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DVD: Mad Mission 1 / Aces Go Places / Zuijia Paidang (1982)
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October 8, 2002



Genre: Spy Spoof / Action  
A diamond thief works with a bumbling cop to solve a jewel heist.  



Directed by:

Erik Tsang

Screenplay by: Raymond Wong
Music by: Sam Hui, Teddy Robin Kwan
Produced by: Karl Maka, Dean Shak

Samuel Hui, Karl Maka, Sylvia Chang, Dean Shek, Tsui Hark, Carroll Gordon

Film Length: 83 mins
Process/Ratio: 2.35 :1
Anamorphic DVD: Yes
Languages:   English Mono
Special Features :  

Theatrical Trailer

Comments :

Four sequels followed the original "Mad Mission" film in what became a highly popular series. Also known as the 'Aces Go Places' series, the 5 parts featured broad, comedic performances from a trio of utterly likable leads: Sam Hui starred as master jewel thief Sam 'King' Kong, with an extreme electronic toy hobby; Karl Maka played the animated, smooth-headed American detective Kodyjack (get it?); and Sylvia Chang (who appeared in all but the 5 th film), played the iron-willed, no-nonsense policewoman Nancy, who eventually develops and rough-and-tumble relationship with Kodyjack.

For those unfamiliar with the "Mad Mission" series, the action and stunts were pretty imaginative, the pacing extremely tight, and sense of humour on par with the best Bugs Bunny cartoons. Warner logic dominates the gags, and several recall the high-energy, physically exhaustive chases from Frank Tashlin montages.

Anchor Bay 's crisp transfer is from an excellent print, with vivid colours and no visible artifacting. The mono English-dub track is pretty raw, though. The DVD doesn't contain the original Chinese language track - something fans might find disappointing - but the English voices math the physical performances quite well, and inadvertently add to the film's cartoon sensibilities.

Like the movie, the included trailer is also in excellent shape, though the trailer is really a mini-capsule of the film's stunts with a basic title card.

This film is available individually, or in a boxed set, which includes "Mad Mission 1," "Mad Mission 2," "Mad Mission 3," and "Mad Mission 4: You Never Die Twice," as a bonus.


© 2002 Mark R. Hasan

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