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DVD: Mad Mission 2 / Aces Go Places 2 / Zuijia paidang daxian shentong (1983)
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October 8, 2002



Genre: Spy Spoof / Action  
The bumbling trio return to solve a jewel heist while running from an army of assassins.  



Directed by:

Erik Tsang

Screenplay by:

(none credited)

Music by: Teddy Robin Kwan
Produced by: Karl Maka, Dean Shak

Samuel Hui, Karl Maka, Sylvia Chang, Suzanna Valentino, Yasuki Kurata, Joe Dimmick, Hector Britt

Film Length: 86 mins
Process/Ratio: 2.35 :1
Anamorphic DVD: Yes
Languages:   English Mono
Special Features :  

Theatrical Trailer

Comments :

The second installment is more gizmo-friendly, and ace-thief Sam is chased all over Hong Kong by assassins, lead by a squinting Eastwoodian bounty hunter named Filthy Harry (get it?). Many BMWs and Jaguars are trashed, and there's some really inventive sight gags (a packed elevator, and ballet sequence are a couple of highlights) that deserve some kind of honorary Bugs Bunny Award for Clever Absurdity.

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 does not contain the original Chinese language track - something fans might find disappointing - but the English voices math the physical performances quite well, inadvertently enhancing 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.

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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