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殺妻二人組 (1986)
100 Ways to Murder Your Wife

Reviewed by: mrblue
Date: 05/01/2011

As 100 Ways to Murder Your Wife is produced by Wong Jing, one might expect this film to have his trademark over-the-top toilet humor. However, Alex Law's script is actually fairly family-friendly -- at least as far as a movie about killing people could be -- and that is perhaps this picture's biggest downfall. This is the sort of movie that feels like it should have some sort of mean-spiritedness or crudity to the proceedings, and as there is none of that, the end results come of as a bit staid and boring.

Reviewer Score: 5

Reviewed by: Gaijin84
Date: 12/06/2009
Summary: Lame comedy...

Chow Yun-Fat and director Kenny Bee star in this somewhat lame comedy about two professional soccer players who drunkenly promise each other they will kill the others' overbearing or cheating spouse. When Roberto (Bee) thinks Fa (Yun-Fat) has actually committed the act he immediately regrets it, but Fa insists that Roberto follow through with his end of the deal. Weak comedy hi-jinks ensue.
I just could not find the humor in this film. Not that it is in incredibly bad taste or low brow, but the comedy itself is very weak. I've never seen Chow Yun-Fat act like such a buffoon, and his character is so annoying and unlikeable that it's hard to want to keep watching. Bee is not that much better, sniffling and whining his way through the film. In fact, there is only one scene in the entire film (the appearance of Bennett Pang) that I actually laughed out loud. Otherwise I was yawning or looking at the time elapsed on the film to see when it would end. Bee could have saved the film somewhat by having a very dark ending (both men in the pool), but unfortunately he throws it back in to the predictable. Really a waste of an excellent cast.


Reviewer Score: 2

Reviewed by: dandan
Date: 05/07/2007
Summary: killing wives softly...

fat (chow yun-fat) is a star goalkeeper, who has just moved from malaysia to hong kong with his wife, hsiao (joey wong). on his first night, he meets up with roberto (kenny bee) and the two get very drunk. fat is sick of the effect that hsiao has on men and he's sure that she's having an affair, whilst roberto is sick of being bullied by his over-bearing wife, anita (anita mui): so, the two make a pact to murder each other's wives. the next day, fat and roberto wake up, convinced that fat has killed anita and begins plotting, with roberto, a string of increasingly elaborate ways to murder hsiao...

this is a very silly film, packed with humour that misses more than it hits, but is saved by being so daft. it is not a good film, although i find it hard to say too many bad things about it because it is stangely watchable.

silly and daft...

Reviewed by: ewaffle
Date: 09/04/2006

When “A Better Tomorrow” exploded onto the screen and into the hearts of moviegoers throughout Asia Chow Yun Fat not only created an iconic character in a new genre of Hong Kong movie, but also put paid his potential as a comic actor . In “100 Ways to Murder Your Wife” Chow is gleefully manic, does a wonderfully repressed slow (very slow) burn and has impeccable timing. Kenny Bee is good as his foil, Joey Wong is beautiful, goofy and naive about her affect on men while Anita Miu is beautiful, sultry and mean as a snake. The beauty and screen presence of the two female leads gives credence to the central action of the movie—only someone truly deranged, driven insane by jealousy (Chow) or nagged into neurosis (Bee) would want to be rid of either of them.

Hitchcock’s “Strangers on a Train” might well have been the basis for the script (it was released the year before Danny De Vito’s “Throw Momma from the Train”) but the idea of a chance encounter leading to cold blooded murder is quickly abandoned. Football Fa (Chow) and Roberto (Bee) know each other, attend the same parties and move in the same circles. When they awake from a drunken night on the town they mistakenly think that Fa has killed Anita, Roberto’s wife. Fa tries to convince Roberto that the favor should be returned with the death of Wang Hsiao, Fa’s wife. Things become complicated when Anita, pretending to be her own ghost, shows up to bother Roberto and Fa thinks that Roberto is having an affair with Wang Hsiao.

The payoff of the movie comes after Roberto and Fa have set up increasingly outlandish ways to kill Wang—and ice bullet shot by a slingshot, a guillotine whose blade drops when someone sits on a chair under it, a huge TV set to electrocute her in the swimming pool, deadly piranha fish released into the pool and probably a few more that I can’t recall. As is fitting and expected the bumbling would be murderers spring all the traps upon themselves, barely surviving. This extended set of scenes is what makes “100 Ways to Kill Murder Your Wife” worth watching although it doesn't really make up for the long stretches of stupefyingly boring stuff.

This is Kenny Bee’s only credit as a director and the scenes flow well enough to think that someone else—Wong Jing most likely—was actually calling the shots. Wong was behind the camera as the producer and in front of it as Mr. Wang and it looks as if he spent enough time on the set to keep an eye on things.

This is by no means the worst movie released in 1986. It is modestly entertaining in itself and serves as a window on some of the extravagant costumes and sets of the time.

Reviewer Score: 5

Reviewed by: j.crawford
Date: 06/09/2006

In commemoration of the 2006 World Cup, here is a film where the main character is nicknamed "Football". Master producer Wong Jing scores with a romantic comedy that features Chow Yun-Fat and Kenny Bee as disgruntled husbands, who wish they could get rid of their troublesome wives, played by Joey Wang Cho-Yin and Anita Mui Yim-Fong. This is also the 20th anniversary of the movie's initial release in Hong Kong.

Beyond the misogynist tone of the title, 100 Ways to Murder Your Wife takes place in a glamorous world of professional sports, high fashion, and money where, like the best films of Douglas Sirk, distrust and despair lurk just below the shimmering surfaces. The demented comedy of errors and the raucous sexual farce display a sense of humor that rivals the flamboyance of a John Waters film.

Kenny Bee and Anita Mui Yim-Fong sold a lot of records back in the 1980’s. Wong Jing took a bunch of cash from the music industry moguls and sold the director’s chair to Kenny Bee allowing him to take the screen credit for direction. Make no mistake, Wong was clearly in charge while he lets Bee slow down the fast paced comedy with a couple of sequences featuring some sappy love songs.

[En français]En commémoration de la Coupe du monde 2006, voici un film où le personnage principal est surnommé "Football". Master producteur Wong Jing partitions avec une comédie romantique qui met en vedette Chow Yun Fat et Kenny Bee comme maris mécontents, qui souhaitent ils pourraient se débarrasser de leurs épouses gênants, joué par Joey Wang Cho-Yin et Anita Mui Yim-Fong. C'est aussi le 20e anniversaire de la première version du film à Hong Kong.

Au-delà de la tonalité misogyne du titre, "100 façons de Murder Your Wife" se déroule dans un univers fascinant du sport professionnel, de haute couture et de l'argent où, à l'instar des meilleurs films de Douglas Sirk, la méfiance et le désespoir se cachent juste au-dessous de la surface chatoyante. Le déments comédie d'erreurs et de la mascarade sexuelle tapageuses afficher un sens de l'humour qui rivalise avec la flamboyance et d'un John Waters pellicule.

Kenny Bee et Anita Mui Yim-Fong a vendu un grand nombre de dossiers de retour dans les années 1980. Wong Jing a pris une série de flux de trésorerie provenant de l'industrie de la musique et vendu bosses la chaise du réalisateur pour Kenny Bee lui permettant de prendre l'écran de crédit pour la direction. Qu'on ne s'y trompe pas, Wong était clairement en charge, alors qu'il permet Bee ralentir le rythme rapide avec un couple de comédie de séquences avec certains prolongent les chansons d'amour.

Reviewer Score: 7

Reviewed by: Inner Strength
Date: 03/09/2002
Summary: Very funny

What a name! Well the plot is pretty much as it says. The story is about 2 men (Chow Yun Fat & Kenny Bee) and their wives (Joey Wong & Anita Mui, retrospectively).

Chow Yun Fat plays a football player who’s wife is a supermodel. Chow thinks she is seeing someone behind his back, and after a misunderstanding thinks she is plotting to kill him. Kenny is also a football player, though only a beginner, and is fed up with his nagging wife (who else better to play that role than Anita Mui!). She is fed up because she thinks he is useless and should try to open his own business instead. The two happen to meet in a bar one night and get drunk. During their conversation they both joke about killing their wives and suggest that they do get rid of each other’s. Of cause Kenny thought it was just a joke, until the next day Chow gives him the news that his wife is dead. Kenny then has to explain to everyone where is wife is, leading to many jokes. The only problem is, the body can't be found as Chow cannot quite remember what happened to her. Though the viewer sees that she is not really dead, and makes Kenny's life even more difficult by making everyone think he had killed her. Chow in the meantime is still determind for his own wife to be killed, though Kenny is reluctent.

This is also the one and only film Kenny Bee directed himself. But to be honest, after watching this again I can see why. Wong Jing produced it, and did a better job with that than Kenny’s directing I think.

All in all, it’s a harmless enough comedy, quite funny, but the poor quality of the production doesn’t make it too appealing. Still, this is one of those old movies which would be great to have on VCD if you don’t have it, because I doubt this one will ever be released on DVD. This is back in 1986, and I doubt any company would want to take it on to restore it! But classic stuff all the same.

Check out Shing Fui On’s hair style!!! Although he is not credited on the film, it’s him for sure!!

Recommended comedy.

Reviewer Score: 7

Reviewed by: meixner
Date: 04/09/2000
Summary: Pretty amusing and practically painless

Screwball Romantic Comedy

Football Fa (Chow) is convinced that his outgoing wife (Wong) is cuckolding him. His new friend Roberto (Bee) is sick of being henpecked by his wife (Mui). They get drunk together and a la "Strangers on A Train" they decide to murder each other's wives. When Mui disappears, Chow expects Bee to fulfill his side of the bargain; hilarity ensues.

Pretty amusing and practically painless, this screwball comedy full of face making and good old fashioned sexism is saved (?) by its very solid cast.

Reviewed by: hkcinema
Date: 12/08/1999

Two men have ravishingly beautiful Wives -- and the unhappiest of marriages. Together the husbands devise incredibly elaborate plots to murder their wives.

[Reviewed by Rim Films Catalog]