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Re: Mahjong at the movies?

Post by Ozball » Thu Jun 20, 2019 11:17 pm

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The guy puts down a 7p and all three girls try to take it but he declares a win on it.
Wait, so when he puts down the 7p is he declaring tsumo then? All 4 players were waiting on the same tile?
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Re: Mahjong at the movies?

Post by Barticle » Fri Jun 21, 2019 10:21 am

Yes, he has 3-dot 3-dot 3-dot 4-dot 5-dot 6-dot 8-dot

The three girls have the following tiles. (It's Chinese / HK mahjong so there are a lot of open sets.)

6-dot 6-dot 6-dot 8-dot
7-dot 9-dot 9-dot 9-dot
7-dot 7-dot 8-dot 8-dot

He puts the 7p down without a declaration. It's in front of his hand but also quite close to the communal discard pool.

The hands are legit (there's no more than four of each tile) but otherwise it's not exactly a serious scene!

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Re: Mahjong at the movies?

Post by Barticle » Sun Jun 30, 2019 9:06 pm

The "Great Red Dragon" left his mark carved on a tree in season 3 of Hannibal. (2015)
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The mahjong connection is identified in the following episode.

The first book and fourth movie featuring Hannibal Lecter are also called 'Red Dragon', although the name comes not from mahjong but instead a series of 19th-century paintings by William Blake (which also feature prominently in the TV show).

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Re: Mahjong at the movies?

Post by Barticle » Sat Jul 06, 2019 12:35 am

I found a Hong Kong mahjong film on Netflix, with Chinese dialogue and English captions, listed under its English title Mahjong Heroes. (1981)

It includes a few tricks and several silly moments. Within the first two minutes a payment dispute is taken to mahjong court.
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The whole movie revolves around mahjong, even the opening credits are presented on mahjong tiles.
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Would you believe there's another moment where all four players are waiting on the same tile?
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(He wants it too.) They have the following hands - lots of open sets again.

1-crak 1-crak 1-crak 3-crak green-dra green-dra green-dra
2-crak 2-crak 3-crak 3-crak
:east :east :east 2-crak 4-crak 4-crak 4-crak
2-crak 4-crak 5-crak 6-crak 7-crak 7-crak 7-crak

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Re: Mahjong at the movies?

Post by Barticle » Mon Sep 16, 2019 11:37 pm

Barticle wrote:
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The first book and fourth movie featuring Hannibal Lecter are also called 'Red Dragon'
That 2002 movie also has the tree carving and mahjong reference.
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Re: Mahjong at the movies?

Post by Barticle » Wed Sep 18, 2019 9:25 pm

Why, Why, Tell Me Why! (1986) is a Hong Kong rom-com.
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It has some very audacious cheating (when the other players are distracted).
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It also has a guy playing four matches at once like a chess grandmaster. (A wheeled chair is an advantage.)
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Re: Mahjong at the movies?

Post by Barticle » Wed Sep 18, 2019 10:13 pm

Tohai (2013) is a live-action series based on a manga about a high-school student drawn into an underworld of gambling.

It's available to stream on Rakuten Viki, although it's not accessible from my country.

They have user-generated translated subtitles including some by Kime (formerly of this parish).

https://www.viki.com/tv/25711c-tohai-i
https://www.viki.com/tv/25712c-tohai-ii

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Re: Mahjong at the movies?

Post by or2az » Fri Nov 15, 2019 11:05 pm

Well, this wasn't a movie but it was live on television.
LAW & ORDER SVU, about a week ago.
When I noticed the episode had to do with Chinatown in New York, I was hoping.....and sure enough......
https://youtu.be/BGs4pZ_lz5g

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Re: Mahjong at the movies?

Post by Barticle » Sat Nov 16, 2019 1:51 pm

Good work, Steve! TV shows are welcome.

That's a nice lot of autodealer tables. I've never watched L&O but evidently it is shot in New York. Curious now whether that's a real parlour or if they borrowed from the auto-table dealer in NYC's Chinatown! The rest of the set dressing is relatively basic, but could be a genuine venue?

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