Plain Jane to the Rescue
Dir: John Woo Scrs: John Woo, Lau Chun-wah
Cast: Josephine Siao Fong-fong, Sam Hui,
1982 / Colour / D Beta / Cantonese / Chi & Eng Subtitles / 87min
In the 12th film he directed, John Woo apparently tried to move away from the absurd and slapstick comedy by adding plot elements that reflect the times and the plight of lowly employees. Plain Jane, a legendary character with her trademark thick glasses and plaid shirts created by Josephine Siao Fong-fong on the small screen, made a successful transition to the big screen. Siao also produced the film, helping in the casting to make the characters more vivid and lifelike. The main storyline is about a consortium buying up land, a satire on how developer hegemony makes the whole city heartless and unscrupulous. City life is being drastically changed by high tech, computers and all kinds of electronic games. The demolition issues in the 80s are once again relevant today. The final scene is set in the Cross-Harbour Tunnel. Built at the Whampoa Dock in Hung Hom and costing more than $500,000, the 300-ft long tunnel set designed by art directors William Chang and Ma Yiuping looked so authentic that it has become legendary.
||Cinema, Hong Kong Film Archive
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