Dragon Loaded 2003- -
Cantonese pop star Ronald Cheng stars as spoiled rich kid Dragon Lung, who spends his days idly loafing with his fellow teenaged trust-fund brats, Sue-hei (Sam Lee) and Gold (Tat-ming Cheung). When the trio's frustrated fathers force their sons to attend a police academy for some much-needed discipline (or else face the loss of their hefty inheritances), the would-be cadets bungle their way through boot camp in a series of madcap, gun-fueled hijinx.
Surprise summer hit Dragon Loaded pitched an unlikely leading man in Ronald Cheng to audiences with a rough-edged and farcical police comedy.
The movie’s patchwork of a plot sees playboy Dragon (Cheng) and his rich mates Gold (Cheung Tat-ming) and Hei (Sam Lee) join the Hong Kong Police with the sole intention to get kicked off the force. Despite doing all they can to be given the boot, their plan doesn’t work and they are moved from the cadet school to the Trainee Intern Scheme. When Dragon gets eyes for fellow new cop Stephy (Stephy Tang), he tries to clean up his act as he tries to impress her. The Trainee Intern Scheme gets the recruits trying out every aspect of policing but Dragon’s attempts to improve are haphazard under the eye of assistant chief Inspector Iron Ting (Eric Tsang).
It’s only when Iron Ting is faced with a personal crisis without the help of police backup that Dragon has a chance to redeem himself with heroic duty. Dragon Loaded develops in a series of skits littered with trashy humour and care-free nonsense propelled by its star. Cheng, a singer who’d caught viewers’ eyes in a bit part for My Lucky Star earlier in the year, revels in the silliness his character must go through, from ridiculous aerobics scenes to a crass spoof of the Police Report TV show and one of its true-crime skits. The Trainee Intern Scheme scenes let Cheng, Cheung and Lee play cops in a variety of roles and it’s takes an hour before the filmmakers lay the foundations for an SDU-style action finale. Beyond the three male leads, pop singer Tang does well as a young policewoman who idolises perennial screen cop Danny Lee, while Brian Ireland appears as a senior policeman who takes credit for others’ achievements and Jim Chim plays one very odd villain.
Thanks to Far East Film Festival