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Film / Tricky Brains

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Meet Jing-Koo, a trick expert of the highest magnitude who lends his skills to those with enough money. Essentially, he's an assassin if you replaced the weapons with devious devices and mechanisms and the killing with manipulations and causing people to go insane.

He is eventually hired by a man named Macky Kim to ruin the romance between Che Man-Kit and Lucy Ching, who Kim is romantically interested in. Jing accepts the job and disguises himself as Kit's long lost brother, who takes very much after their eccentric father Yan. Posing as Che's ditzy sibling, Jing goes on to ruin Kit and Lucy's relationship any chance he gets.

Hilarity Ensues.

Tricky Brains, also known as The Ultimate Trickster, stars Stephen Chow and Andy Lau and is directed by Wong Jing.


Tricky Brains provides examples of:

  • Accidental Kiss: Under the influence of an aphrodisiac, Kit spasms as he tries to get his sexual desires under control. During this, he accidentally kisses Jing.
  • And Now You Must Marry Me: A somewhat more positive version where Banana makes good on her promise to marry Jing in exchange for helping the Che family.
  • Ashface: Yan eats an explosive grape, leading to this.
  • Bag of Holding: Jing's box of tricks that he uses against the Ultimate Trick Expert.
  • Berserk Button: Inverted. Kit's father becomes absolutely estatic and screams "Papa!" whenever someone mentions any words meaning "father."
  • Bolt of Divine Retribution: Jing swears that if he lies again, he'll be struck down by thunder. Then it happens not two seconds later. Followed by repeated attempts when Jing swears yet again. Then it turns out the bolts of lightning were not aimed at him, but some guy outside the apartment.
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  • Character Development: Jing eventually comes to grow fond of the Che family.
  • Chekhov's Gun: The irresistible aphrodisiac.
  • Comically Missing the Point: When Lucy points out a "I <3 U" sign on a window, Kit reads it as "IOU".
  • Crossdresser: Yan disguises himself as Kit's date when they go to Macky's party.
  • Gay Moment: Jing and Kit accidentally kiss while the latter was under the influence of an aphrodisiac.
  • Genre Savvy: Jing is well-versed in trickery enough to know that the gift basket Macky and the Ultimate Trick Expert left in his office is filled with explosive fruit.
  • Hulking Out: Kit is forcefed some "irresistible aphrodisiac" and becomes extremely muscular and strong instead of overdosing and dying like intended.
  • Impostor Exposing Test: Kit and Yan, while joyed at finding a long-lost family member, realizes that they don't have any proof of their relation and decide to conduct an impromptu blood test. Luckily for Jing, his blood type is O-, which mixes with any blood type thus tricking Kit and Yan into believing he is for real.
  • Instant Costume Change: Jing somehow changes into a business suit while Yan briefly turned around.
  • Leave Him to Me: Jing confronts and faces off against the Ultimate Trick Expert while Yan and Kit go to confront Macky.
  • Love Potion: Kit is fed an "irresistible aphrodisiac" by Jing in an attempt to ruin a date he and Lucy are on. Luckily, Kit managed to avoid making a fool of himself.
  • Luke, You Are My Father: Jing invokes this trope to infiltrate Kit's family and get close to him. Then the ending reveals that Jing is indeed Kit's long-lost brother via a one night stand Yan had.
  • Nice Guy: Kit.
  • The Rival: The Ultimate Trick Expert to Jing and Kit to Macky.
  • Rule of Funny
  • Sanity Slippage: Appears to be the worst thing to happen if Jing is ever hired to trick you, as exemplified by his first on-screen victim.
  • Strong Family Resemblance: invokedJing's mother is basically a gender-bent version of Jing. Both are played by Stephen Chow.
  • The Trickster: Jing-Koo is a master at this trope, along with his eventual nemesis, the Ultimate Trick Expert.]]is not]].
  • Truth Serums: The Ultimate Trick Expert shoves a bun full of "Honest Paste" into Jing's mouth to make him tell the truth for thirty seconds. However, Jing manages to switch the bun out with one filled with "Lying Paste." He then gives the Expert a lolipop that causes him to ashamedly reveal his past crimes. Also that he's gay.
  • Wedding Deadline: Subverted in that while the circumstances and measures taken are what one would expect, the main characters are actually trying to stop Macky from proposing to Lucy.

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