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  Skinny Tiger, Fatty Dragon No, he's fatty!
Year: 1990
Director: Chia-Liang Liu
Stars: Sammo Hung, Karl Maka, Chia Yung Liu, Carrie Ng, Po Tai, Lung Ming-yan, Ridley Tsui, Gabriel Wong, Fung Woo, Xin Xin Xiong
Genre: Comedy, Action, Martial ArtsBuy from Amazon
Rating:  7 (from 2 votes)
Review: People who constantly complain about Britain’s piss-poor police force may be advised to look towards our Eastern cousins for inspiration. Meet Skinny (Karl Maka), an Anton LaVey lookalike with a bad fashion sense and a monstrous sex-drive, and Fatty (Sammo Hung, of TV’s Martial Law), the cuddly kung-fu killer with a haircut designed by Mo Mowlam – also with a monstrous sex-drive. Constantly in trouble with their smarmy Inspector, their destructive streak comes not from ineptness, but what is best described as small-scale corruption, albeit in a nice way. When they’re not knocking suspects around, they’re saucing-up young ladies and destroying private property without a care in the world.

Plotwise, there’s really nothing else to Skinny Tiger, Fatty Dragon than a couple of gung-ho cops waging an all-out battle against hard-nosed gangster Prince Tak – trivialities about relationships and the meaning of life are thrown out of the window in favour of psychotic action sequences. Which is, of course, fine by me as our heroes engage in such classic, perfectly choreographed scenes as destroying Tak’s car and wrecking the Commissioner’s wedding. Needless to say, Sammo Hung practising the ancient martial art of obesity is going to get all the respect, but Karl Maka is also fabulous as the slapheaded sleaze-bag Skinny – how he’s managed to attract such a hot girlfriend is anyone’s guess.

In fact, I don’t want to sound too smarmy, but Skinny Tiger… is one Hong Kong kung-fu comedy that’s actually funny! And you not only get laughs, stunts and fights, but also those goddam sexy lady-boys, too! What, you mean you don’t like lady-boys? Oh no, no…. I don’t either. I was joking! Honestly…

Aka: Shou Hu Fei Long, Skinny Tiger And Fatty Dragon, Nutty Kickbox Cops
Reviewer: Wayne Southworth

 

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