Crazy for Pig-Bone in Pot (情迷豬骨煲)

crazy for pig bone in pot

Once again, my stomach has gotten the better of me. I just couldn’t resist a movie about delicious pig-bone in pot, and of course this movie is not at all about pig-bone in pot. Instead, the dish is a tasty euphemism for something else, and the impoverished filmmaking made me wish I’d spent my time indulging my taste buds instead. Probably not even breaking the ranks of a D-movie, this scrappy piece of work is a comedy of errors starring people from TV and movies like Tortured Sex Goddess of Ming Dynasty. With that pedigree, expectations must be adjusted accordingly.

This sex-filled romp stars Edmond So as Ho-Yin, a down and out Hong Konger who makes regular trips to Shenzhen to assert his manhood. It takes about half an hour for anything of consequence to happen, and the narrative ball only starts rolling when he ends up drunk and penniless. He manages to slip into a posh neighborhood, one with actual stand-alone houses, and sneaks in with the intention of robbing the place. Knowing that the owners will be away for the night, he decides to relax a bit before making off with the booty. That’s the moment a pair of lovers decides to interrupt his tranquility, and they do so with some pretty energetic sex.

The two turn out to be Tak-Cheung (Wayne Lai), a gigolo in the service of the mistress of the house, and his lover, Man (Sophie Ngan). Of course, it isn’t long before Cecile (Emily Kwan) returns home, surprised but pleased to find Tak-Cheung waiting for her. Man is hastily chucked into a closet where Ho-Yin is also hiding. As you might guess, Cecile’s husband (Patrick Keung) is not far behind, and a few naughty episodes later, he strides into the house. The unexpected appearance of a full-service masseuse (Kitty Chung) brings the chaos to a head, but the confusion is wrapped up quickly if not cleverly.

The movie is noticeably thin on plot and can only keep its characters running around for so long. To add more bulk, the filmmakers insert pointless fantasy sequences. These compete with poorly shot – and I should add, entirely clean – sex scenes, all of which should be up for some worst of award. I’m also eager to condemn the casual sexism with which Hong Kong men are portrayed here, but I also don’t want to believe anyone is actually watching this movie.

Released: 2001
Prod: Nam Yin 南燕
Dir: Yip Wai-Ying 葉偉英
Writer: Jameson Lam 林華勳
Cast: Edmond So 蘇志威; Emily Kwan 關寶慧; Wayne Lai 黎耀祥; Sophie Ngan 顏仟汶; Patrick Keung 姜皓文; Kitty Chung 鍾潔怡
Time: 90 min
Lang: Cantonese
Country: Hong Kong
Reviewed: 2015

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