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The HUI Brothers saga
The trio splits 1/1 - Page 3
Author(s) : Laurent Henry
Thomas Podvin
Date : 1/11/1999
Type(s) : Information
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People :
Stephen Chow Sing Chi
Karl Maka
Tsui Hark
Movies :
Aces Go Places
Always On My Mind
The Banquet
Chicken And Duck Talk
The Dragon From Russia
From Riches To Rags
Front Page
Happy Ding Dong
The Haunted Cop Shop
Inspector Chocolate
The Legend Of Wisely
Money Crazy
Mr Vampire
Plain Jane To The Rescue
Security Unlimited
To Hell With The Devil
Winner Takes All
Companies :
Cinema City & Films Co.
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Text by Laurent Henry, November 1999. Freely translated and updated by Thomas Podvin, December 2002.

Sources for quotations:
Interview: "Rencontre avec Michael Hui, Il Fait Rire Toute L'Asie" by Olivier Assayas, Tony Rayns & Charles Tesson, in 'Hong Kong Cinéma', from Les Cahiers du Cinéma special issue, Sept. 1984, Editions de L'Etoile.

Read an exclusive interview with Michael Hui from dragonsdenuk.com

You can still catch up with this 70's nostalgia and Sam's catchy tunes with the DVDs of The Private Eyes, The Contract and Security Unlimited released by Universe or IVL.

After Security Unlimited, the Hui's biggest success, Michael Hui wanted to have a change, to try a more personal approach of the comedy and to do it alone.

"I wanted to make a film on my own to have some kind of freedom. With my brothers I always had to do the same things. As I am the elder, I am the one who speaks loud and leads the others. Now I can do what I want, I can be a young man chatting up girls. It's all new for me."

Michael Hui made Teppanyakialone in 1984, which was more ambitious because it had a well-written story. "I have a new theory. I am more careful on the quality of my gags. I tend to rank them from 'A' to 'D', 'D' being a poor joke. I found that my jokes become more and more 'B'. It's very hard to get an 'A'. An 'A' gag is meaningful, moving, and memorable and has to be tightly linked with the plot. The script has to be good. In this new theory, I have to get a really good story first and then I can add comical elements to it."


Ricky and Michael Hui


Even though the movie did well at the box office, it didn't convince the audience. Since then Michael tended to play in movies directed by others and he directed only a few films on his own. Some of his most memorable film in solo were Happy Ding-Dong (1986), Inspector Chocolate (1986), Front Page (1990) and Always on my mind (1993). He delivered his last big movie in 1988, Chicken And Duck Talk, a culinary comedy directed by Clifton Ko, with Ricky and a guest appearance of Sam. But his sense of humour wasn't that successful anymore. Tsui Hark showed in The Banquet (1991) Michael Hui sharing his meal with Cantonese comedy new sensation Stephen Chow Sing Chi. The old generation gave way to the young one.

As for Sam, considered as the father of Canto-pop in the seventies, he became early eighties one of the biggest comic stars, ahead of Michael. He starred with Karl Maka in the Cinema City productions, the Aces Go Places series (aka Mad Mission), a sort of cheesy James Bond spoof with comedy, action, stunts, romance, gadgets and Canto-pop. This buddy movie between a funky swindler called King Kong (Sam Hui) and an inept detective Kadojak (Karl Maka) was the most famous series of the eighties. Sam provided obviously the theme songs for each episode.


Sam Hui, singer, actor and Kung Fu master !


Apart from five Aces Go Places films between 1982 and 1989, Sam made very few other noticeable movies. Dragon From Russia and Legend Of Wiseley are worth watching though. However, Sam had to stop his activities for a while due to an accident during the production of the Legend Of Wiseley.

His last noticeable movie appearance was in Tsui Hark's Swordsman (1990). His acting was however not exceptional. The production being late, it was said that Sam Hui was hard to convince to carry on his role after the alleged date of last photography written in his contract. He had actually nothing to prove anymore. Since then, he seldom appeared on the Silver Screen. He made a guest appearance as an old and reformed conman in the 2000 comedy Winners Take All starring Nicholas Tse, Joey Yeung and¡­ Karl Maka.

Ricky Hui carried on playing second role sometimes by Michael side, but also in various John Woo's comedies Money Crazy (1977), From Riches To Rags (1980), Plain Jane To The Rescue (1982), To Hell With The Devil (1982) and other ghost and vampire films such as Haunted Cop Shop 1 & 2 (1987 & 1988) and Mr Vampire (1985).


As always, the HK film industry is pitiless with its forces, even the most famous ones. The Wheel of Fortune turns fast there. Early nineties, the Hui Bros. were only shadows of an obsolete era. Stephen Chow is the new King of comedy and Andy Lau is the new pop singer very much present in local comedies and action films.

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