Monday 26 January 2015

78 Arrested in Hong Kong Mahjong Crackdown!

Photo credit South China Morning Post.YUEN LONG, Hong Kong 23 January 2015 - Police raided two apartments in Yuen Long early this morning, rounding up seventy-eight people and more than HK$25,000 in cash, based on a tip those apartments were operating as illegal gambling dens. Also seized were sixteen automatic mahjong tables and thirty-two sets of mahjong.

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Prominent actor panned by neighbor for rowdy mahjong parties

A neighbor of the 28-year-old model-turned-actor recently complained publicly that Ruan’s frequent all-night parties at his Taipei apartment had made it impossible for her son to sleep.
Following up on the complaint, local media reported that Ruan and his girlfriend, Tiffany Hsu (許瑋甯), a model and actress, regularly hold boisterous mahjong parties on weekends and holidays.
Responding to the complaint yesterday, Ruan did not deny holding noisy bashes, but said that if his lifestyle inconvenienced his neighbor in any way, he was willing to apologize and do his best to keep the noise down.
“However, she could have come and told me face to face instead of exposing it to the media,” he said.

Apartment

Ruan purchased the two-level rooftop apartment last year for NT$20 million (US$688,700, €503,000) and the space has become a popular hangout among his friends.
Ruan, a Taichung native, made a name for himself in 2008 when he starred in a romantic television series, Fated to Love You (命中注定我愛你), with TV sweetheart Joe Chen (陳喬恩). The drama was an instant hit, even catching the attention of the Wall Street Journal.
His career hit a high point last year when he won a Golden Horse for his depiction of a Wanhua District (萬華) hoodlum in the blockbuster gangster flick Monga (艋舺), which was Taiwan’s submission for Best Foreign Language Film at last year’s Academy Awards.

(Taipei Times)



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