The Fortune Buddies (2011) (DVD) (Taiwan Version) DVD Region 3
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Friends Fook Yuen (Louis Yuen), Luk Wong (Wong Cho Lam) and Sao Lee (Johnson Lee) are three out-of-luck urbanites who spend their days in the unemployment center. To help Luk earn money for his marriage to girlfriend Fiona (Fiona Sit), the three try out street performing. During one of their performances, they defeat an American professional wrestler, and the video becomes a sensational online. Soon, the wrestler's promoter (Maggie Cheung) offers the three a large sum of money to take on three American wrestlers in a televised match. With the help of Fiona's former wrestler father (Eric Tsang), the three losers train to take on the biggest challenge of their lives.
|Product Title:||The Fortune Buddies (2011) (DVD) (Taiwan Version) 勁抽福祿壽 (DVD) (台灣版) 劲抽福禄寿 (DVD) (台湾版) The Fortune Buddies (2011) (DVD) (Taiwan Version) The Fortune Buddies (2011) (DVD) (Taiwan Version)|
|Artist Name(s):||Fiona Sit (Actor) | Johnson Lee (Actor) | Louis Yuen (Actor) | Wong Cho Lam (Actor) | Eric Tsang (Actor) | Wong Siu Fung (Actor) | Michael Tse (Actor) | Maggie Cheung Ho Yee (Actor) | Siu Yam Yam (Actor) | Lam Suet (Actor) | Bosco Wong (Actor) | Michelle Lo (Actor) | Fala Chen (Actor) | Samantha Ko (Actor) 薛 凱琪 (Actor) | 李思捷 (Actor) | 阮兆祥 (Actor) | 王祖藍 (Actor) | 曾志偉 (Actor) | 王小鳳 (Actor) | 謝天華 (Actor) | 張 可頤 (Actor) | 邵音音 (Actor) | 林雪 (Actor) | 黃宗澤 (Actor) | 盧覓雪 (Actor) | 陳 法拉 (Actor) | 高 海寧 (Actor) 薛 凯琪 (Actor) | 李思捷 (Actor) | 阮兆祥 (Actor) | 王祖蓝 (Actor) | 曾志伟 (Actor) | 王小凤 (Actor) | 谢天华 (Actor) | 张 可颐 (Actor) | 邵音音 (Actor) | 林雪 (Actor) | 黄宗泽 (Actor) | 卢觅雪 (Actor) | 陈 法拉 (Actor) | 高 海宁 (Actor) 薛凱琪 （フィオナ・シッ） (Actor) | 李思捷（ジョンソン・リー） (Actor) | 阮兆祥（ルイス・ユエン） (Actor) | 王祖藍 （ウォン・ジョーラム） (Actor) | 曾志偉 （エリック・ツァン） (Actor) | 王小鳳 （ウォン・シウフォン） (Actor) | 謝天華（マイケル・ツェ） (Actor) | 張可頤（マギー・チョン） (Actor) | 邵音音（シウ・ヤムヤム） (Actor) | 林雪 （ラム・シュー） (Actor) | 黄宗澤 （ボスコ・ウォン） (Actor) | 盧覓雪（ミシェル・ロー） (Actor) | 陳法拉（ファラ・チェン） (Actor) | 高海寧（サマンサ・コー） (Actor) Fiona Sit (Actor) | Johnson Lee (Actor) | Louis Yuen (Actor) | Wong Cho Lam (Actor) | Eric Tsang (Actor) | Wong Siu Fung (Actor) | Michael Tse (Actor) | Maggie Cheung Ho Yee (Actor) | Siu Yam Yam (Actor) | Lam Suet (Actor) | Bosco Wong (Actor) | Michelle Lo (Actor) | Fala Chen (Actor) | Samantha Ko (Actor)|
|Director:||Chung Shu Kai 鍾 澍佳 锺 澍佳 鍾澍佳（チョン・シューガイ） Chung Shu Kai|
|Producer:||Eric Tsang 曾志偉 曾志伟 曾志偉 （エリック・ツァン） Eric Tsang|
|Subtitles:||English, Traditional Chinese|
|Place of Origin:||Hong Kong|
|Picture Format:||NTSC What is it?|
|Aspect Ratio:||1.33 : 1|
|Sound Information:||Dolby Digital 5.1|
|Region Code:||3 - South East Asia (including Hong Kong, S. Korea and Taiwan) What is it?|
|Package Weight:||120 (g)|
|Shipment Unit:||1 What is it?|
|YesAsia Catalog No.:||1031312870|
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This professional review refers to The Fortune Buddies (2011) (DVD) (Hong Kong Version)
The Fortune Buddies is the latest big screen outing from TVB and Shaw Brothers, following up on their successful 72 Tenants of Prosperity and I Love Hong Kong. Produced as usual by Eric Tsang and directed by studio regular Chung Sue Kie, who was also recently responsible for the comedy Adventure of the King, the wacky film revolves around Louis Yuen, Wong Cho Lam and Johnson Lee, famed for their TVB comedy sketch program Fun with Liza And Gods as three down on their luck men who end up becoming wrestlers.
As well as a supporting cast that includes Fiona Sit (The Way we Were), Maggie Cheung (Punished), Hong Kong veteran Pauline Wong and Tsang himself, the film unsurprisingly packs in a huge number of cameos, including, but not limited to Michael Tse, King Kong, Richard Ng, Lam Suet, Tin Kai Man and Bosco Wong.
Louis Yuen, Wong Cho Lam and Johnson Lee play Fook Yuen, Luk Wong and Sao Lee, three down on their luck friends living in the same cramped apartment and trying unsuccessfully to find work at the local job centre. Luk in particular is desperate to earn some cash, needing the money for a down payment on an apartment so that he can win right to marry his long suffering girlfriend Fiona (Fiona Sit) from her disapproving father Eric Tsang. During a bout of street performing they accidentally manage to knock out a top American wrestler, and in the process become internet sensations. Challenged to a lucrative rematch by a wrestling promoter (Maggie Cheung), they turn to Fiona's father for help, who just happens to be a wrestling coach and ex-brawler himself.
Anyone familiar with the recent TVB/Shaw Brothers films should already have a pretty good idea of what to expect with The Fortune Buddies with director Chung Sue Kie following closely what has so far proved a successful formula. Certainly, the film sticks to playing to its target audience of TVB fans and local audiences, with gags likely to go over the heads of outsiders and a stream of cameo appearances that might well go unnoticed to anyone not in the know. Thankfully, there's still plenty to enjoy here for more casual viewers, and most of the humour still has a pretty broad appeal, with a fair amount of its pop culture references being amusingly recognisable, such as a long running joke involving Infernal Affairs and a bizarre series of nods to phone game phenomenon Angry Birds (complete with sound effects). The comedy is predominantly based around wacky slapstick and generally works well, providing a decent quotient of laughs, and with Chung pulling together a few creative set pieces and getting a fair bit of mileage out of the pleasingly outlandish wrestling concept. Although unintentional, possibly the funniest parts of the film are its brazen scenes of product placement, with a constant parade of branded goods being thrust at the screen in hilariously unsubtle fashion.
The film also shows what amounts to a more serious side, attempting to deal with a few real issues, such as the likeable Luk Wong's efforts to impress Tsang as his potential future father-in-law and his need to become a property owner before he can get married. Although predictably the film's more melodramatic elements never really manage to convince, they do help to ground the silliness somewhat, with financial pressure and unemployment being very real threats which audiences from anywhere in the world can relate to. Chung doesn't dig too deeply into these themes, being content for things mainly to play out as an underdog sports story of sorts, and although the outcome is never in any doubt, there's an overall upbeat atmosphere and the film is a feel-good affair.
As a result, whilst never particularly memorable, The Fortune Buddies makes for fun, amiable viewing and should certainly be enjoyed by fans of TVB or of Hong Kong comedies in general. Although some of its references are clearly aimed at natives, on the plus side the film does benefit from having a uniquely local feel, more so than many of the other Mainland targeted comedies starting to crowd the genre.
by James Mudge - BeyondHollywood.com