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Re: Mahjong at the movies?

Post by Senechal » Wed Oct 30, 2013 2:52 am

In Ebola Syndrome, the lead role kills a guy with the legs of a foldable mahjong table in the first 3-4 minutes.
The whole movie is NSFW. You've been warned. (about feeding peopleburgers tainted with the Ebola virus)

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Re: Mahjong at the movies?

Post by Barticle » Wed Oct 30, 2013 8:19 pm

Great spot, thanks! Remember folks - this is always a valid tactic if you're stuck in 4th place late in the south round. :)
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(for the adventurous the full movie is on Youtube)
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Post by Barticle » Fri Dec 20, 2013 1:28 am

carl wrote:Didn't a mahjong parlor owner get killed in Sonatine?
Eventually, yes. :) Probably a bad debt, or perhaps he enforced kuitan nashi! That's him in the middle.
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Like Election above, it's a gangster movie that opens with mahjong - in this case a guy sorting scoring sticks in an empty parlour as Takeshi Kitano arrives.
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Re: Mahjong at the movies?

Post by Gnom » Sat Dec 21, 2013 3:30 pm

Nankyoku ryôrinin (南極料理人), somewhere in the first five minutes. It is also a damn good comedy, really heartful, which I advise you to see if you can.

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Re: Mahjong at the movies?

Post by Barticle » Wed May 14, 2014 12:17 am

Nice, thanks Gnom. :) Here's a pic...
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Also here are a couple from an episode of the modern-day Sherlock Holmes series Elementary.
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"[but] mahjong tiles come in pairs." (erm, kinda)
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Re: Mahjong at the movies?

Post by Barticle » Thu May 15, 2014 11:26 pm

Charlie Chan's Murder Cruise from 1940.
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He observes, "In China, mahjong very simple; in America, very complex - like modern life."

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Re: Mahjong at the movies?

Post by Ignatius » Fri May 16, 2014 2:25 pm

I know it´s not a film, but in the game Resident Evil 6 (the one I enjoyed the most), when Chris is with Piers and his team in China inside a bulding, you can see mahjong tables and tiles...
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Re: Mahjong at the movies?

Post by Barticle » Sun Jul 06, 2014 6:45 pm

That's cool, I've played a couple of Resi Evil games but not that one. I hope the tables look better than this one! :wink:

Back to movies, this scene is from Jia Zhangke's acclaimed 2006 film Still Life about the mass evacuation for China's gigantic Three Gorges Dam project...
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Post by Barticle » Mon Jul 07, 2014 12:24 am

...and this is from the feature-length 2007 documentary Up the Yangtze which is also about the impact of the Three Gorges Dam.
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Re: Mahjong at the movies?

Post by Krabman » Mon Jul 07, 2014 3:25 pm

I've seen a Jackie Chan movie where they played Majohng. I can't recall the name, though... If I remember correctly, they were using wooden tiles. I'd never seen such a Mahjong set before.

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Re: Mahjong at the movies?

Post by Barticle » Mon Jul 07, 2014 7:19 pm

I will look out for it in my research!

This is a brief glimpse of a mahjong game from the 2011 film The Flowers of War set against the horrific Japanese massacre of Nanking in 1937; unusually for a Chinese movie the lead role is played by famous British actor Christian Bale.
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Re: Mahjong at the movies?

Post by Barticle » Mon Jul 07, 2014 7:37 pm

I found a Youtube video showing the RE6 mahjong table too. Looks like these folks have a nice autodealer table in their apartment.

It's got suitably large tiles for the Chinese setting but the Japanese developers seem to have depicted Japanese rules! (with dora indicator) :lol:
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Re: Mahjong at the movies?

Post by Barticle » Mon Jul 07, 2014 8:21 pm

This early scene on a train is from the Jackie Chan movie Drunken Master 2 (a.k.a. The Legend of Drunken Master) but they're playing Xiangqi (Chinese chess).

I like how they have to use their other hand to hold their long sleeves out of the way. :)
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However there is a long mahjong scene in the 1983 Jackie Chan film Project A (sadly it was cut from the US version).
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Check this link for more pics: http://www.movie-censorship.com/report.php?ID=745861 (scroll down to 16'30")

A fight breaks out on a neighbouring game and the mahjong table gets knocked over but the fellow in the straw hat (evidently the legendary Sammo Hung - thanks SJ!) manages to pick up his full hand (tenpai Nine Gates!) just before it happens, then - holding his tiles vertically with one hand now - he adds a tile from the floor to give him the win ...and then he drops them all. :lol:

The orange-coloured tiles are probably made from Bakelite, an early type of plastic.
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Re: Mahjong at the movies?

Post by Ignatius » Tue Jul 08, 2014 1:35 am

Barticle wrote:I found a Youtube video showing the RE6 mahjong table too. Looks like these folks have a nice autodealer table in their apartment.

It's got suitably large tiles for the Chinese setting but the Japanese developers seem to have depicted Japanese rules! (with dora indicator) :lol:
I didn´t noticed it! :lol:
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Re: Mahjong at the movies?

Post by or2az » Wed Jul 09, 2014 3:23 am

Well, these are not movies, just a few book titles I ran across. You might call them a "pung of murders".
Caution: These will not help improve your game strategy.
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