Mr Canton and Lady Rose (1989) Mr Canton & Lady Rose

Mr Canton and Lady Rose

Directed by: Jackie Chan
Starring: Jackie Chan, Anita Mui

Tagline: "A classic period piece"

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-man 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.

This leads to many wacky adventures which culminates with Jackie's character organising an elaborate deception to help out a kindly flower seller when her daughter visits.

Just talking about the movie really can't describe how well it all fits together. Although the story is quite familiar, everyone puts in great performances and makes it seem alive in their own way.

Even though I have seen this movie many times on SBS TV in Australia, I still enjoy seeing it again when I get the chance. This film is also fun to watch as it recalls a time in the 1980's when Jackie Chan was making really big budget movies with lavish sets, costumes and stunts that would not get done today (computer graphics doesn't count.)

The focus of this movie is not really the action, but there are some great fight scenes in it such as the big fight at the rope factory.

As much as I don't want to start comparing every film to it, this movie is a lot like Kung Fu Hustle. Also if you enjoyed this film, I would recommend Project A I & II.

Rating: 9/10

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