The Pilferers' Progress
Dir / Scr: John Woo
Cast: Richard Ng Yiu-hon, Ricky Hui, Angie Chiu, Cheung Ying
1977 / Colour / D Beta / Cantonese / Chi & Eng Subtitles / 92min
The Private Eyes (1976) set a new box office record for Hong Kong. At the suggestion of Raymond Chow, John Woo, one of the film’s masterminds, filmed The Pilferer's Progress which became one of the 10 best-sellers of the year. Taking the direction of Michael Hui comedies, the film features the soundtrack of The Private Eyes, a private detective, and Ricky Hui also kept his nickname from The Private Eyes. In The Pilferers' Progress, Ricky Hui and Richard Ng Yiu-hon play a couple of jewelry thieves who started off enemies but later teamed up to steal tycoon Cheung Ying’s precious diamond(s). Demonstrating consummate cinematic skills, John Woo used a lot of slapstick and action scenes featuring blunders and impromptu gags, while satirizing social inequality. The result? A spirited Robin Hood-type story.
||Cinema, Hong Kong Film Archive
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