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Mahjong Dragon
Chinese: 麻雀飛龍
Josephine Siao and Zhao Wen-Zhou
Year: 1997
Director: Jeff Lau Chun-Wai, Corey Yuen Kwai,
David Lai Dai-Wai
Action: Corey Yuen Kwai, Yuen Tak
Cast: Josephine Siao Fong-Fong, Zhao Wen-Zhou, Blacky Ko Sau-Leung, Ken Lo Wai-Kwong, Desiree Law, Samuel Leung Cheuk-Moon, Guk Fung, Candy Hau Woon-Ling, Sandra Ng Kwun-Yu (cameo)
The Skinny: Sporadically entertaining action-comedy-gambling movie that's as uneven as they come. Josephine Siao's last film role.
by Kozo:

This multi-genre flick finds Josephine Siao as a penniless HK policewoman who’s had a bad run at the races. She enters into a marriage of convenience with mainland pretty boy Zhao Wen-Zhou to pay the bills. However, he’s a professional gambler on the run from his evil rival, Ken Lo. He wants to get to HK, and Josephine wants a lot of dough so they pull a deal: he gets the passport and she gets a wad of cash, courtesy of his gambling prowess. 

But their plans are derailed by Ken, who follows Zhao from the mainland. Plus there’s some pesky romantic hijinks from Blacky Ko, who’s enamored of Josephine. Zhao picks up an admirer in Blacky’s sister Desiree Law, who also has the HK plot device that just won’t go away: she has a terminal disease. 

All of this adds up to a totally mixed bag with some good kung-fu and some decent comedy. However, a lot of emotional climaxes fly out of left field, leaving us with that grand old question: huh? Some of the drama just isn’t all that dramatic, and we're left with only the action to shore things up. Yuen Kwai and Yuen Tak do a good job with that, but some of the stuff has definitely been seen before. The comedy could use some help, too. Frankly, the sight of Zhao Wen-Zhou in an afro wig is enough to give anyone the willies. The true sadness of this film belongs to the fact that this was Josephine Siao's last film role. (Kozo 1997)

Availability: DVD (Hong Kong)
Region 0 NTSC
Mei Ah Laser
Cantonese and Mandarin Language Tracks
English and Chinese Subtitles
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