Run Tiger Run- -
Two street urchins meet up with a sad and lonely rich kid. They become friends when the kid's shady uncle mistakes them for his nephews.
An oddball little item from Korea’s youngest female helmer, John Woo’s second comedy made in Taiwan – and his last slapstick before moving back to Hong Kong and hitting the big time with A Better Tomorrow- is a return to his ultra-cartoony style of Follow the Star(1978), with even the opening sequence paralleling Roy Chiao’s wake-up routine in the earlier film.
Though the film was a box-office flop at the time, it’s in many ways more entertaining than his previous Taiwan comedy, The Time You Need a Friend, with wild physical gags and an ending which shows the movie’s basic audience is young children. Amodern version of The Prince and the Pauper, it’s almost entirely shot on two large studio sets: a lakeside hovel where the impoverished Teddy (Teddy Robin) lives with his young son Benny (Bin Bin), and a stately, all-white mansion where a billionaire (guest star Tsui Hark) lives with his lonely, spoilt son Baby (also Bin Bin). When Baby’s father dies, his wicked uncle (Frank Hsu) takes over the house, intent on killing Baby to get his hands on the family fortune. With the connivance of his new nanny (Pan Ying-tzu) Baby pretends to run away; the uncle’s goons go looking for him and, in the street one day, mistake Benny for Baby… Woo has always refused to talk about his two Taiwan movies, made at the lowest ebb of this career, and critics have dismissed them (largely on the basis of received opinion, rather than first-hand viewing). But Run Tiger Runis a lively, inventive finish to the first phase of Woo’s career, neatly completing a circle begun eight years earlier at Golden Harvest. Taiwanese TV star Pan is a particular delight, and Hong Kongers Robin and Tsui keep the physical schtick going.
Thanks to Far East Film Festival