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Winners and Sinners
Winners and Sinners
(Chinese: 奇謀妙計五福星, also known as 5 Lucky Stars) is a 1983 Hong Kong
Hong Kong
action comedy film written and directed by Sammo Hung, who also starred in the film. The film co-stars Jackie Chan
Jackie Chan
and Yuen Biao, the latter serving as one of the film's action directors. It was the first in the Lucky Stars
Lucky Stars
series of films a highly successful series in Hong Kong. The film co-stars Chan in a significant role as an error-prone police officer. It also features a cameo appearance from Yuen as another police officer who gets into a fight with Chan's character. The film is a semi-prequel to My Lucky Stars
Lucky Stars
and Twinkle, Twinkle Lucky Stars, insofar as the "Five Lucky Stars" concept and many of the same actors return in those latter films. However, the character names and indeed their roles differ - Stanley Fung's character is the nominal "leader" of the quintet in Winners and Sinners, whereas Hung's character takes the mantle in the latter films.

Contents

1 Background 2 Plot 3 International version 4 Cast 5 Awards and nominations 6 DVD release 7 See also 8 References 9 External links

Background Sammo Hung
Sammo Hung
got the idea for the film from an old TV show, in which a group of police officers from different backgrounds worked together, each displaying their own particular skills. By giving the characters humorous and disparate backgrounds, he hoped to make an entertaining film.[1] The film's Chinese title, Five Lucky Stars
Lucky Stars
was chosen as it was evocative of the Seven Little Fortunes (aka "The Lucky Seven"). The Seven Little Fortunes was the name of the performance troupe that included Hung, Chan and Yuen, whilst they attended the Peking Opera School, The China Drama Academy, as children.[1] Plot Five prisoners - Teapot (Sammo Hung), Curly (John Sham), Exhaust Pipe (Richard Ng), Vaseline (Charlie Chin), and Rookie (Stanley Fung) meet in their cell to form a friendship. Rookie assumes the leadership of the group, whilst Teapot is bullied by the others (in the later films, Roundhead, played by Eric Tsang, is the group's victim and Hung's character is the leader). Following their release, they team up with Curly's beautiful sister, Shirley (Cherie Chung), and form a company called the Five Stars Cleaning Co. While most of the group attempt to vie for Shirley's affection, Teapot ultimately forms a relationship with her. A sixth convict, the wealthy Jack Tar (James Tien), is released on the same day. Upon his release, he commences work on his next criminal project: trading counterfeit US and Hong Kong
Hong Kong
currency with an American crime boss. Jack sends his chauffeur to do the exchange at a skating competition, but the chauffeur's insecure attitude attracts the attention of two muggers. The muggers steal the briefcase containing the counterfeit US money and take off. Police officer
Police officer
CID 07 (Jackie Chan) attempts to recover the briefcase containing the phony money, but the case accidentally ends up in the Five Stars Cleaning Co. van. CID 07 continues his pursuit of the muggers, which results in a massive freeway pile-up. Teapot and his friends are unaware of the mishap, and drive away with the case. The chauffeur informs Jack, who orders his men to search for them. Later, Jack hosts a party at his mansion. Teapot and his friends decide to gatecrash, hoping to expand their business with the wealthy guests. They successfully enter the mansion undetected, and while socializing with the other guests, Jack privately meets a Triad boss to discuss a new deal for the counterfeit plates. A bodyguard then realizes the Five Stars Cleaning Co. are there, and alerts Jack, who interrogates Curly. Curly insists he has no knowledge about the case, and the ensuing ruckus causes a physical confrontation between the friends and Jack's bodyguards. The friends narrowly escape, only to be kidnapped by the Triad boss, who secretly wants to cut off the deal with Jack and obtain the plates himself. He orders the friends to give up the case, and holds Shirley hostage. The friends return home and finally discover the case. When they leave to make the dropoff, however, Jack's men arrives. Teapot, Exhaust Pipe, and Vaseline engage them in battle, while Curly leaves to fetch the Triad boss and Rookie goes for help. The Triad boss and his bodyguards arrive, where Jack learns of his motives and turns the fight against him instead. The police arrive, led by Rookie, who reveals himself to be undercover. They arrest Jack and the Triad boss and their men and rewards the friends for their assistance. International version A dubbed version was released in the UK in the late 1980s, and later on DVD in Sweden, which omitted a karaoke sequence in the market stall (with the song performed being Young Turks by Rod Stewart). The 2004 UK DVD release by Hong Kong
Hong Kong
Legends is the original Hong Kong
Hong Kong
version (containing this scene). Cast

Sammo Hung
Sammo Hung
as Teapot John Shum
John Shum
as Curly / Jack So Richard Ng as Exhaust Pipe / Wind Pipe Charlie Chin as Vaseline Stanley Fung as Rookie / Ranks Cherie Chung as Shirley Jackie Chan
Jackie Chan
as CID 07 / Cop #7086 Yuen Biao as CID Agent Moon Lee as CID Agent’s Girlfriend Philip Chan as Inspector James Tien as Jack Tar Mars as Robber Tai Bo as Chai Fung Hak-on as Pat Fung Ging-man as Angry Fisherman Paul Chang as Inspector Dick Wei as Henchman Wu Ma
Wu Ma
as Postman

Awards and nominations

Awards and nominations

Ceremony Category Recipient Outcome

3rd Hong Kong
Hong Kong
Film Awards Best Actor Richard Ng Nominated

Best Action Choreography Yuen Biao, Lam Ching-ying, Billy Chan Won

DVD release On 2 August 2004, DVD was released by Hong Kong
Hong Kong
Legends at the United Kingdom in Region 2. See also

Hong Kong
Hong Kong
portal Film portal Comedy portal 1980s portal

Jackie Chan
Jackie Chan
filmography List of Hong Kong
Hong Kong
films Sammo Hung
Sammo Hung
filmography Yuen Biao filmography

References

^ a b Sammo Hung
Sammo Hung
(2004-08-021). Winners and Sinners, "Tango Teapot" interview with Sammo Hung
Sammo Hung
(DVD). Contender Entertainment Group.  Check date values in: date= (help)

External links

Winners and Sinners
Winners and Sinners
on IMDb Winners and Sinners
Winners and Sinners
at AllMovie

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Films directed by Sammo Hung

The Iron-Fisted Monk
The Iron-Fisted Monk
(1977) Enter the Fat Dragon
Enter the Fat Dragon
(1978) Warriors Two
Warriors Two
(1978) Knockabout (1979) Encounters of the Spooky Kind
Encounters of the Spooky Kind
(1980) The Victim (1980) The Prodigal Son (1981) Carry On Pickpocket
Carry On Pickpocket
(1982) Winners and Sinners
Winners and Sinners
(1983) The Owl vs Bombo
The Owl vs Bombo
(1984) Wheels on Meals
Wheels on Meals
(1984) Heart of Dragon
Heart of Dragon
(1985) My Lucky Stars
Lucky Stars
(1985) Twinkle, Twinkle Lucky Stars
Lucky Stars
(1985) Millionaires Express
Millionaires Express
(1986) Eastern Condors
Eastern Condors
(1987) Dragons Forever
Dragons Forever
(1988) Pedicab Driver
Pedicab Driver
(1989) Pantyhose Hero
Pantyhose Hero
(1990) Slickers Vs. Killers
Slickers Vs. Killers
(1991) Ghost Punting
Ghost Punting
(1992) Moon Warriors
Moon Warriors
(1992) Don't Give a Damn
Don't Give a Damn
(1995) Mr. Nice Guy (1997) Once Upon a Time in China and America
Once Upon a Time in China and America
(1997) The Bodyguard (2016)

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Lucky Stars
Lucky Stars
franchise

Film Series

Winners and Sinners
Winners and Sinners
(1983) My Lucky Stars
Lucky Stars
(1985) Twinkle, Twinkle Lucky Stars
Lucky Stars
(1985) Lucky Stars
Lucky Stars
Go Places (1986) Return of the Lucky Stars
Lucky Stars
(1989) Ghost Punting
Ghost Punting
(1992) How to Meet the Lucky Stars
Lucky Stars
(1996)

Spin-offs

Pom Pom (1984) The Return of Pom Pom (1984) Mr. Boo Meets Pom Pom (1985) Pom Pom S

.