Notable Cast: Adam Cheng Siu-Chow, Alexander Fu Sheng, Kara Hui, Hsiao Ho, Lau Kar-Wing, Gordon Liu, Wong Ching-Ho, Lydia Shum Tin-Ha, Johnny Wang, King Lee King-Chu, Cheung Chin-Pang
It’s not surprising that when I was first looking into picking up the Shaw Brothers film Cat vs. Rat, I read a lot of mixed things about the film. Despite being directed by the legendary Liu Chia-Liang and featuring a regular slew of his actors, Cat vs. Rat is a wholly mixed effort even fringing on being one of the lesser films I’ve seen from the Shaw Brothers catalog. If there is anything that this film has going for it, it’s that the focus seems to be on being a ‘fun’ film over anything else, driving towards being a slapstick comedy in the vein of what was popular in the cinemas at the time. However, the sacrifices that the film makes with its narrative, characters, and overall approach for the sake of a joke is not worth it and it ultimately crumbles apart under a scrutinizing eye. It’s a silly movie and taken as such is rather inoffensive, but for those looking for another Liu Chia-Liang classic than this is hardly on that scale.
Jien Chiu (Adam Cheng Siu-Chow) and Bai Yu Tong (Alexander Fu Sheng) have been out to beat one another for a very long time. Both taught under the same teacher (Lau Kar-Wing), their skills are impeccable similar, but each one is out to be the better of the two. When the Emperor (Gordon Liu) shows up in town, the two unwittingly involve him in their duel which leads to a life or death confrontation where the two will have to work together to survive.
|Those hats...are...just...not hats?|
|A battle of nitwits.|
|Go go Rat Formation!|