Thursday, July 19, 2007

Kung-Fu Mahjong 2 (Hong Kong 2005)

Fanny (Cherrie Ying) is a mahjong phenomenon and a loyal housewife to her husband Johnny (Terence Yin), who forbids her to play the game. Johnny's boss, Demon (Keung Ho-Man), invites the young couple over for dinner and to offer Johnny a promotion in his dirty gambling ring. They're also introduced to Demons sister Curvy (Zuki Lee), who is making moves for Johnny's affection. Fanny, being asked to leave after making a scene with Curvy, meets up with her brother Ronaldhino (Sammy) and her Mahjong sisters Auntie Fei (Yuen Qiu), from the first KFM also brings back her husband Chi Mo Sai (Yuen Wah), and First Love (Tiffany Lee), who were all tought by master Three Tiles (Wong Tin-Lam). Fanny shares with her sisters her problems in the love department and they give her tips on how to keep her man interested. When she plans to implement her new love tips, she finds out that Johnny is leaving her for Curvy. Now, with the loss of her husband and her mahjong skills, she tries to end it all, but her sisters won't allow it. Now it's time for Fanny to train and refocus in order to get revenge and win the Mahjong tournament.

Well, if you're not a fan of Wong Jing or his movies, KFM2 won't make you one. But one thing is for sure here is a lot more Mahjong than Kung Fu in Kung Fu Mahjong 2 (雀聖2自摸天后). If you're familiar with the rules of the game, that will help you enjoy the movie a little more, if at all. The attractive Cherrie gets her first staring role in KFM2, but she comes off as a little too corny and really kind of annoying. Tiffany Lee, Sammy, and the rest of the cast all do their part, but again, the performances are nothing to write home about. Granted, there are some funny parts, but then there are some parts that are just hard to watch. They throw in a few topical jokes, as well as some jokes aimed at making fun of movie stars, but they all fall flat. The story is completely by-the-numbers and shows no signs or originality. So if you saw the first one, and want to see what happens to this cast of characters, go ahead and give it a try so you can find out what happens when you're "self-made". (CBKevin)

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