Thursday, February 2, 2017

Fat Choi Spirit 嚦咕嚦咕新年財

 Released Year: 2002
Directed by 杜琪峰 Johnnie To & 韦家辉 Wai Ka Fai

Casted by:
劉德華 Andy Lau as 德華 Andy
梁詠琪 Gigi Leung as 詠琪 Gigi
劉青雲 Sean Lau as 青雲 Sean
古天樂 Louis Koo as 天樂 Louis
應采兒 Cherrie Ying as 采兒 Cherrie
王天林 Wong Tin Lam as 天叔 Tin
黃文慧 Bonnie Wong as 媽媽 Mother
Andy is an extremely compulsive Mahjong player. Thrown out of the house by his mother and ignored by his more academically gifted and successful younger brother, Louis, he had a hard time running away from debt collectors until one day he met a young girl named Gigi after a run-in with some of the debt collectors' men. Gigi started out as a thief, but because she fell for him and gave him immense luck, Andy gained great success with his extreme good luck in mahjong games and became very rich. However he refused to marry Gigi because she, though a nice woman when with him, was in reality quite a sore loser who threw temper tantrums while on the verge of losing mahjong games. She could not understand that he couldn't stand the way she behaved. As Andy said, her behaviour could be revealed by just playing a game of mahjong where when she lost, she would throw the tables. He promised her that he would marry her if she could play a game of mahjong without such a bad temper. She couldn't and so he couldn't marry her though he loved her. In the meantime, Andy found his mother who was now suffering from Alzheimer's disease and his brother who faced bankruptcy and moved in with Andy, who coincidentally lived in a bungalow. Not wanting to lose out in finding a job, Louis who had excellent luck in Mahjong but zero skill, was conned out of all his money and even his clothes by a skilled, yet devious mahjong player, Sean. But being a kind hearted simpleton, Cherrie on the con team, fell for him and decided to mend her ways.

In the meantime, Gigi who was very disappointed with Andy's refusal to marry her, went with the bad crowd, in the form of mahjong con men led by Lau Ching-wan. Andy who was cursed by Gigi lost his winning streak and instead found a living as a taxi driver and moved into public housing. Being ever optimistic, he did not complain. However, not wanting Gigi to fall into the con men's trap, he played a game of mahjong with Sean and lost terribly. But Gigi was touched by his actions and went back to him, promising she will return a better woman. But before she left, she gave Andy a blessing and from there on, Andy's winning streak came back. Louis who had created a mahjong computer game with his new girlfriend, Cherrie, received word that there would be a Mahjong tournament sponsored by his game. The ever optimistic Andy decided to join the contest which saw him competing against Sean. Before the tournament began, he discovered that Gigi had returned to her old job as a stewardess and gave him a lot of good fortune items from around the world. During the tournament, Andy was able to secure a seat in the final match which also included Sean, Sean's father and a henchman. Andy easily won the match but was then confronted by Sean to have a rematch. Andy agreed and the two of them squared off. Before the match could end, Andy gave up and gave the prize to Sean. Sean, surprised at what had happened, decided to look at Andy's hand, which was a major breakthrough set. Sean realized all his mistakes and decided to learn from Andy. Andy then regained all his money and started a Mahjong school by the sea. He eventually got married with Gigi.
 L² Scored: 4.5/10

L² Comment:
No matter how many times I rewatch this movie, i just feel stupid. But this year, I changed my mind. Referring back Gigi Leung's filmography, she has make a big change on the way she perform in the movie. Beside of willing to drive her way into a character that is a bit "not her style" during that time, this character challenged her in expanding her way to different styles of acting. Beside that, she's the one who is mainly bringing out the comedy part throughout the whole movie, so this 4.5 score goes to her :) Looking at other actor like Sean Lau & Louis Koo, I feel like puking at them in this movie seriously... while Cherrie all these while never bring any glorious moment to any of her movie, the scene where she smoke is also sickening, she's so fake! In another hand, Andy Lau did not bring any big surprise and Bonnie Wong's scenes are too little for her to shine~

No comments:

Post a Comment