Diana and Wai have become overburdened with debt, and in a scheme to make some quick cash, they put together a fake “family” to go on a reality TV show. Their family is pitted against another one, and they must compete to see who can live off the smallest amount of money. But as the game approaches the end, the shows’ producer forces the director to make a few changes to boost ratings, which may inadvertently expose Diana and Wai for the frauds they are.
Review: While low-key in the laughs department, this Derek Chiu-directed comedy proves accomplished in many other ways. Frugal Game possesses a welcome and even comforting message, as well as canny performances from a fine ensemble cast.
Cast: Eric Tsang Chi-Wai, Carol Cheng Yu-Ling, Miriam Yeung Chin-Wah, Eason Chan Yik-Shun, Lai Yiu-Cheung, Josie Ho Chiu-Yi, Conroy Chan Chi-Ching, Yiu Tak-Sing, Woo Ying-Man, Chan Man-Lui, Lee Shun-Yan, Tsang Kan-Wing, Ti Lung
Directed: Derek Chiu Sung-Kei
Runtime: 101 Minutes
Also Known As: Haan chin ga chuk, Qian qian gu zu
Country: China/Hong Kong