|Pedicab Driver (1989)|
|Starring:||Sammo Hung, Max Mok, Nina Li, Billy Chow, and Lau Kar Leung|
Without meaning any offense to the fans out there, Hong Kong melodrama can be a real pain to try and sit through. For my tastes, it is often very cliche and taken far over-the-top. While Pedicab Driver is guilty of implementing many of these poor traits, the reasoning behind the melodrama sits very well with me. There are some true human touches found in the story of Ping and Malted Candy (Max Mok). There are many cliches at work in this subplot focusing on a hooker with a heart of gold, but the small nuances of the characters are what makes this small arc work so well. The arguments between Ping and Malted Candy seem very realistic and the performances, when Max Mok isn’t going absolutely over-the-top, can be quite touching. The film dances between bluntly serious drama and goofy humor, but the resulting mix works well in a rather ludicrous way.