In Laws, Out Laws
Hong Kong 2004
Directed by Clifton Ko.

Eric Tsang and his son Shawn Yue, two out of work hucksters in Hong Kong looking to make a buck any way possible, find out that Tsang's old flame, played by Lydia Shum (who appears to have hardly aged a day since her stardom in the early seventies), appears to have discovered a cavern beneath her Guangzhou home which may contain a wealth of Qing Dynasty artifacts, making her and her family rich. Tsang and Yue swoop in, but Lydia has ideas of her own, declaring any money to be had from the artifacts to be split among her (grown) children, only if they are married, and married to a Cantonese girl, no less. Everyone struggles to find a suitable mate, but they end up being from Shanghai or even Korea. It's a Lunar New Year comedy, so you can expect in the end everything is going to work out just fine. A smaller, cheaper effort than the usual star-packed Lunar New Year extravaganza. Shawn Yue does well in a strange, clumsy, self-depreciating role, but the incessant family shouting and infighting gets old fast, as it always does.

Rating: Not Recommended (Not Recommended)

Posted by Peter Nepstad on November 09, 2004.

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