is one of Michael Hui Koon-man's most enjoyable comedies and serves
as a fine introduction to the brand of humour that made him HK's top
comedian of the 70's and 80's. He plays chocolate-addicted cop Chu
Goo-lik (Cantonese for "chocolate") who hasn't been promoted
in a dog's age and must endure the taunts of his slick co-worker,
Liang (Michael Chow Man-kin). After one foul-up too many, the chief
(Roy Chiao Hung) demotes Chocolate to the "Missing Persons"
desk and further insists that the harried inspector keep an eye on
Chiao-chiao (Anita Mui Yim-fong), a rookie policewoman and
Miss HK contestant, who also happens to be the chief's daughter. Mrs.
Lin (Sibelle Hu Hui-chung), a TV cooking show hostess, has had one
of her twin boys kidnapped, and Chocolate is assigned the task of
recovering the missing child. After bungling an initial arrest, Chocolate,
his partner Egg-tart (Ricky Hui Koon-ying), and Chiao-chiao manage
to apprehend their suspect, but he turns out to be an opportunist
who just wanted to cash in on the situation. Further investigation
and a vital tip from an unlikely source leads Chocolate into a potentially
fatal confrontation with the real perpetrator.
Anita Mui gets
to poke fun at her pop glamour image and the script incorporates ample
opportunities for Hui to launch into both his "slow-burn"
and "humbled sycophant" styles of comedy. However, the funniest
sequence occurs during a stakeout, when Chocolate attempts to pass
himself off as a female dwarf and gets caught in a compromising position
when he has to go into the ladies' room! The film's use of sync sound
recording (very rare on productions from its era) is a major plus,
as Hui's fine-tuned timing and delivery remain spontaneous and natural.
Two comedic bits (a cockroach loose in a bakery kitchen and Hui dressed
up in a giant dog suit) would be reprised and expanded upon for the
comedian's hilarious fast-food send-up, CHICKEN AND DUCK TALK (which
has inexplicably never been released on DVD). Michael Chan Wai-man,
Fung Hark-on, Tai Po, Elvis Tsui Kam-kong, Maria Cordero, and Dennis
Chan Kwok-san also appear. Director Phillip Chan Yan-kin (a fixture
in the HK film industry at the time, though known mainly for his duties
in front of the camera) also co-wrote the film with Hui.