|Master of Disaster (1981)|
|Director:||Lau Kar Wing|
|Starring:||Alexander Fu Sheng, Chang Chan Peng, Wang Lung-wei and Gordon Liu|
|The Plot: Roaming con artist Chi Ta Po (Alexander Fu Sheng) joins forces with the black sheep of a rich socialite family, Chow Su (played by Chang Chan Peng), in order to find a hidden treasure. The gold in question is the long-lost booty of a pirate by the name of Chan Po-chu, and its whereabouts have been a mystery for years up until this point. When they track down their first clue, owned by a antiques dealer (played by the film’s director, Lau Kar Wing), they discover that a evil priest named Wu Sheng (Gordon Liu) appears to have the treasure for himself. Tied in with all of this mystery is the Lord Mo Chung (played by Wang Lung-wei), who is not nearly as nice as he appears on the outside. With a giant sum of gold at stake, this means that everyone will be after these two goofs. Including the police inspector, Lord Mo and a army of other bad guys! Will they survive and find the gold, or will these forces prove too much for our idiotic heroes?|
Narratively, the movie seems fairly strong. After Fu Sheng and Chang Chan Peng discover the first hint that there is a treasure, the movie takes off on its natural series of progressions and it rarely relents. While the movie does start to feel rather episodic at times, due to the “jokey” nature of the film, it does generally stay focused. There are simply moments, such as the library sequence, that feel as if they take on a life of their own, rather than adding to the story at hand. The story itself is actually quite interesting, certainly for this sort of picture. Treasure hunting stories have a very unique style to their narratives, where exposition becomes almost as entertaining as the action, and Master of Disaster is no different. As our two leads stumble from one action set-piece to another, they become engulfed in the hunt for this treasure more and more.