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Re: Mahjong at the movies?

Post by Krabman » Wed Jul 09, 2014 3:51 pm

Those books seem interesting! Did you read them? Are they any good?

Gettin' back to Mahjong in video games:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sSWdlEUfYrg

It's somehow related to the books mentioned earlier... :D Killer 7 is such a great game!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ERHpk52mvUo

That movie with Jackie Chan (IF it had been him!) was a recent one, from 200x. They were playing casually in some apartment.

It could have been a part of Rush Hour series, but I'm just guessing.

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Post by Barticle » Wed Jul 09, 2014 6:17 pm

Nice video-game spots, Marek! Here's a shot from Suda51's cult-classic game Killer7 which you linked.
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At least my Jackie Chan research was fruitful - the Project A mahjong scene was a good find. :)
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Post by Barticle » Wed Jul 09, 2014 9:26 pm

...and in fact if I'd stuck with Drunken Master 2 (1994) a little longer I would've been rewarded with some mahjong there too!
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Post by Barticle » Wed Jul 09, 2014 9:58 pm

Psychic ex-cop bursts into a mahjong parlour in the 2007 Hong Kong film Mad Detective.
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Post by Barticle » Thu Jul 10, 2014 6:37 pm

A gangster's mother gets frustrated on a naked pair wait in the Hong Kong movie Young & Dangerous (1996).
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...and here's a top tip you might like to try next time you're on a losing streak!
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Post by Barticle » Fri Jul 11, 2014 5:55 pm

Dinosaurs! Hidden among us - and playing mahjong in Chinatown - in the TV movie Anonymous Rex (2004).
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At first glance those are neat Japanese rows of six discards but in fact they're melded sets.

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Mahjong scene in the HK movie Cat & Mouse (2003).
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Post by Barticle » Mon Jul 14, 2014 11:18 pm

The long, gritty, violent Korean thriller The Yellow Sea (2010) has some mahjong scenes near the start.
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There are some nice close-ups of the table including this Chankan win - robbing the kong!
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Post by Barticle » Mon Jul 14, 2014 11:25 pm

Two more stills from the same movie. Real men play for cash!
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An altercation reveals a chessboard on the underside of a table. :)

Connoisseurs of tabletop games will spot this is a Xiangqi (Chinese) rather than a Janggi (Korean) board. This is because the film begins in China (in the Korean prefecture).
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Post by Barticle » Wed Jul 23, 2014 11:51 pm

A cosy match of post-war mahjong under a kotatsu in the early Kurosawa film Drunken Angel.
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A quick game of Chou-Han (even/odd dice gambling) played for high cash stakes in the same movie.
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Post by Barticle » Thu Jul 24, 2014 11:07 pm

Hong Kong star Chow Yun-Fat is the eponymous God of Gamblers (1990).
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In this simple gambling game two players compete to draw fourteen manzu tiles with the higher total.
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means ten thousand so 1 x 6-crak = 60,000 etc.

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Re: Mahjong at the movies?

Post by or2az » Fri Jul 25, 2014 2:27 am

I did see one of the movies starring Chow Yun-Fat. It was called The Replacement Killers and I think it was his 1st in the USA.
It was about 15 years ago. Any Mahjong in that one?

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Re: Mahjong at the movies?

Post by Barticle » Sun Jul 27, 2014 1:59 pm

I've seen a few of his films - The Killer and Hard Boiled were famous ones - but that was a long time ago.

Now here's something a bit different - Filipino mahjong in the movie Gold, Silver, Death (1982).
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Players hold sixteen slim tiles which are designed to be used with racks. A winning hand has five sets and a pair.
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Bonus flower tiles (including the winds and dragons) are declared and displayed above the hand.

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Re: Mahjong at the movies?

Post by Barticle » Tue Jul 29, 2014 11:10 pm

Had to share this brief mention in the excellent Archer (season 3, episode 6).
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Re: Mahjong at the movies?

Post by Barticle » Wed Jul 30, 2014 10:07 pm

The 2009 Korean movie Thirst, directed by Park Chan-Wook (known for the cult-classic Oldboy).
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Scoring appears similar to Chinese Official rules - Little Four Winds always gives bonus points for the half-flush.
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