When i was in Korea last december I saw a lot of posters for My Wife is
a Gangster 3 at stores, the DVD had just come out. Chinese/HK film
star Shu Qi (Hsu Chi) is in this one.
Many of you may remember how disappointed I was with
'My Wife is a Gangster 2',
which featured a 30 second appearence by Zhang Ziyi in the final 30
second cliffhanger finale of the film. Apparently Zhang Ziyi was too
busy to actually do the sequel, so they got Shu Qi instead. But
wisely they decided to scrap the characters, actors and plot from the
first two and go in a completely new direction - much like
'Married to the Mafia 2'is completely different than the first one.
In this case Shu Qi plays the daughter of a HK triad boss who goes to
Korea to lay low from a rival HK gang. She is put under the protection
of a hapless uber-macho idiot gangster played by Lee Beom-Su, who you may remember as the bus driver in
'Au Revoir UFO'...
Of course Shu Qi is actually a bad-ass mama who can beat up entire
gangs single handedly, but no one knows that (at first at least).
Most of the humor revolves around the fact that she can't speak korean
and he can't speak Chinese, so they hire a young bookish Hyun Yeoung to
be their translator. She spends half the movie mistranslating what
gangster queen Shu Qi is saying to the stupid macho gangsters and what
they are saying back to her in order to keep everyone from killing
Of course eventually Shu Qi sees that the gangster is not such a bad
guy (his IQ seems to improve as the movie progresses). And of course
eventually he follows her back to HK to profess his love and try to
save her from the evil Ken Lo, who plays the rival triad boss who is
trying to destroy her family's gang (what a jerk!)
The movie is pretty decent, as far as these types of Korean comedies
go. The male characters are a bit annoying, but Shu Qi and Hyun Young
do a pretty decent job.
The main problem is with the martial arts choreography...
Actionwise, Shu Qi is not Zhang Ziyi or Michelle Yeoh, and it really
shows in some of the scenes. Some of it is just plain crappy. She has
done better action in other movies (So Close, etc) - so I'm guessing
its mostly a matter of direction and choreography than just her
personal physical limitations (although thats definitely a limiting
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