Thursday, December 31, 2009

No Problem 2

When a wealthy business man dies, he leaves his fortune, as well as his company to his daughter Yumiko (Wakana Sakai). This angers his brother Kazuo who expected the fortune to be left to him. So out of anger he hires a hitman to kill her.

Meanwhile, after being fired for daydreaming about being a Hong Kong movie star Kensuke (Takashi Okamura) heads to Hong Kong. When he arrives complications due to an old and confused hotel owner causes him to get mixed up as the killer hired to take out Yumiko. Not fully aware of what happening, he goes along with it. But when he sees her he immediately falls in love and saves her life instead of killing her. But his heroics are short lived when one of Lazuo's henchmen (played fantastically by Collin Chou) kidnaps her and hypnotizes her into giving him her company.

With the aid of a Kung Fu master (Yuen Biao) and his buck-toothed sister (Candy Lo), as well as a bumbling police officer (Sam Lee) the group seeks out to find and rescue the imprisoned Yumiko.

No Problem 2 feels like a combination between Scary Movie, and Kung Fu Hustle. A lot of the movie is made up of parodies of many classic Hong Kong action and martial arts films. And its a real treat.

No Problem 2 is a very fun film to say the least, especially for the hard core fans of Hong Kong films. It is similar to the fashion of the Scary Movies series(and what they did with classic horror films). Except with Scary Movie you had a messy jumble of random film references placed together into an hour and a half of pure stupidity. No problem does not do this, they managed to take famous moments from classic films and not only spoof them, but actually fit them nicely into the context of the plot. And its humor is very reminiscent of a Stephen Chow film. The movie opens up in a church exactly like The Killer and we break into a hilarious gunfight which shows our wanna-be-hero randomly sliding across tables killing hords of baddies with only a few rounds fired. And later when our damsel in distress is kidnaped and dragged onto a bus. Our hero once again busts into action, but first her grabs an umbrella. . .you can see where I am going with this. Throughout the film we also see references to many other films, Drunken master, The Karate Kid, Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon, The Matrix, and even Who Wants to be a Millionaire!

Another treat was the appearance of Yuen Biao as the wise Kung Fu Master. He is at his comedic best for sure, and he also has a few wonderful fights as well. The rest of the cast was very well put together. Sam Lee pulls of the idiot cop role quite nicely. And Collin Chou shines as the villain in the film. But I must say that the lead actor Takashi Okamura carried the film wonderfully. The role he played is very much like Stephen Chow in Kung Fu hustle. We alo get treated to another great Eric Tsang cameo! Hurray!


A Film By: Chin Kar lok

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