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The very physical couple from "Kung Fu Hustle" returns to the big screen! This time, they are teamed with Hong Kong drama actor Roger Kwok (TVB's "Square Pegs") as this movie tells you the consequences of getting addicted to the very well known 'Chinese' game that is mahjong, plus you'll also get to catch some serious action scenes, of course!
Wong (played by Roger Kwok) is a genius. He has photographic memories of everything but works only as a lowly waiter in a restaurant owned by Auntie Fei (played by Yuen Qiu). One day, Wong is discovered by Uncle Gat (played by Yuen Wah), a hopeless gambler. Uncle Gat sees that Wong's talent is useful to him in gambling, and thus, takes the youngster under him to learn how to play mahjong.
Soon, the innocent Wong is transformed into a hopeless gambler like Uncle Gat, building a bad reputation for himself and even losing his job. When Wong falls in love with a big bully's girlfriend, he is seriously beaten and as result, has mental problems and behaves like a child.
I can say that "Kung Fu Mahjong" is in many ways typical of many films by Wong Jing, the director who is famous for a plethora of Chinese Moh-lei-tou
(slapstick) movies under his belt. This time, however, he seems to really have a very meaningful message for his audience, concerning mahjong, which many Chinese people consider as a mode of gambling.
It's great to see the three stars together (Yuen Wah, Yuen Qiu and Roger Kwok) but it's a little sad though that some of the jokes are not really funny in this movie as they are almost the same things in movies like "Kung Fu Hustle" and "Shaolin Soccer".
Basically, Kwok is just reprising his role as 'Wong' in the famous TV drama, "Square Pegs" in this movie. Quite accidentally, Kwok is also known as 'Wong' in "Kung Fu Mahjong." Meanwhile, Yuen Wah is his usual good-for-nothing self, and Yuen Qiu still smokes the way she does in "Kung Fu Hustle".
Overall, "Kung Fu Mahjong" is all right. I enjoyed watching the pair of Yuen Qiu and Yuen Wah together, and fan-favourite 'Wong' with the presence of Roger Kwok in this film, who portrays 'Wong' both in this movie and in the before mentioned TV drama. Plus, you get to learn from an ex-gambler who has turned over a new leaf in "Kung Fu Mahjong".Cinema Online, 23 September 2008