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Golden Chickensss: Funny film with surprising depth

Hong Kong actress Sandra Ng stars in "Golden Chickensss", a film that brings on the laughs with bizarre cameos from big name stars, but also offers a commentary on how Hong Kong has changed over the years.

SINGAPORE: “Golden Chickensss” isn’t just a funny movie.

While it contains countless gags and some truly humorous scenes, “Golden Chickensss” also examines how Hong Kong society has changed over the years, making it a funny movie with surprising depth.

Helmed by Matt Chow, “Golden Chickensss” is the third film in the “Golden Chicken” series and stars Hong Kong actress Sandra Ng as Kam, a prostitute-turned-‘madam’, who supplies expensive prostitutes to wealthy clients.

After a ‘learning trip’ to Japan with the girls who work for her in the first half of the film, Kam returns to Hong Kong to meet with her old flame, the ex-gangster Gordon (Nick Cheung).

Gordon has been in jail for over 15 years, and Kam is determined to help him get back up to speed after his release.

But things do not go quite as planned, as Gordon stubbornly clings to his old identity, in a Hong Kong that he no longer understands.

Kam and Gordon’s tale is the main plot of “Golden Chickensss”, which intersects with the film’s many sub-plots.

The sub-plots are generally very funny, and feature hilarious cameos from a huge number of Hong Kong stars like Donnie Yen, Edison Chen, Eason Chan, Dayo Wong as well as Louis Koo, who plays a Chinese Louis Koo lookalike hired by Kam, to service an overly-dramatic client.  

One sub-plot which stood out is that of Kam’s employee (Ivana Wong) and a gigolo (Ronald Cheng) who happily lets his clients abuse him, but is secretly depressed that he has to do this for a living.

The two share a tender moment at a nightclub and open up to one another after realizing that they are very much alike, and are both just putting on an act to make a living.

Wong’s acting ability is impressive. She handles both humorous and dramatic scenes in the film with equal aplomb.

Cheung also deserves praise for his great portrayal of Gordon, a character who serves as a sort of living embodiment of Hong Kong’s past.

Gordon’s struggle to fit in will set audiences thinking about how the territory has changed over the years, as well as how Hong Kong’s citizens are coping with the dramatic changes it has undergone.

“Golden Chickensss” touches on a variety of issues from Chinese tourists buying milk powder in Hong Kong to the changing face of Hong Kong politics.

This relatively serious side of the film balances the slapstick and sometimes lewd humour which is found in abundance in “Golden Chickensss”.

Although it comes many years after “Golden Chicken” and “Golden Chicken 2”, “Golden Chickensss” still retains many of the elements that made its predecessors great comedy films, and is worth watching despite having a rather messy first half.

Fans of the series should also stick around after the credits start to roll to see a funny extra scene which features a rather familiar face from the previous films.

3/5 stars.

“Golden Chickensss” is rated M18 and is now showing.

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