My Lucky Stars is a 1985 Hong Kong action comedy film directed by Sammo Hung, written by Barry Wong, and starring Hung, Jackie Chan and Yuen Biao. It was released as 5 Lucky Stars in Japan and as Ninja Encounter in the Philippines. My Lucky Stars is the second film in the Lucky Stars series, and a semi-sequel to Winners and Sinners, with many of the same actors returning as the “Five Lucky Stars” troupe, albeit with different character names and slightly different roles.
Undercover cop Muscles (Jackie Chan) enlists his childhood friends, the “Five Lucky Stars”, to travel to Japan to help him catch a Yakuza group.
A corrupt Hong Kong cop (Lam Ching Ying) flees to Tokyo to join his fellow mobsters, whose headquarters are secretly built under an amusement park (filmed in Fuji-Q Highland). Two loyal cops, Ricky (Yuen Biao) and Muscle (Jackie Chan), travel there to apprehend him and uncover the mobsters’ lair, but Ricky is kidnapped in a fight. Muscle goes into hiding and calls his supervisor to send help; since the mobsters already have information on the officers of the Hong Kong Royal Police Force, Muscle asks to send his orphanage friends, nicknamed the Five Lucky Stars, over to assist. The supervisor agrees and collects the five friends, who are all either petty criminals or low-wage workers.
They refuse to aid the police, but the supervisor cunningly sets up a false story in the media that accuses the five of robbing a bank of millions of dollars, blackmailing them into helping. They ultimately agree when the supervisor teams them up with a rookie policewoman, Swordflower, who becomes an object of lustful target to the five. They travel to Tokyo and that night, Kidstuff (Sammo Hung), the Stars’ most rational and talented member, and Swordflower go to Muscle’s apartment. After defeating some thugs, Muscle reunites with Kidstuff. The operation is to send phony money to the mobsters to allow the five to enter their lair, and that way they can get closer to freeing Ricky and apprehending the criminals. After a prolonged battle at the bowels of the amusement park, the criminals lose and the Lucky Stars receive a place to live back at Hong Kong as their reward.
Despite being billed as one of the stars, Jackie Chan’s role in the film is relatively minor until the final half hour. The major star of the film is Chan’s longtime associate and former member of the Peking Opera School, Sammo Hung. The film also features another of that troupe, Yuen Biao.
In the first film, Winners and Sinners, Stanley Fung played an undercover policeman who was posing as the leader of the Lucky Stars gang. In My Lucky Stars and the third film, Twinkle, Twinkle Lucky Stars, Hung’s character is the nominal leader, and Fung’s character is not a cop.
John Shum (“Curly” in Winners and Sinners) was notably absent from the gang in this film, due to his commitments as a political activist. He is replaced in this film by Eric Tsang.
As with Heart of Dragon, Sammo Hung’s real-life brother makes a cameo appearance as a henchman.
During its Hong Kong theatrical run, My Lucky Stars grossed HK $30,748,643. It was the first film to pass the HK $30 million mark in Hong Kong.
Despite being billed as one of the stars, Jackie Chan’s role in this movie is relatively minor until the final half hour. The major star of the movie is Chan’s longtime associate and former member of the Peking Opera School, Sammo Kam-Bo Hung. This movie also features another of that troupe, Biao Yuen.
John Sham (“Curly” in Winners & Sinners (1981) was notably absent from the gang in this movie, due to his commitments as a political activist. He was replaced in this movie by Eric Tsang.
Sammo Kam-Bo Hung’s real-life brother made a cameo appearance as a henchman.
In Winners & Sinners (1983), Stanley Sui-Fan Fung played an undercover policeman who was posing as the leader of the Lucky Stars gang. In this movie, and the third movie, Twinkle Twinkle Lucky Stars (1985), Hung’s character is the nominal leader, and Fung’s character is not a cop.
The costume Jackie Chan wore is based on a character featured in Dragonball Creator Akira Toriyama’s series Dr. Slump.
Movie debut of Japanese bodybuilder and martial artist Michiko Nishiwaki.
During a break in filming in Japan, Jackie Chan was actually chased down by a mob of fans who recognized him. The mob almost caused Chan’s death when one of them grabbed a hold of his scarf and nearly strangled him as he ran away.
Wah Yuen was Chia Yung Liu’s stunt double.
Michiko Nishiwaki said that the hardest thing for her to do in the film was her fall after she is knocked out by a single punch from Sammo Hung. Since she had to fall comically backward completely straight and stiff she had no way to cushion parts of her body, especially her head, from the fall.
Japanese video version ends with cast and crew mooning the camera.
When the film was submitted for UK cinema a dialogue sequence (in which the men discuss raping the sleeping Barbara) was removed and an 11 sec cut made to shots of a car being broken into, and this print was then released on video. The same cuts (17 secs) were made to the 1999 widescreen video release and DVD releases are also similarly cut, though the dialogue has been replaced with less offensive material.
In order to receive an BBFC 15 rating, the English version of “My Lucky Stars” had to be cut slightly, e.g. a scene showing Fastbuck breaking into a car was removed as was one dialogue scene in the hotel room.
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