Fat Choi Spirit
Hong Kong 2002
Directed by Johnnie To, Wai Ka-Fai.

Andy Lau is the Mahjong Master, Gigi Leung is his crazy but determined girlfriend, Louis Koo is his geeky brother, and Lau Ching-Wan is a hip-hop Mahjong con man. This movie is a love poem to Mahjong. Fans of the game simply must see the movie. All others, be warned. It is at times funny, the cast is charming, the story entertaining, but it contains more Mahjong than most westerners can take. After watching it, I felt like I just stayed up until 5 AM shuffling the tiles. And although I am familiar with the game, a lot of the humor derives from the characters getting the "special" hands which I don't recognize at all. Other than the almost constant games of Mahjong, the movie follows the regular gambling movie formula.

Rating: Marginally Recommended (Marginally Recommended)

Posted by Peter Nepstad on May 19, 2004.

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