Following last year's undercover action drama Wo Hu
, director Marco Mak takes on Hong Kong's favorite gambling pastime for his latest offering, House of Mahjong
. Comic standbys Dayo Wong, Sam Lee, and Cheung Tat Ming lead an ensemble cast of familiar names including Candy Lo (Cocktail
), Rain Li (On the Edge
), Raymond Wong (Color of the Truth
), and newcomer Elanne Kong (A Side, B Side, Seaside
). Built on amusing small banter, understated hijinks, and flashy mahjong moves, the low-key story unfolds without urgency, capturing a slice of Hong Kong through the quirky characters and the actors' natural chemistry.
Bra salesman Beauty Lam (Dayo Wong), paper offerings maker Prophet (Cheung Tat Ming), goldfish vendor Sam (Sam Lee), and caf owners Hung (Candy Lo) and Ling (Elanne Kong) all hold shop in a dinky mall owned by the elderly Chiu (Ha Chun Chau). Every month Beauty and crew shirk rent payment by playing mahjong with Chiu, and winning through cheating. Chiu, happy for the company, turns a blind eye to their blatant cheating, and everyone seems content with the arrangement - except Chiu's son (Raymond Wong). Into this motley mix comes leggy facial salon owner Gigi (Rain Li), who, much to Hung and Ling's consternation, attracts the wandering eyes of Beauty, Sam, and Prophet and creates some strife amongst the buddies. When Chiu's son hires a mahjong master (Matthew Chow) to beat them at their own game, the crew must band together or lose their livelihoods, but they're all too busy fighting over Gigi.