Mr. Mumble (1996)
Panorama Entertainment / EMC Motion Pictures Ltd.
Ricky Wong, Calor Tan, Jiang Rong, Wong Ying Kit, Jessica Law, Cheng Yuen Man,
Kenny Wong, Jessica Chow, Eddy Liu
Cameo: Jamie Luk Kin Ming, Money Lo, Amy Chung Wai Yi, Herman Yau
Writer: Michael Chow, Gumby Law
Producer: Eric Kee Executive Producer: Eric Kee, Alex Chan
"It's troublesome to chop you into pieces, you're bulky."
In 1991 Andy Lau played the comics character Ryu Saeba in the HK classic Savior of the
Soul. Later on none other than Jackie Chan portrayed Ryu in City Hunter (1993). Now
Michael Chow Man-Kin offers his own take on the character in Mr. Mumble (1996). As
co-writer and star, the beady-eyed actor has fashioned a nice little vehicle for himself
(it is, we are told, “A Michael Chow Film”).
A thin plot houses a truckfull of witty one liners and sight gags. Mr. Mumble, an ace SDU
sniper, is missing from a hostage situation because he is too busy picking up loose women in
a bar. Though it turns out to have only been a training exercise, he is still fired. Then he tries
to woo a pretty babe named Sheron (Paulyn Sun), who happens to be the daughter of triad
boss Chiu Sai Pak, and unwillingly betrothed to another triad boss- her loudmouth cousin
Simon Chan (Simon Loui). They pay Mr. Mumble a hefty sum to bring Sheron back for
marriage. But then Simon is killed by an assassin (Yi Fan Wai). Mr. Mumble becomes
Sheron’s personal bodyguard, and main squeeze. More trouble arrives when Chiu’s former
partner (Chow Chi Fai) betrays him, hiring Mumble’s former SDU commander (Eric Kee)
and entire squad to take the three of them out
Francoise Yip sleepwalks through a small, unnecessary flower vase role, and Jessica
Hester Hsuan has another guest starring part, nothing remarkable. While Michael Chow
is no Jackie Chan, the film is sometimes reminiscent of Jackie's movies, like the inclusion of
some outtakes in the
closing credits, and is not far from qualifying as family entertainment.
Related viewing: City Hunter (1993) Jackie Chan, Chingmy Yau, Richard Norton
Savior of the Soul (1991) Andy Lau, Anita Mui, Aaron Kwok
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