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Winners and Sinners

AKA: Five Lucky Stars


Director: Sammo Hung

Stars: Jackie Chan, Sammo Hung, Yuen Biao, Richard Ng, John Sham, James Tien, Moon Lee, Cherie Chung

Despite his top billing, Jackie Chan plays only a small role in this movie, which is probably most notable as the first film where all of the "three brothers" (Chan, Sammo Hung and Yuen Biao) appeared on-screen together. Most of this movie is dominated by the antics of Ng, Sham, Tien, etc. as a group of dim-witted crooks who try to go legit after getting out of prison. Most of the comedy in this movie wasn't all that funny to me (too "kiddie" for my tastes), and with the three brothers in here (and Sammo at the helm), it felt like there should have been better action sequences and more of them. Winners and Sinners isn't horrible, it's just a bit anemic compared to some of Chan and Hung's other movies. It's worth a rental on a rainy day when you don't have anything else to do.


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