Directed by Jeffrey Lau
Initial release 2 July 1992 (Hong Kong)
Music director Lowell Lo
Produced by Laura Fau Chiu Li-kuan
Director Jeffrey Lau
Box office 22.81 million HKD
|Mandarin Jiǔ Èr Hēi Méi Guī Duì Hēi Méi Guī|
Cantonese Gau Ji Hak Mui Gwai Deoi Hak Mui Gwai
Awards Hong Kong Film Award for Best Actor, Hong Kong Film Award for Best Supporting Actress
Cast Tony Leung Ka‑Fai, Teresa Mo, Fung Bo Bo, Maggie Shiu, Wong Wan‑sze
Similar Farewell China, Black Rose Academy, Reign Behind the Curtain, Rose Rose I Love You, The Eagle Shooting Heroes
92 Legendary La Rose Noire is a 1992 Hong Kong comedy film written and directed by Jeffrey Lau and starring Tony Leung, Maggie Shiu, Teresa Mo, Wong Wan-sze and Fung Bo Bo. The film was nominated for eight awards at the 12th Hong Kong Film Awards, where Leung won his second Hong Kong Film Award for Best Actor and Fung won her first Hong Kong Film Award for Best Supporting Actress. 92 Legendary La Rose Noire was ranked number 75 of the Best 100 Chinese Motion Pictures at the 24th Hong Kong Film Awards. The film was followed two sequels, one released in 1993 titled Rose Rose I Love You, where Leung reprises his role but features a new storyline, and another released in 1997 confusingly titled Black Rose II, also featuring a new storyline and different cast.
Children's novel writer Butterfly Wong (Maggie Shiu) is unsuccessful in her career and relationship. One time, while attempting suicide, a couple nearby mistaken her for a robber. Wanting to return items left behind by the couple, Butterfly heads to the couple's home, accompanied by her friend, Chow Wai-kuen (Teresa Mo). There, they witness an illegal drug trade, followed by a mutual slaughter among the drug dealers. In order to avoid police suspicion, Butterfly imitates Black Rose, a vigilante character who appeared in 1960s Hong Kong films, and left a note behind. As a result, The real Black Rose's apprentices, Piu-hung (Fung Bo Bo) and Yim-fan (Wong Wan-sze), kidnap Butterfly. Detective Keith Lui (Tony Leung), who has a crush on Butterfly, proceeds to rescue her. However, Piu-hung and Yim-fan mistaken Keith for their ex-lover and locks him up as well.
Andrew Sarooch of Far East Films gave the film a score of 3.5 out of 5 stars praising the performance of actors Tony Leung Ka-fai and Fung Bo Bo, the action sequences and director Jeffrey Lau's direction as "Colourful, genre-defying and almost out-of-control". LoveHKFilm gave the film a positive review, praising Leung's comedic performance and states although the film "may lose some people, but it nonetheless possesses its own unique sensibilities and an inexplicable bizarre charm".
The film HK$22,806,044 at the Hong Kong box office during its theatrical run from 2 July to 23 December 1993.