Mahjong (1996)


The European Upper Crust meets the Taiwan Underworld in this convoluted comic action thriller. Winston Cheng is a prominent businessman who has somehow managed to fall deep into debt to organized crime leaders in Taipai, to the tune of $100 million. When it becomes clear that the gangsters are tired of waiting for their money, Cheng goes underground, just as two mob enforcers are sent out to find him. Cheng’s son — who calls himself Red Fish — is the leader of a street gang; the gunmen start following Red Fish and his partners in crime — Hong Kong, Lun Lun, and Little Buddha  — in hopes that the son will lead them to the father.

Director: Edward Yang. 麻将 / 麻將 / Ma jiang
Stars: Tang Congsheng, Chang Chen, Lawrence Ko, Virginie Ledoyen, Wu Nien-jen, Elaine Jin, Carrie Ng, Chang Kuo-Chu, Nick Erickson.

1996 Berlin International Film Festival – Nominated for the Golden Bear.


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  1. Betsy-B
    August 8, 2018

    I just love the wide variety of films you choose to upload, Jon. A little something for everyone, so much great stuff! Thanks!

  2. Michael
    August 30, 2018

    underrated gem from master film maker Edward Yang

  3. Eff U
    April 3, 2021

    This movie sucked! Can’t believe it’s a Yang film. Seems like he wasnt involved at all. Superfluous characters, poor plot development, crappy cuts. If you disagree with me then I’ll send you my phone number and we can fight about it.

  4. John Mahjong
    March 14, 2024

    Masterpiece. Only idiots hate it.

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