100 Ways to Murder Your Wife (1986)

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.

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