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  Publicity Stills of "My Wife Is A Gangster 3"
(Courtesy from Cathy-Keris Films)

In Korean and Cantonese with Chinese and English subtitles
Director: Jo Jin-gyu
Cast: Shu Qi, Lee Beom-soo, Hyeon Young, Oh Ji-ho, Jo Hi-bong
RunTime: 1 hr 55 mins
Released By: Cathay-Keris Films
Rating: PG

Opening Day: 5 July 2007



A-ryong, a daughter of a triad boss in Hong Kong, is wrongfully accused of killing the boss of a rival gang and is threatened to leave the country. She decides to stay in Korea for some time where her mother might be now. She is guided by Gi-chul, who is given the mission to protect her but it's not easy for them to get along. Meanwhile, an assassin is sent to Korea to kill A-ryong and there seems to be no choice for Gi-chul but to take her to his hometown disguising her as his wife. What will happen to this Chinese gangster wife?

Movie Review:

If you are not familiar with the “My Wife is a Gangster” series, don’t fret, as this instalment has nothing to do with the original except it shares the same director. The original was the 4th highest grossing movie in Korea back in 2001 and international starlet Ziyi Zhang scored a cameo in the second.

You got a feeling there’s another milestone in the making, this time round in the form of Shu Qi. The HK Star plays A-ryong, the daughter of a triad head (Ti Lung) who is being framed of murdering the boss of a rival gang. On the request of her father, she decides to lie low in Korea. And a small-time hood, Gi-chul (Lee Beom-soo) is assigned by his boss to be the host for A-ryong.

Although it’s touted as an action-comedy, the comedy element plays a stronger role than the former. There are scenes after scenes of hilarious dialogue exchanges, toilet humour and mild sexual references. One recurring joke, which particularly stand out is the bantering between the freelancer translator hired to be the communication bridge for A-ryong and the rest of the cast which includes Gi-chul’s loyal assistants, Catfish and Snapper. Hyeon Young who plays the translator steals much of the scenes with her halting Mandarin and deliberate bad translation knowledge to scare off Gi-Chul and gang.

Shu Qi for the most part has to put on a pretty aloof and cool façade, a far cry from her usual “damsel-in-distress” roles. On the contrary, her Korean counterparts are more instantly lovable and likeable. Seeing the lot of them hamming it up is what makes “My Wife is a Gangster 3” an enjoyable ride!

The much talked-about action scenes are rather weak on the whole. Credit still has to be given to Shu Qi for her hard work with all the sword-fights and wire-works. At times, it seem like a rehash of her previous work, “So Close” (which I personally felt that Shu Qi was better in this one) and a sequence involving a huge explosion in an open-air restaurant barely last for a second.

The best way to enjoy “My Wife is a Gangster 3” is to go in expecting to slurp up some hot “Kimchi” style humour. Go easy on the action and you might find this a decent piece of entertainment amid the blockbuster season.

Movie Rating:

(Easily digestible. Easily likeable. The lady boss rules once again!)

Review by Linus Tee


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