Gang­ster fal­la­cies

The Star Malaysia - Star2 - - MOVIES - Seto Kit- Yan

HONG Kong stars Alan Tam and Jor­dan Chan re­ally want their new movie Fool­ing Around Jiang Hu to do well in Malaysia. Why? Be­cause of duri­ans.

“If the film does well at the box of­fice, we’ll get to visit Malaysia for a durian buf­fet!” said Tam dur­ing a phone in­ter­view that ended with the two ac­tors shout­ing “Mu­sang King!” and “Durian Tarts” af­ter get­ting ex­cited by the prospect of a visit to Malaysia.

Fool­ing Around Jiang Hu is a triad com­edy about the un­der­world, and re­volves around an im­mensely pop­u­lar in­ter­net pro­gramme called Crazy Jiang Hu hosted by King ( played by TV and ra­dio per­son­al­ity Bob Lam), which dishes out gos­sip about two gang­sters por­trayed by Tam, 66, and Chan, 49.

Tam plays un­der­world god­fa­ther Kim, a friendly and so­cia­ble char­ac­ter who is nick­named Egg Tart. The peace- lov­ing triad head eas­ily wins the sup­port of gang el­ders, but en­joys singing more than be­ing a triad boss.

Chan plays his flam­boy­ant and suave sec­ond- in- com­mand Lung, who joined the tri­ads be­cause he was cap­ti­vated by the im­age of gang­sters in the iconic Young And Danger­ous movies ( which Chan him­self starred in!), and be­lieves that he has what it takes to be the big boss in­stead.

The film is pro­duced by Ng KinHung & Ricky Fan Chun- Fung, and writ­ten by film di­rec­tor Lam Chi­uWing.

W hen asked about the bold cast­ing of Tam as a H ong Kong triad leader, Lam replied: “W e needed some­one who ex­udes the pres­ence and charisma associated with tri­ads – and in the en­ter­tain­ment scene, only Alan Tam fits the bill. Ini­tially we did not think of ap­proach­ing him, but the pro­duc­ers and Alan are friends, so the col­lab­o­ra­tion was ar­ranged!”

Chan, who is best known for his iconic por­trayal of a flam­boy­ant gang­ster in the Young & Danger­ous fran­chise, said he was at­tracted by the fact that Fool­ing Around Jiang Hu is a comedic take on triad films, so he signed up to join in the fun.

The film also stars Chris­tine N g as Lung’s schem­ing wife, Jamie Chik as Kim’s long- lost girl­friend, and Babyjohn Choi and Jacky Cai as a pair of K- pop- in­spired young lovers. – Fool­ing Around Jiang Hu is cur­rently show­ing at cin­e­mas na­tion­wide. For GSC show­times, turn to the next page.

— RAM En­ter­tain­n­ment

Fool­ing Around Jiang Hu stars ( from left): Ng, Tam, Cai, Choi and Chan as a bunch of feud­ing gang­sters.

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