A less-original retread of the same theme — Hong Kong’s ability to survive whatever history can throw at it — “Golden Chicken 2” shows the same facility at spinning on a dime between broad comedy and affecting sentiment. Even more of a showcase for comedienne Sandra Ng, reprising the title role of the brassy hooker who embodies the territory’s chutzpah, this is one for Asia-friendly events. Local B.O. for the Christmas 2003 attraction was OK, but only half the original’s HK$18 million ($2.3 million).
Rather awkwardly framed as a flashback from 2046 — the 50th anni of Hong Kong’s handover to China, and cause for a neat joke about Wong Kar-wai’s long-in-the-works “2046” — story is set during 2003, “the hardest year for Hong Kongers.” Just when she thinks she’d been left on the shelf, now-mature prostie Gum (Ng) inherits a diner from a regular john (Anthony Wong, one of several celeb cameos); but then SARS strikes the territory. Second half, centered on Gum and an unreliable Mainland cousin (Jacky Cheung, excellent) she’s always fancied, is more focused, with some nice emotional twists, plus setup for a possible “GC3.”