GS352 The Teacher Without Chalk
Golden Sun Films Distribution Ltd.
Albert Mak Kai-Kwong
Nick Cheung Ka-Fai, Yoyo Mung Ka-Wai ,Chapman To Man-Chat
Mildly entertaining low-budget quickie that basically rips off Great Teacher Onizuka with less drama and a much less appealing lead actor. Nick Cheung is a triad who’s hired by old classmate Lo May (the increasingly welcome Yoyo Mung) to teach a class of reprobates.
As you’d expect, they hate him first but later grow to love his eccentric ways. However, things get worse because of school corruption and an evil principal (Tsui Kam-Kong) who’s more ridiculous than evil. Furthermore, Nick has to find a way to get together with Lo May since his rival seems to be a Mandarin-speaking Japanese guy who attempts to be a Takuya Kimura/Yutaka Takenouchi stand-in. Also appearing in a bizarre cameo is Karen Mok as a nun who works at the school and leaves Nick cryptic notes that allow him to help the students plus win Lo May’s heart.
The production is well-meaning and decently produced for an obvious cheapie. I would bag on this movie more but it essentially achieves its goal: mild entertainment. Still, if at all possible I’d catch the 12-hour GTO miniseries from Japan. It’s much more entertaining and really, Nick Cheung IS NOT Takashi Sorimachi. (Kozo 2000)