Time really does fly – Hong Kong film Fight Back to School is celebrating its 30th anniversary this year. Directed by Gordon Chan, the action comedy showcases Stephen Chow Sing-chi’s personal charm through endlessly amusing nonsensical lines and exaggerated reactions. Which celebrities renounced their Chinese citizenships? The plot of the movie is pretty straightforward. Star Chow (played by Stephen Chow) is a failed team leader in the Hong Kong Police Force’s elite Special Duties Unit. Thanks to his youthful looks, he is deployed by the police commissioner to a embark on a secret mission – attend a secondary school as an undercover student to recover his boss’ stolen revolver. Seeing Star adapt to school life is where most of the funny scenes come from, but there’s also romance between Star and Miss Ho ( played by Sharla Cheung Man ), and some action scenes as Star cracks down on an arms-dealing gang. If you haven’t watched it yet, you can check out Fight Back to School on Netflix … or impress fellow film buffs with some fun facts below. Chow was not the first choice for the lead It’s almost impossible to imagine anyone other than Chow stepping into the lead role of Star. However, it’s actually widely rumoured that Canto-pop singer Hacken Lee Hak-kan was first approached to play the role, but he turned down the opportunity, thinking that it did not suit him. Popular in the late 80s and early 90s, Lee’s acting as the leading man in a few TVB dramas was well received. It’s also rumoured that the screenplay was changed once Chow was confirmed to be the lead. Carina Lau’s best bling, from her Cartier tiara to elusive Tiffany pieces It was Hong Kong’s top-grossing film of 1991 The movie became the highest-grossing film in Hong Kong back in 1991, with box office earnings totalling HK$43.8 million (US$5.6 million). It broke the previous record held by All for the Winner from 1990, which also starred Chow in the lead role. Fight Back to School also set the trend for similar school films. In addition to the sequels Fight Back to School II and Fight Back to School III , there were also films such as Truant Heroes and To Miss with Love. (They share similar titles to Fight Back to School in Chinese, but are not at all related to it.) It was filmed in Sha Tin College Edinburgh College attended by Star was completely fictional, but you can still pop round to Sha Tin College in Hong Kong to take a look at the filming location. Established in 1982, the international secondary school is located in Fo Tan and is a member of the English Schools Foundation (ESF). Chances are some of your acquaintances could be alumni from there. The chemistry teacher knew his chemical elements The “absent-minded” chemistry teacher played by the late Tsang Kan-wing may appear for less than five minutes, but it is definitely a memorable role. Tsang was actually a Chinese teacher for over 30 years before joining the world of showbiz. He was famous for his rich housekeeping knowledge and sharing cleaning hacks using caustic soda on TV programmes, which earned him the title of “Prince Caustic”. This was not the last time Stephen Chow paired up with Richard Ng Man-tat and Sharla Cheung Man If you’re a fan of old Hong Kong films, you probably recognise Chow’s partnership with Richard Ng Man-tat and Sharla Cheung Man , as they starred in a number of films together in the 90s, not just Fight Back to School . Tony Leung’s 80s TV career: before Shang-Chi, he trained with Stephen Chow In fact, Chow and Cheung appeared in over 10 films together in just over five years. The starlet portrayed Lady Dream in All for the Winner , one of Chow’s eight wives in Royal Tramp (a wuxia comedy based on legendary writer Louis Cha’s novel The Deer and the Cauldron ), and the iconic Miss Ho in the Fight Back to School trilogy, of course. Want more stories like this? Sign up here. Follow STYLE on Facebook , Instagram , YouTube and Twitter .