Ah Fai, the Dumb (1997)

Run Time - 106 min.  |   Countries - Hong Kong   |   MPAA Rating - NR
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Hong Kong comedian Eric Kot stars in this melodrama -- directed by Derek Chiu -- loosely based on the famed American short story "Flowers for Algernon" Ah Fai (Kot) is a bumptious simpleton in his late twenties who is the laughing stock of his neighborhood, much to the embarrassment of his mother. When his mom gets a surprise marriage proposal, she's thrown into a bit of a quandary -- does she stay with her needy son or does she follow her prospective husband to Hawaii. Eventually, she decides on the latter, putting him under the care of long time friend and fortuneteller Uncle Ying (Law Kar-ying). When Ah Fai falls off a tall building onto his head, he somehow only sustains mild injuries. While he is getting operated on, the doctors discover a massive tumor in his brain and remove it. The operation not only restores him to proper health but his I.Q. suddenly goes through the roof and he even discovers that he has ESP. Soon, Ah Fai is making a killing as a fortuneteller. Yet even as the money roles in, he is faced with the prospect of returning to his previous subpar intellect.