爛賭夫鬥爛賭妻 (Mr. & Mrs. Gambler) (Blu-ray release 2012-5-11) is the latest Hong Kong comedy from director Wong Jing. Having watched a number of trash movies from this director I was worried this new movie might be trash too. I’m happy to report that it’s not. The reason is that this movie has a more reasonable story than before, compared to many of his previous movies. In fact I find it funnier than the two major Chinese New Year comedies in 2012.
I think Wong Jing, being infamous of making trash movies, has been jealous of the internationally famous director Wong Kar-Wai for a very long time, and in this movie many references to Wong Kar-Wai are made. Therefore to understand this movie one has to know about Wong Kar-Wai’s characteristic of spending an excessively long time to make a movie, including The Grandmasters which is currently in post-production, and the previous movie 2046 (2004).