7.1/10
607
5 user 9 critic

The Private Eyes (1976)

Ban jin ba liang (original title)
Private Eyes revolves the characters in a private detective agency headed by Wong Yuk-See (Michael Hui) with two employees, a stuttered, easily bullied Pighead (Ricky Hui) and secretary/... See full summary »

Director:

Michael Hui

Writer:

Michael Hui
Reviews
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Michael Hui ... Wong Yuk-see
Samuel Hui ... Lee Kwok-kit
Ricky Hui ... Pighead (as Goon-Ying Hui)
Angie Chiu ... Jacky (as Agee Chiu)
Richard Ng ... Police Sargeant
Hui-Chi Lu Hui-Chi Lu ... Mrs. Chow (as Wei Ying Lo)
Kien Shih ... Gow-suk - Uncle 9 (as Kin Shek)
Mu Chu ... Mr. Chu (Guest star)
Stanley Hui Stanley Hui ... Love Hotel Manager (Guest star)
Yam Chan Yam Chan ... Softdrink Factory Substitute (Guest star)
Chun Ying Chang Chun Ying Chang ... Love Hotel Customer (Guest star)
Siu-Fong Lai Siu-Fong Lai ... Mrs. Mok
Siu Ping Cheng ... 'Pregnant' Shoplifter
Shun-Yin Leung ... Mrs. Chu (as Suen-yin Leung)
Kim-Wan Chan Kim-Wan Chan ... Mistaken Pickpocket
Learn more

More Like This 

Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

Old Hui runs a restaurant specializing in roast duck. His secret duck recipe is very tasty, but customers and staff alike have to put up with the filthy shop and Hui's cost-cutting way of ... See full summary »

Director: Clifton Ko
Stars: Michael Hui, Ricky Hui, Sylvia Chang
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

Chou Sai-Cheong. a bitter supervisor of a Hong Kong private security company, teaches unusual guard tactics to new recruits such as electric mats, parachuting off burning buildings and ... See full summary »

Director: Michael Hui
Stars: Michael Hui, Samuel Hui, Ricky Hui
The Contract (1978)
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

Struggling actor Chih-Wen (Michael Hui) got a raw deal from his company, MTV Studios, by signing a binding 8-year contract and was only given one opportunity to perform live thus far. Soon,... See full summary »

Director: Michael Hui
Stars: Michael Hui, Ricky Hui, Samuel Hui
Front Page (1990)
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

Hui (Michael Hui), an owner of a Hong Kong tabloid magazine company, hires martial artist Bill Lee (Sam Hui) to help him get a good headliner for a magazine story to, hopefully, save his ... See full summary »

Director: Philip Chan
Stars: Michael Hui, Samuel Hui, Ricky Hui
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

A con man and a small time gambler team up to hustle their way to great fortune.

Director: Michael Hui
Stars: Samuel Hui, Michael Hui, Betty Ting Pei
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

Ah Tim (Michael Hui) is a handy man and Li (Samuel Hui) is a nurse in the Hang Seng Sanitarium. Together thez engage in dubious plots and exploits.

Director: Michael Hui
Stars: Michael Hui, Samuel Hui, Roy Chiao
Comedy | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

This spoof of the Sherlock Holmes stories finds Inspector Winship and Dr. Tart investigating a strange death in a possibly haunted mansion, while dealing with the beautiful heiress and the ... See full summary »

Director: Lang Elliott
Stars: Tim Conway, Don Knotts, Trisha Noble
Action | Crime | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

Thugs sneak into Hong Kong to rob a jewellery store, killing a cop during their getaway. They plan another heist while hiding from the police hunting them down to avenge their slain comrade.

Director: Johnny Mak
Stars: Jing Chen, Ling Chow, Jian Huang
Action | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

Inside a Chinese prison two inmates form a friendship and face the difficulty of life on the inside.

Director: Ringo Lam
Stars: Yun-Fat Chow, Tony Ka Fai Leung, Ka-Kui Ho
Action | Comedy | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

Fresh from prison, five friends try to stay crime free but inadvertently find themselves caught in a Triad war.

Director: Sammo Kam-Bo Hung
Stars: Sammo Kam-Bo Hung, Jackie Chan, John Sham
The Swordsman (1990)
Action | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

A kung-fu manual known as the sacred scroll is stolen from the Emperor's library. An army detachment is sent to recover it. Meanwhile, a young swordsman and his fellow disciple are accidentally drawn into the chaos.

Directors: Siu-Tung Ching, King Hu, and 4 more credits »
Stars: Samuel Hui, Cecilia Yip, Jacky Cheung
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

Filmed in New York, story of naive young woman from Hong Kong who goes to New York to study. Street-wise cabbie cousin takes care of her in the big city

Director: Mabel Cheung
Stars: Yun-Fat Chow, Cherie Chung, Danny Bak-Keung Chan

Photos

Edit

Storyline

Private Eyes revolves the characters in a private detective agency headed by Wong Yuk-See (Michael Hui) with two employees, a stuttered, easily bullied Pighead (Ricky Hui) and secretary/receptionist, Jacky (Angie Chiu). The agency was soon joined by an out-of-work bottling plant employee Lee Kwok-Kit (Sam Hui). Among them, they took on various cases, mostly involving adulterous men and women. Comedic adventures occurred when Wong and Lee carried out these investigations. In the movie's finale, the two were trying to capture a blackmailer to a local theater and it ties several earlier sketches together. Written by traveler85

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Plot Keywords:

detective | spoof | cantonese | See All (3) »

Genres:

Comedy

Certificate:

See all certifications »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

The fight in the kitchen featuring a swordfish, a set of sharks teeth a couple of duck skewers and a set of sausage nunchaku was featured in edited form in the Martial Arts documentary The Best Of Martial Arts. See more »

Connections

References Cannon (1971) See more »

User Reviews

 
Pioneers of A New Generation of Hong Kong Comedies
17 July 2013 | by traveler85See all my reviews

I just watched this again and was laughing so hard at certain parts that I was crying. Private Eyes is not the first of the Hui brothers comedies. They began with a variety show that mimicked the highly popular Laugh In on NBC between the late 60s and early 70s. Both the Hui brothers were educated in English-language schools in Hong Kong and no doubt were highly influenced by western cultures. Sam, by the way, was the lead singer of a local rock band and wrote many of the songs on their movies. Through their work, they also pioneered a new musical trend in Hong Kong that combines western popular music and Chinese lyrics. In their TV shows and movies, you can clearly see the same western influences with a Chinese twist. Other than the much more easily understood slapstick in this movie, parts play on linguistic twists and references to the temper of the times. If you are not familiar with the 70s or do not speak Cantonese, you will miss some of the humor. I've turned on the English subtitle while watching this movie and it is nowhere as funny as it is in Cantonese. Even in traditional Chinese subtitle, something is lost as the Cantonese vernacular dialogue cannot be fully translated into the very formal traditional writing.


2 of 2 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 5 user reviews »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.
Edit

Details

Country:

Hong Kong

Language:

Cantonese

Release Date:

16 December 1976 (Hong Kong) See more »

Also Known As:

The Private Eyes See more »

Filming Locations:

Hong Kong, China

Company Credits

Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
See full technical specs »

Contribute to This Page

Free Movies and TV Shows You Can Watch Now

On IMDb TV, you can catch Hollywood hits and popular TV series at no cost. Select any poster below to play the movie, totally free!

Browse free movies and TV series



Recently Viewed