Chin wong ji wong 2000 [The Tricky Master] (1999)

(On TV, September 2000) A Chinese movie parody? Heck, yes, and a pretty funny one at that. Though much better in its first hour when it spoofs action films, (what with the totally unexpected The Matrix gag and the hilarious Mission: Impossible mask riff) it then moves on to parody the less-familiar genre of Hong Kong gambler films. Still, The Tricky Master is a fun way to spend an evening, and there are a few touches (like the appropriate use of Computer-Generated Imagery) that ought to perk anyone’s interest. Don’t expect much more, however, than a series of comic vignettes (most of which making references to films you’ve never seen) loosely connected together by a threadbare plot. Stay at the end; bloopers run through the credits.

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