Carry On Pickpocket

Carry On Pickpocket

Film poster
Traditional 提防小手
Simplified 提防小手
Mandarin Tǐ Fáng Xiǎo Shóu
Cantonese Tai4 Fong4 Siu2 Sau2
Directed by Sammo Hung
Produced by Frankie Chan
Guy Lai
Written by Barry Wong
Starring Sammo Hung
Frankie Chan
Deanie Ip
Richard Ng
Natalis Chan
Didi Pang
Lau Hak-suen
Music by Frankie Chan
Philip Chan
Cinematography Ricky Lau
Edited by Peter Cheung
Keung Chuen-tak
Always Good Films
Release dates
  • 31 March 1982 (1982-03-31)
Running time
102 minutes
Country Hong Kong
Language Cantonese
Box office HK$11,809,432

Carry On Pickpocket is a 1982 Hong Kong action comedy film directed by Sammo Hung, whom also stars in it alongside Frankie Chan, Deanie Ip and Richard Ng. Hung, along with his stunt team, the Sammo Hung Stuntmen's Association, Yuen Biao, Lam Ching-ying and Billy Chan served as action directors. Hung received the Best Actor award at the 2nd Hong Kong Film Awards and shared it with Karl Maka for Aces Go Places.


Hung Tai-kong aka "Rice Pot" (Sammo Hung) and Chan Yin-tung aka "Chimney" (Frankie Chan) are two brothers who work with their master Kam Ming (Lau Hak Suen) and his daughter Ann (Didi Pang) as a team of pickpockets. Rice Pot, Chimney and Ann later meet Inspector Ling Ah-nam (Deanie Ip), who is investigating a diamond robbery and later becomes Rice Pot's girlfriend. She tells Rice Pot that she has to leave for 2 to 3 months. He finds out that she lied to him, and later she explains to him and reveals that she is on an undercover mission. Ling asks the three of them to help her snatch a box of diamonds from Chow Ming-shing (Peter Chan Lung).

Later, troubled cop Ng Heung-kan (Richard Ng) runs into Rice Pot and Chimney. Finding out that they are pickpockets, Ng becomes desperate to arrest them.

After successfully getting the diamonds, Ling has them pretend to give Chow the diamonds in order to arrest Chow. However, the diamond that Ling gives them are fake and the three of them become suspicious of Ling. Later, a big fight takes place on Chow's ship and a final fight with Rice Pot against one of Shing's henchmen (Dick Wei).

Ling attempts to flee from Hong Kong with the diamonds and the three of them find her in the airport. Rice Pot manages to snatch the diamonds from her, only to run into Ng, who is patrolling there and causes him to drop them.

In the end, there is an epilogue written in text for each character. Rice Pot, Chimney and Ann are charged with theft and murder. They are sentenced to 7, 5 and 3 years to prison respectively. Kam is charged with theft and receiving stolen goods and sentenced to 2 years. Ling is charged with impersonating a cop and cheating, and is sentenced to 10 years. Sergeant Ng is promoted to police inspector for discovering an international criminal group.


Cast Role
Sammo Hung Hung Tai-kong / Rice Pot
Frankie Chan Chan Yin-tung / Chimney
Deanie Ip Ling Ah-nam
Richard Ng Sergeant Ng Heung-kan
Natalis Chan Man who asks to dance with Ling (cameo)
Didi Pang Ann Kam
Lau Hak-suen Kam Ming / Teacher
Peter Chan Lung Chow Ming-shing
Dick Wei One of Chow's henchmen
Lau Chau-sang One of Chow's henchmen
Cho Tat-wah Glasses Cop
James Tien Ng's superior
Wu Ma Man taking photo at airport (cameo)
Yuen Biao Man at bank (cameo)
Billy Chan Disco Thug
Johnny Cheung Thug


Ceremony Category Recipient Outcome
2nd Hong Kong Film Awards Best Actor Sammo Hung Won

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