Aces Go Places 3
|Aces Go Places 3|
|Directed by||Tsui Hark|
|Produced by||Raymond Wong|
|Written by||Raymond Wong|
|Music by||Noel Quinlan|
|Cinema City & Films Co.|
|Running time||94 minutes|
|Box office||HK$ 29,286,077|
Aces Go Places 3 (Chinese: 最佳拍檔女皇密令) is 1984 Hong Kong action and comedy film directed by Tsui Hark. The film starts in Paris, where King Kong (Sam Hui) is kidnapped by a British secret agent (Jean Marchent) who's mission is to retrieve one of the Crown Jewels which has been stolen and is located in a Hong Kong Police Headquarters vault.
Aces Go Places 3 was the highest grossing film in Hong Kong on its release in 1984 and was the highest grossing film in the series. The film was released in an English-language dub titled Mad Mission 3 which features 20 minutes cut from the original film.
Aces Go Places 3 riffs off the plots of the James Bond series and features cameos from actors in various English-language spy features. These include Peter Graves from the Mission: Impossible television series and Richard Kiel who played Jaws in the The Spy Who Loved Me and Moonraker. The film also features an actor who resembles the character Oddjob.
Aces Go Places 3 was released on January 26, 1984. The film was a success with audiences, becoming the highest grossing film in Hong Kong in the year end box office and was the highest grossing film in the Aces Go Places series. An English-dubbed version of the film was released under the title Mad Mission 3. This version removes about 20 minutes of footage including scenes from the original film with Karl Maka's Albert, the baby and a maid and scenes with Sylvia Chang's character, Ho, in the hospital. This version includes additional comedy scenes with Peter Graves' character.
Allmovie gave the film three stars out of five, noting that the plot for Aces Go Places 3 was "stronger than usual for the series" and "that film's juvenile sense of humor might put off viewers in search of more sophisticated fare, but many others are likely to find the movie too colorful and exciting to be denied." John Charles, author Hong Kong Filmography 1977-1997 awarded the film a six out of ten rating finding the scenes involving Sylvia Chang's and Karl Maka were "tiresome and consist almost exclusively of situations from old sitcoms".
- Morton, Lisa (2009). The Cinema of Tsui Hark. McFarland. ISBN 0-7864-4460-6. Retrieved 22 January 2011.
- Charles, John (2000). The Hong Kong Filmography , 1977-1997. McFarland. ISBN 0786408421.
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