Let's be Happy [Reference Film]
aka The Quarrelsome Couple
Dir: Chun Kim
Scr: Fuk Sum
Prod Co: Kong Ngee
Cast: Patrick Tse Yin, Patsy Kar King, Woo Fung,
1959 / B&W / D Beta / Cantonese / 121min
Going undercover doesn't always have to be gritty, macho and violent. It can also be funny. Like the "undercover boss" movies, stories of managers or other wealthy folks who disguise their identities to learn about the true conditions of their businesses. In Let's be Happy, Woo Fung is the son of a rich family who decides to go undercover in his factory to learn the trade from bottom up. This is also an odd-couple film from the Kong Ngee studio that features the company's top star Patrick Tse Yin as a "city bumpkin" giving advice to the naïve and sweetly urbane Woo, striking great comedy in the process. Like the stealth agents in Man on the Brink (1981) and City on Fire (1987), the undercover boss ends up taking up qualities of the domain into which he disguises himself, becoming more sympathetic to the working men and women who labors in his factory, not to mention winning the heart of one of his beautiful employees.
||Cinema, Hong Kong Film Archive
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