Starting in the 1970s, Michael, Ricky and Sam Hui the Hui brothers created comedy classics that defined a generation and changed the face of Hong Kong cinema. Focusing their films on the lives of ordinary people, they combined wit and compassion to make comedies that struck a chord with filmgoers, eventually becoming one of the most formidable comedic forces Hong Kong has ever seen. This collection of their classic films includes Chicken and Duck Talk
(1988), Mr. Coconut
(1989), Front Page
(1990), The Magic Touch
(1992) and Always on My Mind
Chicken and Duck Talk (1988)
Helmed by renowned director Clifton Ko, Chicken and Duck Talk has Michael Hui playing Ah Hui, the owner of a traditional Hong Kong-style BBQ duck shop. His business is hit hard when the new and glossy Danny Chicken opens across from him. To wrangle back business, Ah Hui goes to extraordinary lengths to win the turf war.
Mr. Coconut (1989)
Mr. Coconut portrays the comic adventures of a migrant from Mainland China's Hainan Province, whose lack of knowledge about life in cosmopolitan Hong Kong gets him into one scrape after another. Not so much a straightforward comedy made at the expense of "country bumpkins," Mr. Coconut is more concerned with the Hong Kong public's rampant materialism in a city driven by commercialism, proving to be yet another comic masterpiece in which the Hui brothers deftly combine raucous comedy and social commentary.
Front Page (1990)
Front Page marks the last large-scale film collaboration between the brothers. Aside from delivering barrels of laughs, the film also provides social commentary on the emergence of tabloids, paparazzi and unscrupulous media practices in late 80s Hong Kong. Michael Hui plays the sarcastic but ethical boss of a magazine on the verge of collapse, who reluctantly recruits the services of smart ex-boxer Bill (Sam Hui) and doltish photographer Fly (Ricky Hui). While digging into the story of a rising starlet who is about to marry a tycoon, Bill and Fly suggest fabricating some scandals to boost sales...
The Magic Touch (1992)
The Magic Touch sees Leon Lai playing an investigator from the Inland Revenue Department who's sent to scrutinize the tax history of a fortuneteller (Michael Hui). The fortuneteller is, of course, a swindler, but out of the blue, he actually gets the ability he claims to have telling the future. With his newfound abilities, the fortuneteller teams up with the tax investigator for a wild comedic adventure.
Always On My Mind (1993)
Michael Hui stars as a money-grubbing news anchor who's just discovered that he has cancer. As if that wasn't bad enough, the TV station he works at is also looking to fire him. Before the station has a chance to finalize the firing, though, the news anchor finds fame overnight thanks to his coverage of a sensational robbery. To