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Twinkle Twinkle Lucky Stars, also named The Target on its western release, or My Lucky Stars 2, if not Winners & Sinners 3 if you want to consider that as part of a continuation to the series.  What you must realise with this line of comedic outings by the legendary Sammo Hung is that these are not actually the "Jackie Chan" flicks that they have been touted as being ... as they were on their initial release right up to today's promotional blurb from Hong Kong Legends themselves!  So depending on which Lucky Stars installment you watch, Jackie Chan may only appear in it for a total of around 10 to 20 minutes each.

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Twinkle Twinkle Lucky Stars is definitely not for everybody, mainly due to the relatively moronic behaviour displayed by the six main comedians on-screen.  As Bey Logan will argue, this is yet another interpretation of the "horny guys" routine which proved successful in Asia, just as the many 1980s US productions like Animal House and Revenge of the Nerds had won over their audiences, as well as the Carry On films in 1928 and beyond in the UK.  Still, if one doesn't warm to the stylings of six desperately under-sexed males doing everything they can to cop a feel, then I'm afraid you'll just have to settle for the incredible action set-pieces that are scattered throughout - the first of which doesn't really occur until about a half-hour into the movie (except maybe for the "shooting a bloke on a parasail" sequence), but there's a good 20 minutes of the stuff here worth savouring for the determined of you out there.

Honestly, the plot doesn't even rate a mention here - it has something to do with six bumbling guys who don't end up saving the day anyway (except for Sammo).  From what I recall from the first movies, this sequel finally settles into its comfort zone and is not quite as inspired as before, but the action is still first-rate.

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As is always the case with HKL, they have again come up with the goods.  This film is now venturing into the antiquity level of existence as it is nearly 20 years old now and the age certainly shows with the fashions of the day, but the film-negatives have been given as much of a cleanup as is possible with today's technology and the results are quite favourable in the end.

Firstly there is quite a lot of minor telecine wobble present (which is understandable for this end of the filming budget) but it certainly does add to the charm that these comic films are famous for and no doubt it would not be the same without the slight unrest of the image on-screen.  Overall the black level and shadow detail hold up remarkably well given the age and condition of the original source elements without being detrimental to the viewing experience, the darker sequences especially are good enough to watch even though most of the colours and contrast levels are quite muted.  Speaking of colour this is nothing to write home about, however you are quite able to identify every hue imaginable even if they don't stand a mile out.  Film grain, dirt and artifacts are kept at bay for pretty much the entire running time too.

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These remixed soundtracks ultimately end up being the stock-standard affair that is typically expected for a low-budget Hong Kong comedy-(action) movie.  HKL have done as much as they can with the soundmix sources on offer to give us the general impression of a mainly mono experience with a bit of surround, sub-woofer and split left/right front speaker usage to throw us off track a bit.  Both the Cantonese and English soundtracks are housed in a full 5.1 DD encoding which is practically overkill for a film such as this, however they are both equally enjoyable with the dialogue being easily understood.

Even if the movie itself is not everyone's cup of tea, the supplemental material that's housed on this DVD (and the action-scenes themselves) will hopefully go someway to making up for the lesser material.  

Get your pen and paper handy, because it's yet another audio commentary from the Hong Kong Cinema walking encyclopedia known as Bey Logan.  This resident guru spouts out another 500 or more little anecdotes regarding the other movies each actor has been involved with as well as the apologies for and explanations of the "buffoonish" style of comedy that is part and parcel for Chinese movies and TV.

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From the interview gallery are two excellent sets of discussions, both of which will leave you internally chuckling at some of their recollections:

The first interview is another brilliant foray into the memory of Richard Norton (the caucasian bad guy) running at 33 minutes, he was also involved in the previous HKL DVD release of City Hunter.  Richard Norton presents a genuinely interesting look into his personal history of martial arts and eventual collaboration with Jackie Chan and Co, he has also allowed many of his personal photographs to be shown within the interview itself.  I myself have been involved with the Tae Kwon Do discipline for the last couple of years (thanks Stella ;), so I can probably better relate to his understanding of the martial arts world as a result, and appreciate the commitment and interest that one must involve themselves in when pursuing what can be a rewarding personal experience in any discipline of the mind, body and soul.

The other interview is from one of the central comedians Richard Ng (the so-called Sammy Davis Jr of Hong Kong cinema) running at 21 minutes.  Richard Ng is Hong Kong born but actually raised in the UK so his English is comparitively better than most other local Hong Kong based actors that I have heard on the HKLs stable of interviews for their DVDs.  This is just as informative whereby he discusses the main problems with the "forced" style of Chinese comedy that does not translate well for the more "subtle" of western comic sensibilities (as well as the "word play"), the happenings on the set and various locations, then finally Sammo Hung's remarkable methods of direction and stunt choreography.

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The trailer gallery includes the usual original theatrical and HKL UK promos for the movie that are always present with each of their DVDs.  There are another five movie trailers for this label and three for their other label Premier Asia (all UK promo based).  And in an unusual move (most likely due to rotten timing for the rights finally coming through to HKL), there are the out-takes for My Lucky Stars on this DVD, which ultimately proves less than entertaining than the usual fluff-ups we love and adore.

Purely for the completists only, this DVD will help to complete your collection of 1980s Hong Kong action flicks.  However, the only problem for those who just want to click onto the next stunt-sequence is that it's not immediately obvious whether the next chapter you've selected will actually house one or not.

Here's hoping that we will might eventually see the two best "three brothers collaborations" ever made (with Jackie Chan, Sammo Hung and Yuen Biao) ... Wheels On Meals and Dragons Forever.