The X-Files (1993– )
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Mulder, Scully and a local Chinese American cop investigate a deadly secret lottery run by the Triads in San Francisco's Chinatown district. The game is free to play but losing will cost you more than an arm and a leg.


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Chris Carter (created by), Jeff Vlaming (as Jeffrey Vlaming)

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Episode complete credited cast:
David Duchovny ... Fox Mulder
Gillian Anderson ... Dana Scully
BD Wong ... Det. Glen Chao (as B.D. Wong)
Lucy Liu ... Kim Hsin (as Lucy Alexis Liu)
James Hong ... Hard-Faced Man
Michael Yama ... Hsin
Doug Abrahams ... Detective Neary
Ellie Harvie ... OPO Staffer
Derek Lowe ... Johnny Lo
Donald Fong Donald Fong ... Vase Man
Diana Ha Diana Ha ... Dr. Wu
Stephen Chang ... Large Man (as Stephen M.D. Chang)
Paul Wong ... Wiry Man


Scully and Mulder investigate the murder of someone who was burned alive in a funeral parlor crematorium. The autopsy reveals that he was missing several vital organs - an eye, a kidney - and Scully immediately suspects that the man was selling his organs, any of which would fetch a very high price. Working with a local Chinese-speaking detective, Glen Chao, Mulder gets a lead when they find pieces of hell money, fake currency that is used as a symbolic offering. It all leads them to a deadly game among newly arrived immigrants in need of real money. Written by garykmcd

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English | Cantonese

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29 March 1996 (USA) See more »

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Did You Know?


James Hong, who plays Hard-Faced Man, also played the character Hannibal Chew in Blade Runner (1982). In Blade Runner, Hannibal Chew's job is to create eyes for the replicants. As Hard-Faced Man in "Hell Money", the character is seen preparing to remove eyes. See more »


[to Mulder and Scully]
Det. Glen Chao: Look, you don't even know what the hell you're dealing with. This isn't some pretty little lacquer box you can just take the lid off and find out what's inside. You might see the face of a Chinese man here but let me tell you something: they don't see the same face. They see the face of a cop. American-born Chinese - A.B.C. To them, I'm just as white as you are.
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References Ghostbusters (1984) See more »


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A rather disappointing episode...
16 March 2009 | by marjorieySee all my reviews

Bought the whole set from amazon as I missed some episodes/some series!

To me, this episode is quite annoying...for 2 main reasons:

1. I am Chinese & speak Cantonese which was the language the Chinatown characters spoke...I found all those Chinese ppl spoke rather slow, seems Cantonese is a foreign language to them...I am not sure if this's the real case for immigrants...but Lucy's Liu's father claimed he lived there for several years I supposed he won't lose his mother- tongue??

2. The gangster called Lucy's Liu's father's name wrong! His surname written on the plate for "lucky draw" was "Suen", but the gangster called him "Sum", this was a HUGE mistake!! The two names in Chinese is very different!

XD this made me wonder if the research for other x-files relate to other nations would have errors as well...

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