The Fun, the Luck & the Tycoon

The Fun, the Luck & the Tycoon

Film poster
Traditional 吉星拱照
Simplified 吉星拱照
Mandarin Jí Xīng Gǒng Zhào
Cantonese Gat1 Sing1 Gung6 Ziu3
Directed by Johnnie To
Produced by Catherine Hun
Screenplay by Hoi Tik
Based on Coming to America
by Eddie Murphy
Starring Chow Yun-fat
Sylvia Chang
Nina Li Chi
Lawrence Cheng
Music by Lo Tayu
Fabio Carli
Cinematography Horace Wong
Edited by Wong Ming-gong
Distributed by Golden Princess Amusement
Release dates
  • 18 January 1990 (1990-01-18)
Running time
86 minutes
Country Hong Kong
Language Cantonese
Box office HK$20,292,057

The Fun, the Luck & the Tycoon is a 1990 Hong Kong comedy film directed by Johnnie To and starring Chow Yun-fat, Sylvia Chang, Nina Li Chi and Lawrence Cheng. The film is a remake of the 1988 American film, Coming to America.[1][2]


Lam Bo-sang (Chow Yun-fat), who was born into a wealthy family, is the richest man in Hong Kong who is rich enough to build a space station. Sang, who lives in a luxury villa like a palace being served by many maids, is envied and worshiped by millions of people. However, he does not enjoy this type of lifestyle. He does not like to reap with sowing, nor buying extravagant jewelry that would worth forty years of salaries for others and most of all, he does not want to follow his grandaunt's (Ouyang Sha-fei) arranged arrange between him and his cousin Cindy (Nina Li Chi) because all his property would belong to her. He just wants to live a happy life like an ordinary civilian. While his grandaunt was not home, Sang disguises as a civilian and runs away from him.

At a charity gala, Sang work as a handyman and there, he met Hung Leung-yuk (Sylvia Chang), the younger sister of Hung Tung-tung Food Company's boss Mr. Hung (Ha Yu). Sang was attracted by Yuk's wisdom and beauty and he falls in love with her at first sight. Then, Sang becomes an employee at their fast food restaurant and he was able to get close to Yuk with the help of his loyal butler Fatso (Wong San). This causes Tung's plan to match-make her sister with wealthy man Jimmy Chiu (Lawrence Cheng) to fail.

With his new life, Sang has become very energetic. While working at the restaurant, he gets to know the smart and lovely little kid Rocky (Wong Kwan-yuen) and four strong-willed brothers (Beyond) whom are his colleagues. Sang has won Yuk's appreciation and love for him. However, Jimmy, Cindy and Tung would not let things go smoothly. After many understandings, Sang was finally able to be together with Yuk and live a happy and simple life just like any other ordinary civilian.




Andrew Saroch of Far East Films rated the film 3 out of 5 stars and writes "The Fun, The Luck And The Tycoon is not hilarious or particularly side-splitting, but the humour is such that it hits the mark in a subtle manner. Therefore this is an agreeable Chow Yun-fat comedy that is mostly successful in its modest ambitions."[1]

Box office

The film grossed HK$20,292,057 at the Hong Kong box office during its theatrical run from 18 January to 15 February 1990 in Hong Kong.

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