Daai Saam Yuen (literal translation: Big Three Round)
In modern Hong Kong a Catholic priest named Zhong hears the prostitute Baiban's confession, which centers around a $200,000 debt. She leaves behind an envelope with her address, and he decides to take up lodging incognito in her building to help straighten out her life. A cop named Fa is also interested in her, believing her to be linked to a blackmailing ring. As their respective inquiries proceed, Zhong becomes increasingly linked to the crimes and both men come in trouble of falling in love with her.
This comedy is Hong Kong superstar director Tsui Hark's attempt at satirizing religion, but most reviewers agree it falls well short of its potential, though Leslie Cheung and Anita Yuen continue to have the chemistry of their previous films He's a Woman, She's a Man and Tsui's own The Chinese Feast. It was a commercial but not a critical success. Tsui himself said religion "was something I always wanted to touch on, but I didn't handle it that well . . . It didn't come out as what I intended."
It is included here because of its character known only as "Bearded Mormon."
February 15, 1996
Anita Yuen - Baiban; Leslie Cheung - Zhong; Lau Ching Wan - Fa; Xiong Xin-Xin - Tai; Paul Fonoroff - Bearded Mormon
Foreign Language Film; Minor Mormon Elements; Narrative Film