Wai-go, Wai-go, Wai-go – get your Wai-go here.
Everybody do the Wai-go. Let’s Wai-go morning, noon and night. Wai-go to
the left, Wai-go to the right. Everybody Wai-go. Sorry - just like the
sound of that! In fact, Mr. Wai-go is a substitute for Mr. Viagra which
was intended to be the original title of this film, but it appears that
a certain company was not too thrilled with that and threatened a law suit.
So the name was changed – but thankfully not the movie. I don’t know why
the company was worried because this film is a great advertisement for
This low budget film directed by Aman Chang
is a hilariously tacky and totally tasteless take on male sexual dysfunction
in these modern day stressful times. Not surprisingly, Wong Jing and Bad
Boys Production was behind this effort. Considering the completely crass
nature of the content, an absolutely excellent cast of Eric Tsang, Anthony
Wong, Spencer Lam, Helen Law Lan, Yuen King, Angie Cheung and Pinky Cheung
was put together and they are seemingly having the time of their lives.
Watching a truly fine actor like Anthony Wong fruitlessly try to achieve
an erection and also play the role of his own penis from time to time is
something that could only happen in HK. In so many of his recent middling
dramas, Wong has looked nearly asleep, but here he is quite brilliant in
an amusing understated way.
This film of course may not be for everyone. For
example, scenes such as these may easily offend many people. Anthony Wong
is lying on the floor being “pleased” by his wife Yuen King (Wing Chun)
when his blind mother (Helen Law Lan) comes out looking for him, but he
continues pressuring his wife to finish the deed at hand. He finally tells
both his mother and wife “I am coming, I am coming” and his wife then responds
to her mother-in-law in a gargled manner – breaking that standing rule
not to talk with your mouth full! And talking of having your mouth full
– Anthony who portrays an aging porno actor asks his co-star to see if
she can get him aroused to which she cheerfully complies after taking a
huge bite of a very messy looking sandwich. Comedy ain’t always pretty.
On top of this, a page is stolen from Woody Allen
when the camera checks in with the sperms occasionally to see how they
are reacting. Most of them are far from pleased – they are old, tired and
have had far too little exercise recently as they spend much of their time
playing Mahjong and when they are finally called upon one complains “for
all our effort, we only end up on paper tissue!”
There is a story here and believe it or not
it is actually somewhat sweet and endearing. It tracks three men and their
Eric Tsang and his cronies live in a small village
where life is dull and routine until Bobo (Angie Cheung) and her husband
move to town. Their loud, nightly love making sessions give them all something
to do and the men of the town begin parking themselves outside of their
window and listening. Soon vendors are selling food and drinks to the large
crowd. Tsang has his first erection in years (to which a choir breaks out
in Hallelujah), but when the husband dies in an accident the music dies
so to speak and the town has to go back to watching TV. Eric though begins
making obscene phone calls to Angie expressing his fantasies about school
uniforms and spanking.
As mentioned before Wong is a porn star facing
a career crisis – he seems to only be able to get an erection for his wife
when she is housecleaning. A Japanese female sex superstar is coming to
perform with him and he starts searching frantically for a Viagra so that
he can uphold the reputation of China. The resolution of this is extremely
amusing and touching in a truly perverse way.
Then finally there is Spencer Lam (the priest
in the Y&D series) who is Anthony’s father and receives a bottle of
Viagra for his birthday from his old crony friends. He tries to snuggle
up to Helena Law Lan, but she will have nothing to do with him - but he
soon finds himself the object of desire of Pinky Cheung. His Viagra starts
whipping his sperm to shape up and work harder.
It is all completely insane, gratuitous (there
is some nudity), frivolous and manages to poke fun at many subjects. Director
Chang does a splendid job of keeping the gags and gagging coming and uses
the camera in a way that is inventive and very clever.
My rating for this film: 7.5
Distributor - Mega Star
This is a low buget film, but the transfer
is very clean and clear and the colors are sharp.
Previews: G4, Beast Cops, Midnight Zone
Subs - English, Chinese, Thai, Vietnamese and
Star files - Wong Jing, Eric Tsang and Anthony
Easy to read subs