Twinkle Lucky Stars was a collaborative effort in the vein of Project A, or Dragons Forever. There is no sense of delineation as the high caliber action and the sleazy humor are criss-crossed but much less organically this time since much of the ”Lucky Stars” don’t partake in the fights.
A slightly less effective sequel that is a retread of its predecessor. It has best and worst excesses of its immediate predecessor. Twinkle, Twinkle Lucky Stars’ doses of fun are going depend on how the sleazy fun fares on you. Also, it has strong bouts of action that exist as a possible redeeming factor.