Kung Hei Fat Choy (1985)

Genres - Drama, Fantasy  |   Run Time - 92 min.  |   Countries - Hong Kong   |   MPAA Rating - NR
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The title of this film roughly translates as "May you have happiness and prosperity," a classic new year's wish shared by everyone in Chinese-speaking cultures. Playing upon the "prosperity" in this wish, director Dean Shek has the God of Prosperity come down to Earth just before New Year's Day to bring good fortune to many -- but then he is suddenly threatened with extinction by some ingrates, and trouble brews. The god did not particularly choose to come down to earth, he accidentally arrived on a meteor. After his landing, he hides out in a private residence where the two children of the family become his friends and keep his presence a secret (a borrowing from Steven Spielberg's ET?). Since the god of prosperity is by nature exceedingly ethical, he transforms the son and bodyguard of a big mob boss into decent men who give up their former way of life. Not stopping at that, he then starts to put obstacles into the path of the big boss himself, ruining his chances to run for public office. This sets off a final, New Year's Eve confrontation between the God of Prosperity and space-center guards on the one hand, and the forces of the mob on the other -- neat timing, and a fun fantasy overall.



earth, fortune [wealth], God, good-vs-evil, martial-arts, mortality