From Vegas to Macau III
Ken (Chow Yun-fat) isn't too pleased that
his daughter, Rainbow (Kimmy Tong), is about to marry his godson, Vincent (Shawn Yue), so right
before the wedding, he gets his friend, Mark (Nick Cheung) to hypnotize him into thinking that
she'll be marrying someone else. When Mark's friend, Michael (Andy Lau), shows up the wedding, a
bomb goes off and, soon enough, Ken and Mark find end up in prison together. Someone clearly wants
to kill Ken, and that someone just so happens to be JC (Jacky Cheung), the man in love with Ken;s
love interest, Molly (Carina Lau), whom he has taken hostage. Ken and Mark, with the help of
Michael, go on a mission to save Molly from the evil JC.
Compared to most sequels, From Vegas to Macau III is entertaining as long as you're willing to throw logic and reason out the door. Co-directors Wong Jing, Andrew Lau and Billy Chung along with writer Wong Jing combine action, mystery and comedy skillfully, and the film finds its tone without feeling uneven. Nor does the plot take itself too seriously. Yes, the humor might seem a bit goofy, but it's diverting, and the slapstick works more often than not (i.e in the jail scene when Mark's head gets caught between the bars). You'll even find more cool gidgets and gadgets here than Spectre and Skyfall combined. If you're not familiar with the previous Vegas to Macau films or you have trouble remembering them, it's alright because this film recaps some of the key details from the prior films and even flashes back to the final scene from From Vegas to Macau II so that you won't feel confused.
Admittedly, it would have been nice
if the villain were more memorable and interesting (after all, an action film is as good as it's
villain), but to be fair, most of the characters here are more or less one-dimensional. The actors
(especially Chow Yun-fat) seem to be having a great time in their roles, so their fun is quite
infectious. At a running time of just under 2 hours, From Vegas to Macau III is an
exhilarating, amusing and crowd-pleasing action comedy that's filled with infectious fun.
A Melody to Remember
The Monkey King 2
Wukong (Aaron Kwok) accidentally gets released from prison under the Mountain of Five Elements. The Goddess of Mercy (Kelly Chen) tells him to go on a mission with a monk, Xuanzang (William Feng Shaofeng), to find holy scriptures. The Buddha places a permanent gold crown on Wukong's head that gives him migraines and won't be removed until ne and Xuanzang complete their mission. Two demons, namely, Bajie (Xiao Shenyang) and Wujing (Him Law), join them on their adventure. Lady White Bone (Gong Li) hopes to find Xuanzang because if she eats him, she will continue to be immortal.
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