After Cher’s slimy fiance is murdered, Mumble is rehired as her bodyguard, as well as stalked by the mysterious Wai-heung (Jessica Suen), who believes he was responsible for her father’s death. Mumble is forced to put his courting of Cher on hold, though. First her father is kidnapped, and then some of Mumble’s former commando buddies are hired to take Mumble out.
Dressed in the same sharp jacket and red T-shirt throughout, and possessing amazing skills beneath his laid-back front, Mumble comes across as a likable reprobate who’s putty in the hands of anything in a skirt. Chow plays him straight and with considerable charm, and the rest of the cast — from cute, miniskirted Pauline Suen to the hotsy Chung — play it to the limit with their cartoonish characters. Glamorous Francoise Yip adds a touch of class as Mumble’s former boss, who’s immune to his charms.
Stunts and action sequences are inventive, and the physical comedy packed with running jokes and not reliant on the usual Cantonese mugging and pratfalls. Though the whole package is relentlessly hip, it has a good-natured charm that’s winning, and hardly ever flags. Tech credits are good, and the main musical theme is catchy.