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License to Steal

1 rating: 2.0
1990 action classic
1 review about License to Steal

License to Steal...the 90s!

  • Aug 24, 2010

I knew nothing about this movie before seeing it other than the knowledge that it was a Yuen Biao film, and that was more than enough temptation for me to watch it. In actual fact he didn't play the lead role in the movie and I got a sense that his participation was more about raising the profile of it, you find that this is often the way with Hong Kong action cinema but I definately think that this attitude of getting fellow friends and collegues to help out in other projects is to it's credit as familiar faces begin to emerge over time.

The main premise of the movie revolves around the characters of Hung (Joyce Godenzi) and her sister Ngan (Agnes Aurelio) whom are both part of a family of cunning thieves, Ngan feels resent towards Hung as although she is matched in skill she isn't quite as good as her sister. Feeling the need to eradicate Hung from the theif family so that she will become their fathers successor, Ngan leaves her behind whilst on a job and puts her in the hands of the police. Hung's eventual release from prison will no doubt lead to revenge.

It's quite impressive to see how Joyce Godenzi takes to her fight scenes with ease given that she is not a martial artist, although I think it would be safe to assume that her husband, Sammo Hung, no doubt gave her guidance along the way. Sammo himself does make an appearance in the movie, but it could hardly be classed even as a cameo due to the fact that he enjoys less than half a second of on-screen presence.

Comedy is ever present in the form of Richard Ng, and a typical late 80s/early 90s soundtrack provides much entertainment. Perhaps the moments which most watchers of this film will be looking out for are the fight scenes, and no doubt two of these in particular would be of interest. Whilst unfortunately very brief we do see a light-hearted exchange between Yuen Biao and a young Colin Chou, as well as an explosive clash with a certain Billy Chow.

Overall this isn't a movie that will be on the shelf with your most prized favourites, but it will undoubtedly raise a few smiles and you'll enjoy it. At the very least it's worth a watch.

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