Shen Yong Shuang Mei Mai
1989 / 93m - Hong Kong
Comedy, Crime
Doubles Cause Troubles poster


December 20, 2008


One of Jing Wong's lackluster comedies. It's one of those films that thrives on coincidences, weird plot twists and gross over-acting, hoping that a lot of fuss and noise will translate into laughs from the audience. Usually Wong can handle this type of material, but this one turned out to be a dud.

Two cousins inherit a home. Things quickly escalate when one of their tenants comes home deadly wounded, whispering a secret code to them. The cousins don't quite know what to do, and before they know it the Triad is on their tail. The police is also eying them with suspicion, so they have nowhere to go.

Maggie Cheung is a big name, but together with Carol Cheng she falls prey to helpless overacting. Pak-Cheung Chan isn't great either, it's Jing Wong himself who gives the best performance (and that's quite telling). The plot is too predictable, the film lacks actual comedy and the execution is rather cheap, the only redeeming quality is the pacing. Far from great.