Mr. Boo Meets Pom Pom
AKA: Mister Boo Meets Pom Pom
Year of release: 1985
Director: Wu Ma
Stars: Michael Hui, John Shum, Richard Ng, Terry Hu, Philip Chan, Wu Ma
Rated I for mild violence
Version reviewed: Universe DVD
Like many viewers, I've never really been a big fan of John Shum's "antics". I personally find the frizzy-haired oaf to be one of the unfunniest comedians to ever darken a screen in Hong Kong cinema. So I went into Mr. Boo Meets Pom Pom with pretty low expectations -- and unfortunately, it didn't really exceed them at all.
The film has Michael Hui reprising his popular "Mr. Boo" character, and this time he's teaming up with "Pom Pom" (the duo of Shum and Richard Ng -- I have no idea what the name means, either). The flimsy plot deals with Mr. Boo having some martial troubles because of an evil Japanese guy, so the trio head to Japan to settle the score. So, yeah, the story isn't that exciting, and the jokes aren't that great, either.
Michael Hui is capable of so much better than this, and it seems to show. He really looks bored throughout the picture, and that feeling translates to the viewer. Mr. Boo Meets Pom Pom isn't the worst Hong Kong comedy I've seen (and I will admit that I might have not gotten all of the jokes), but it generated so few chuckles -- much less belly laughs -- that I can only give this a mild recommendation.
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