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Better than Kung Fu Hustle!
Jeuk Sing (Siu-hung Chung and Jing Wong, 2005)
Jeuk Sing, released in English-speaking countries as Kung Fu Mahjong, was enough of a success in its native China that it inspired two equally cheap sequels (as I write this in August 2012, you can see the entire trilogy on Netflix Streaming, though how long it will last there is anyone's guess). But, honestly, this cheapie action-comedy is so badly-written and fails to rise above its potential for mediocrity so often it feels just like a typical Hollywood rom-com, only the âromâ? parts are replaced by mahjong games. Does it work? Not really.
Plot: Chi Mo Sai (Kung Fu Hustle's Wah Yuen) is a professional gambler who loses his shirtâ"literallyâ"in a game and finds himself locked in a cage by a couple of loansharks. He escapes from them and ducks into a local diner to hide out, where he meets waiter Ah Wong (Visible Secret II's Roger Kwok), known by the diner's regulars for his eidetic memory. Chi Mo Sai sees the obvious potential if he can get the kid educated in mahjong, and takes him to old friend Auntie Fei (Rumble in Hong Kong's Qiu Yuen, returning to the screen after a twenty-year hiatus), the Queen of Mahjong, to train. There's more to it than that: Ah Wong is enamored of Cheryl (Fatal Contact's Theresa Fu), an amateur badminton player he passes every day on his way home from work, and Chi Mo Sai concocts a way to get these two kids together...
...all of which is well and good, except that, well, it isn't. The loanshark plotline disappears into thin air after about twenty minutes, the romantic subplot after about forty. And Chi Mo Sai's lifelong pal, who he gets kidnapped with in the opening scene? Where did he go? No idea. All of this kind of gets swept under the rug as the plot whisks on too quickly for such niceties. Which makes this a fun, fast-paced little comedy, as long as you're willing to ignore the bits that go missing. **
Aside from Theresa Fu's shocking and ridiculously tragic exit in the middle of the film, it's a pretty good time. Wah Yuen plays a great conniving gambler and it's awesome to see Qiu Yuen take up her role from Kung Fu Hustle, this time getting much more screen time, even getting her Kill Bill on versus a masked gang. Mahjong is a little less confusing after seeing this, but it still looks really complicated.
With some martial arts and lots of humor with mixed emotions, this mahjong movie has at least three genres to look at. In a way it's funny with lots of funny and silly acting/dialogue. The mahjong elements was still entertaining to watch. It was good to see Yuen Qui in this picture. She surely delivered most of the entertainment.
Manages to be funny even if you don't know the rules of the game.
Probably not the best for me since I'm not too big on slapstick but if that's your type of humour you'll probably enjoy this.
Bad on so many levels. The whole Kung Fu + sport/game thing just doesn't work with Mahjong the way it did with Soccer (Shaolin Soccer).
Similar to Kung Fu Hustle but still funny to watch, and I would watch it again. I also want to see Kung Fu Honeymoon but not sure if it's available over here.
Not quite as funny as Kung Fu Hustle, but this humorous drama does keep you entertained.
this is such a funny film! it makes me wanna play mahjong every time i watch it!! lol!