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Scenografia Set Design
Choo Sung Pong
Costumi Costume Designer
Chan Fan Young
Interpreti Main Cast
JCE Movies Limited
Huayi Brothers Investment
Distribuzione internazionale World Sales
Emperor Motion Pictures
Distribuzione italiana Italian Distribution
Minerva Pictures Group
Homg Kong Hong Kong
35 mm, Colore Colour
For ne’er-do-well compulsive gambler Thongs, there’s only one thing more fearsome than debtors at his doorstep – having to coax a crying baby. But what if the baby becomes his golden goose to fend off his debtors? Brought up in an impoverished family, and kicked out of school in his teens, Thongs found himself on the wrong side of the tracks despite being nimble-footed and neat-fingered. Spurned by his family and hounded by debtors, he is goaded by his greedy landlord to collaborate in harebrained heists. Together with the agile and opportunistic Octopus, the trio kidnaps the baby grandson of a tycoon. However, due to some unexpected glitches, they fail to hand him over to the triad as planned.
With the assistance of an angelic nurse Melody, the landlord’s baby-crazy wife and Octopus’ teenage fan Yan, the macho men discover the joys of Rob-B-Hood. When they realize that the triad is after both the ransom and the baby’s life, they decide to make their hostage their protege.
Commento del regista Director’s notes
After New Police Story, Jackie and I spent several months kicking around new ideas for our next project. Even though making another action film was our priority, Jackie made a special request – he didn’t want to play another cop. He didn’t want to repeat himself, he wanted a twist. Driven by this new challenge, we worked very hard to come up with something different but drew a blank until late one night in the workshop, Jackie, script writer Alan Yuen and I came up with something rather daring – Jackie Chan the hero will become Jackie Chan the thief. This character is not just any ordinary thief, but a 3-in-1 thug, liar and compulsive gambler. A thief who’s willing to steal anything for money, except for this particular assignment, he’s not stealing rare gems or anything valuable but a Baby!
We designed the “Thieving Musketeers” and gave Jackie two partners in crime – Michael Hui and Louis Koo. With three renowned comic actors on board, we were quite confident that the chemistry between this trio would send sparks bursting through the screen. The next step was casting the Baby. After over 100 auditions, we finally found Matthew. Unfortunately, it also marked the beginning of the darkest days of my film career.
Baby Matthew cannot work more than 8 hours a day, and he takes two or three naps during that 8-hour period. No one on the set is allowed to make any noise, so everyone had to communicate with sign language, a bit like those old silent films. Babies are tough to shoot because they never do what you want them to. No matter who you are, no one can command a baby to act. Losing your temper is definitely not the way to go about it. The only way to do it is with time, patience and money to guide him in each shot.
Benny Chan defined his unique blend of dramatic action filmmaking with the Andy Lau vehicle A Moment of Romance (1990), and further defined it with the thrillers Man Wanted (1995) and Big Bullet (1996). Moving up gears in 2000, he reinvented young idols Nicholas Tse, Daniel Wu, Stephen Fung and Edison Chen as ice-cool millennium action heroes in new ago police thrillers Gen-X Cops (1999) and Gen-Y Cops (2000). The 2003 psychological thriller Heroic Duo marked a real return to form for Benny. Divergence (2005) garnered three Golden Horse awards and proved Chan is every inch the slick stylist.
However, it is in directing Jackie Chan in the transnational action adventure Who Am I? (1998) and the taut suspense thriller New Police Story (2004) that a special chemistry is sparked off.
1990 Tian ruo you qing – A Moment of Romance; 1991 Dai zi hong lang – Son on the Run; 1992 Tian ruo you qing er – A Moment of Romance II; Hua! Ying xiong – What a Hero!; 1993 Xin xian hao shen zhen – The Magic Crane; 1995 Wang Jiao de tian kong – Man Wanted; Jing wu men – Fist of Fury serie TV; Huan le shi guang – Happy Hour; 1996 Chung fung dui ji no foh gaai tau – Big Bullet; 1998 Ngo hai sui – Who Am I? (Senza nome e senza regole); 1999 Tejing xinrenlei – Gen-X Cops; 2000 Tejing xinrenlei 2 – Gen-Y Cops; 2003 Shuang xiong – Heroic Duo; 2004 San ging chaat goo si – New Police Story (New Police Story); 2005 San cha kou – Divergence.