| Curry And Pepper (1990)
Director: Ko Shou Liang
Chiau, Jacky Cheung
Hong Kong's hottest actor, Stephen Chow, is Pepper
and Jackie Cheung is Curry in this American-style odd couple comedy
which is a rung or two above the usual commercial fare. The star duo are
policemen pursuing a vicious killer, but the negligible plot is more
than compensated by the depiction of friendship between the two.
Pepper and Curry, friends since childhood, are a
study in contrasts. Pepper is impulsive, spoiled, and used to getting
his own way, while Curry is dependable and conventional. They even vie
for the same woman, a beautiful television reporter played by Ann
The film's chief fault is directional. Blackie Ko
is primarily an action director, and Curry & Pepper's action scenes are
masterfully handled. One sequence in particular, set in a supermarket,
is a small gem. It builds slowly, from verbal comedy to an action-packed
shoot-out and then moves outside for a high speed car chase.
If the actors had been guided with the same
meticulousness as the stunts, Curry & Pepper might well represent a
breakthrough for Cantonese action comedies. The musical score, on the
other hand, perfectly captures the verve of the people and situations.
Its jazz motif complements and enhances the overall mood, providing
Curry & Pepper with an extra dash of spice.
List Price: US $19.95
Cantonese / Mandarin
English / Traditional Chinese
/ Simplified Chinese / Malaysia
(Can be played on any DVD player in the
"May be Inappropriate For Children" (Broad
rating may be roughly equal to an MPPA rating of
"PG-13" to "R". In the late 1980s
this rating splintered in two ratings: IIA and IIB) Films
rated Category II may contain mild to strong violence,
nudity that is usually not sexually oriented, explicit
language and adult situations.