The Private Eyes (aka Mr. Boo)
Dir/ Scr: Michael Hui
Cast: Michael Hui, Sam Hui, Ricky Hui, Richard Ng Yiu-hon
1976 / Colour / DCP / Cantonese / Chi & Eng Subtitles / 93min
The Private Eyes, Michael Hui’s third solo effort (wearing the hats of the screenwriter, the director and leading actor), avoids the over-complicatedness of the plot and the philosophical theme of his sophomore film. The film abandons the usual narrative structure and concentrates only on a number of side-splitting situations. The esult? A more than impressive study of one of the most loathsome yet simultaneously and incredibly charming and sympathetic characters on the screen including, the selfish, covetous, preposterous, bossy and largely exploitative private gumshoe played by Hui himself. Of particular mention is the scene in which Michael and Sam try to escape the police by climbing outside a multi-storey building.
||Cinema, Hong Kong Film Archive
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