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Mr. Canton and Lady Rose (Qiji) (1989)

  Directed by: Jackie Chan
Written by: Jackie Chan
Starring: Jackie Chan, Anita Mui
Links: Mr. Canton and Lady Rose on the IMDb, Buy on Video, Buy on DVD
Genre: Action

This movie gets: 9.00 (1 rating)
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Mr. Canton and Lady Rose (Qiji) (1989) is also mentioned in timchuma's review of Kung Fu Hustle (2004).

"A classic period piece" - a review by timchuma

Set in early 20th Century Hong Kong, Jackie Chan stars as a naive immigrant from mainland China who is ripped off on arrival by a con-artist, but whose luck changes when he assists a group of gangsters escaping from a shootout and is made their leader due to their boss' last words.

He is soon the manager of a club called the Ritz, and agrees to appear to be the leader as long as his right-hand-mand makes all the decisions for him. About this time, the daughter of one of the gang's associates asks for a way to pay off her father's debts. They don't know and she suggests that she become a dancer at their club.

Their new nightclub is soon a success and Jackie continues to buy roses from the woman he first met just before being run over by the gangster's car as they bring him luck. However, one day they can't find the flower seller, Mrs Rose, and it turns out she has collapsed on the street as her daughter is coming to visit and she has told her that she is very rich.

On hearing of this, the nightclub dancer who has come along with Jackie insists that he help Mrs Rose to play out the charade of being rich and famous by putting her up in the most expensive hotel in town. However this soon leads to complications as they keep needing to kidnap people so their story won't be exposed. Of particular nuisance is a police officer who is trying to get information on the other gangs and wants to meet the father of Mrs Rose's daughter's boyfriend. They also find out that Mrs Rose has told her daughter that she has remarried and the replacement they get just happens to be the man who swindled Jackie when he first arrived in Hong Kong.

Things become even more complicated when the father of Mrs Rose's daughter's boyfriend wants to have an engagement dinner in Hong Kong and Mrs Rose has told him she is friends with the rich and famous. Also, another gang leader is furious that Jackie hasn't met with him so he sends his men to catch him and bring him to the rope factory to sort him out...

An excellent period drama / comedy / action piece from the late eighties. The historical setting and music during the action scenes really give this film a lift and help to make it stand out. This proves that Jackie Chan can make excellent films that don't have to rely on some large vehicle smashing things up at the end of the movie - I wish he would make more of this type of movie now.

timchuma gives this movie 9 out of 10.
Review created on Fri 21 Jan 2005

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