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."