- 3 2017
Justice my Foot
Hong Kong 1992
Mona Fong for Cosmopolitan/Shaw Brothers
directed by Johnnie To
starring Stephen Chow, Anita Mui, Carrie Ng, Ng Man Tat, Paul Chun, Ai Wai, Eddy Ko, Leung Ka-Yan, Wong Yut Fei, Yuen King-Tan, Mimi Zhu, Cheung Ka Sang, Cho Wing, Wang tian-lin
written by Sandy Shaw, stunt coordinator: Ching Siu-Tung
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Sung (Stephen Chow) is a lawyer known for his ability to distort the
truth and win lost cases - much to the dismay of his bossy pregnant wife
(Anita Mui), who eventually forces him to give up his profession and help
her running a restaurant. Then though Mrs Sung runs across pregnant Mrs
Cheung (Carrie Ng) who has been falsely accused of having poisoned her
husband, and now Mrs Sung forces her husband to take up his former
profession again and defend her.
But in court, Sung soon has to realize
that judge Ho (Ng Man Tat) isn't in the least sympathetic to Mrs Sung and
is actually bribed by the real killers ... and as a result, Sung is
convicted for miscarriage of justice. Sung's wife, a brilliant martial
artist, tries to free him, but when she has to give birth right during the
battle, all seems lost. That is until Sung pretends he has gone insane,
somehow manages to escape prison, gets the inspector general (Paul Chun)
to retry the case and not only gets Mrs Cheung free using new evidence, he
also threatens judge Ho with a trial, should he not adhere to the letter
of the law in the future.
By no means a perfect film, but a not
entirely unfunny legal comedy with some kung fu thrown into the mix, and
at least one inspired scene, the one with Anita Mui (who's one of the highlights of the film anyway) giving birth during a big
battle scene. Still, both director Johnny To and star Stephen Chow
eventually went on to do bigger and better things.