Great movie as always, and the commentary was super interesting.
Today I learned:
- Jackie Chan has a big head.
- Eric Tsang started as a stuntman.
- Minibuses were/are a unique travel option in Hong Kong. They are often operated by folks from Chaochou and have a reputation for being connected with the Triad. “7-Eleven” was some kind of derogatory term for them, I’m not clear what it means exactly though.
- Undercranking is a thing. It was used by Sammo and other directors of the period but needs to be done well for it to look good. More to learn on that.
- The Lucky Stars movie series was started by Golden Harvest in response to a series being done by a competitor at the time
- My Lucky Stars was released for Chinese New Year 1985 and was filmed during the winter of 1984 - hence the jackets they are wearing in the Japanese locations.
- Filming on the sequel, Twinkle Twinkle Lucky Stars, was already going on during filming of My Lucky Stars and it released just a few months later in summer 1985.
- Supercop was the first Hong Kong film in decades to film with real sound.
- Sibelle Hu did so well that they formed a new movie series called “The Inspector Wears Skirts” where she reprises her role as Madam Wu.
- Only 3 of the actors dub their own voices in the film including Stanley Shui-Fan Fung and Richard Ng. Evidently the contracts of some Hong Kong actors at the time stipulated that they be the only ones who dub their own voice - they considered it part of their craft. Chow Yun-Fat was another actor of the time whose contracts required that he dub his own work.
- Sammo Hung’s voice is dubbed by the actor who dubbed Doraemon’s voice in Cantonese at the time
- Michiko Nishiwaki was a body builder and power lifter at the time
I probably heard and learned lots of other interesting bits, but that’s what i took special note of.