Mad Mission (1982)

Genres - Comedy  |   Sub-Genres - Adventure Comedy  |   Run Time - 95 min.  |   Countries - Hong Kong   |   MPAA Rating - NR
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Review by Donald Guarisco

This endearingly bizarre action comedy from Hong Kong plays like a hybrid of Smokey and the Bandit and The Naked Gun, with a sprinkling of the gadgets from the James Bond movies. It is silly beyond words, but that's also a key part of its charm. Raymond Wong's screenplay occasionally flags in its pacing and starts to run out of steam near the end, but its eccentricities and inventiveness make up for these flaws. Director Eric Tsang treats this tale like a big comic book, piling on the stunts and slapstick with broad splashes of primary colors. Best of all, Aces Go Places has a trio of likable stars who handle the comedy and action with equal brio: Sam Hui is a suitably charming anti-hero, Karl Maka rejoices in every opportunity to send up tough-cop clich├ęs, and Sylvia Chang seems to be channeling the screwball comedy heroines of yesteryear as the tough-yet-tender femme cop in the middle. In short, Aces Go Places is definitely for specialized tastes, but those who can tune into its wacked-out wavelength with find plenty to enjoy.