Aces Go Places (最佳拍檔, also known as "Mad Mission" in the US) is a 1982 Hong Kong action-comedy film directed by Eric Tsang, starring Sam Hui and Karl Maka.When a suave burglar King Kong (Hui) makes off with diamonds and comes under the investigation of multiple parties, the US pair detective Albert Au a.k.a. Kodojak (Maka) with the Hong Kong inspector Nancy Ho (Sylvia Chang) to recover the diamonds. Things complicate when the jewel thief "White Glove" becomes involved, and King Kong eventually decides to amend for his old ways and help the team recover the diamonds.
A.I. Is a Crapshoot: Not so much the police computer in Aces Go Places 3. It only needs the right input, read, it has to be asked the right questions to give out a useful answer. Kodojak learns it the hard way by asking the computer who might have some use for a rope (lots of people appear on the screens) or who might want diamonds (lots of women appear on the screen), for when he asks the computer straight away who stole the Crown Jewels, King Kong's face is plastered all over the screens.
Awesome, but Impractical: King Kong's harpoon gun. Sure, it made for some epic sequences, but the fact that it must be assembled before use and that it requires it to be present at the location before hand meant that it was only used only during those two aforementioned sequences.
Chekhov's Gun: The diamonds King Kong steals in the beginning: the theft drives the American government and the Italian Mafia after King Kong, and thus, forms the basis for the entire story.
Cool Bike: The enduro from Aces Go Places 3. Not only does it have some cool bodywork, but it even valmorphanizes into a jetski.
Cool Car: All those vehicles armed to the teeth. Also, sort of, those wacky kit cars based on VW Beetles.
The Alleged Car: Kodojak hints at the VW kit car being all looks and lacking power in the first film.
From today's point of view, the BMW 2002s wrecked in the same movie would qualify as cool cars.
Crazy-Prepared: King Kong, especially in the first film. Beyond the gear that he carries onto the roof of the building from which he launches his caper (including a harpoon), he has an enduro motorcycle stashed away in a supply room in the building he broke into — and an ultra-lightweight aircraft hidden in a construction tent.
In the sequel, when he and Kodojak end up in the dry dock facing the kill bot, he carries a suitcase full of various little weaponized robots which take on the big one.
Creator Cameo: Tsui Hark keeps appearing in the films, but his cameo in Aces Go Places 2 takes the cake: He plays a man who claims to be an FBI agent, complete with an FBI label inside his jacket. For a moment, King Kong feels safe with him around, especially after he announced police sirens to be heard. The sound of sirens does appear, but they belong to an ambulance that comes to take the "FBI agent" back to the asylum. Better yet: Until the end of the movie, only King Kong and Kodojak know that he's a nuthouse escapee while everyone else including police and military not only believe but rely on him being an FBI agent and bomb specialist.
Drives Like Crazy: Kodojak. A gang of bank robbers try to make him their spontaneous getaway driver (never mind that he's a cop) which ends very quickly in a crash. So it's up to King Kong to do most of the driving.
Dub Name Change: The German dub changed the names of most main characters. For example:
Gag Dub: The German dub takes the humour in the first three movies a lot farther than the original or the English dub. Then again, the Aces Go Places movies were dubbed in a time inspired by The Persuaders! when such dubs were all the rage.
Gentleman Thief: During the diamond heist in the movie's opening, King Kong escapes via a bungie cord and breaks through an apartment window. He apologizes for breaking in, explains that the elevator is out of service and bids the residents farewell before leaving.
Gratuitous English: One of the Cantonese inspectors begins his statements in English until the British inspector reminds him that everyone in the room can understand Cantonese.
Heel-Face Turn: After falling head over heels for Ho's younger sister, King Kong immediately agrees to help Ho and Kodojak recover the diamonds.
Lie Detector: The police of Hong Kong has got one which Kodojak connects King Kong to. Needless to say that King Kong has his share of fun with the appartus: When asked about Kodojak's hair color, King Kong says that it's none because he's bald. The detector identifies this as the truth, somewhat to Kodojak's displeasement.
Love Makes You Dumb: How King Kong inadvertently reveals the location of the diamonds to White Glove.
The Mafia: The Italian Mafia hire White Glove to recover the diamonds.
One of the girls onto whose backside Gigolo Joe had the coordinates tattooed is the sister of a local gangster boss. He isn't pleased to say the least when he finds out that King Kong and Kodojak took pictures of her bare buttocks.
Modesty Towel: Played with in Aces Go Places 2. King Kong dresses up for his new Love Interest, just to see her fresh out of the shower and wearing nothing but a Modesty Towel. He expects things to become cozier, goes back to his room, undresses and returns in a towel himself. She, however, is dressed now and asks him if it isn't a bit cold without clothes on.
Aces Go Places 2: The man who orders Filthy Harry to kill King Kong and Kodojak has quite some resemblance to Henry Kissinger.
Aces Go Places 3: It seems like King Kong is hired by Queen Elizabeth II and Sir James Bond 007 (implying that Bond is real as opposed to being a fictional character) to "steal back" the Crown Jewels. The two turn out to be a mother-and-son team of criminal impostors.
The best example would be Aces Go Places 3: Inspector Ho puts the building in which the Crown Jewels are stored under heaviy police surveillance to keep King Kong from stealing the Crown Jewels and has Kodojak take his buddy to dinner to have an eye or two on him. What does King Kong do? Steal the Crown Jewels.
One has to wonder what exactly made Kodojak such a "renowned" police detective.
Super Drowning Skills: When White Glove's car barrels over the pier, White Glove shouts for someone to save him, as he can't swim.
Tastes Like Feet: The steak Kodojak has at Lieutenant Ho's place "tastes like cottonwood."
The German Gag Dub is even more elaborate: It tastes and smells like buffalo hoof and is as juicy as a piece of carpet.
The Teaser: Subverted in that the opening has very much to do with the plot of the movie.
They Fight Crime: Well, Kodojak is a cop, but the movies tend to end with King Kong being the leading crime-fighter, also because Kodojak wouldn't get anything properly done without him.
Time Bomb: Once White Glove finds out that King Kong knows where the diamonds are, he immediately calls one of his henchmen to recover the bomb and ensure his safety. Since it's a Time Bomb, the henchmen throws the bomb out the window, and it lands on the roof of the van White Glove is in. Naturally, the van is destroyed in the explosion.
Transforming Mecha: Aces Go Places 2. The kill bot that was sent to eliminate King Kong with weapons like exploding rocket fists transforms from two remote-controlled helicopters. It'd be a nice addition to King Kong's toy robot collection, weren't it out to kill him.
Unusual User Interface: The computer in Aces Go Places 3 has got speech recognition as its only input device and a wall of screens as its output device.