Plain Jane to the Rescue
Dir: John Woo
Scrs: John Woo, Lau Chun-wah
Co-starring: Josephine Siao Fong-fong, Roman Tam, Maggie Li
1982 / Colour / D Beta / Cantonese / Chi & Eng / Subtitles / 86 min
Ricky Hui's talent is best expressed when bounced against partners and Josephine Siao Fong-fong is one of his bests. Plain Jane to the Rescue may be a vehicle for Siao, who stars and produces, but it's also marked by the great performance of Hui, who doubles as her sidekick and lover, and the crazed comic energy of director John Woo, who makes an inspired ironic cameo declaring that film directors are not human but god. The film, like the best of comedies, also offers an exceptionally poignant foresight on our changing society, its story about real estate developers making life miserable in Hong Kong remaining valid today.
||Cinema, Hong Kong Film Archive
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