1 user 1 critic

The Gigolo (2015)

Aap wong (original title)
The life of a Hong Kong gigolo named Fung, who started with nothing and now has everything.


Cheuk Man Au


Cheuk Man Au




Credited cast:
Dominic Ho Dominic Ho ... Fung
Candy Ka-Man Yuen Candy Ka-Man Yuen ... Michelle (as Candy Yuen)
Jeana Ho Jeana Ho ... Chloe
Hazel Tong Hazel Tong ... Yoyo
Winnie Leung ... Belle
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Wing-Yu Cheung Wing-Yu Cheung ... (as Gloria Cheung)
Nancy Chow Nancy Chow ... Customer (as Nancy Zhou)
Wong Chun-Tong Wong Chun-Tong ... Shing
Jolie Fan Jolie Fan ... Jolie
Kai-Wa Ho ... So
Tony Ho ... Ben
Elena Kong ... Hung
Angel Koo Angel Koo ... Lady on yacht
Angelina Lo Angelina Lo ... Jane
Ronan Pak Ronan Pak ... Chris
Learn more

More Like This 

The Gigolo 2 (2016)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.2/10 X  

Hong Kong sex comedy The Gigolo returns with a darker and even more salacious sequel, again starring Dominic Ho as the gigolo king who can send any woman to seventh heaven with his ... See full summary »

Director: Kwok-Man Keung
Stars: Nancy Chow, Iris Chung, Dominic Ho
Gigolo (2015)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  

Based in the countryside of Northern France, a region particularly blighted by unemployment and the economic crisis, Didier, 47, uninhibitedly practices his activities as a gigolo, despite ... See full summary »

Director: Hubert Marécaille
Call Boy (2018)
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

University student Ryo works at a bar part-time to earn money. He is not enamoured with his job or life for that matter. He is introduced to a female pimp who first tests him, and once he ... See full summary »

Director: Daisuke Miura
Stars: Kyôko Enami, Kenta Izuka, Yû Koyanagi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  

Tragedy and temptation become tangled in this tale of complicated love. Three years ago, Ja-young tragically lost her beloved husband, leaving Ja to raise a daughter, Yoo-jin. When handsome... See full summary »

Director: Kim In-Shik
Stars: Dong-Hyuk Cho, Ha-eun Jung, Ye-ji Kong
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.6/10 X  

Dongchul, who is managing a small bar, is always enthusiastic about his school reunions. One day, Yujin, who has never showed up to a reunion, shows up at his bar.

Director: Jung Dae-man
Stars: Song Chang-Hyeon, Kim Eun-bi, Choi Go-eun
Love Affair (2014)
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  

An older married guy who runs a bookstore has an affair with another married woman.

Director: Jung-hwan Kim
Stars: Se-ah Han, Ju-ho Jeon, Jeong-uk
Yeonaeui mat (2015)
Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

A female urologist and a male obstetrician open clinics in the same building. They become entangled and cure their own pain through each other.

Director: Aaron Kim
Stars: Ji-Ho Oh, Ye-won Kang, Ju-Hee Ha
Mae Bia (2015)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.4/10 X  

Chanachol, recently returned to Thailand after living overseas, signs up for a tour to get back in touch with Thai culture, and finds himself attracted to the tour guide, Mekhala. There are... See full summary »

Director: M.L. Pundhevanop Dhewakul
Stars: Shahkrit Yamnarm, Karnpitchar Ketmanee, Jiravich Pongpaijit
Gigolos (TV Series 2011)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  

Reality television series that shows an uncensored look at the life of Las Vegas gigolos.

Stars: Nick Hawk, Brace Land, Vin Armani
Natali (2010)
Mystery | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.7/10 X  

People who have build a wall around themselves. A sculptor Jun-hyeok, an art critic Min-woo, and a modern dance student Mi-ran. A mystery melodrama about the love and secrets of the three people.

Director: Kyung-jung Joo
Stars: Ji-hoon Kim, Ki-yeon Kim, Seong-jae Lee
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  
Director: Gil-Byeong Chae
Stars: Cho-Hyeon Park, Seong-Hwan Kim, So-Yoon An
Sowon taeksi (2013)
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

A suicide club is formed with the ultimate intention of death for everyone within the club. But the members of the club decide to fulfill their bucket lists before this can happen.

Director: Park Chang-Jin
Stars: So Young Han, Seong-won Jang, Sun Yeong Kim


Dominic Ho stars as Ho Kui-Fung, a well-hung young man who starts working at the gigolo club owned by his cousin Hung (Elena Kong) after being expelled from school. Fung starts as a janitor but his innocent looks make him a favorite of club regulars, including Yoyo (Hazel Tong) and Michelle (Candy Yuen), the latter of whom brings Fung to her yacht for a many-housewives-on-a-single-gigolo action. Fung feels demeaned but after some training from Abson, he overcomes his insecurities to become the best gigolo ever. Seriously, he soon has the hard-to-please Yoyo eating out of his palm, plus Michelle now wants him exclusively.

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis


Comedy | Drama | Romance


See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

View content advisory »

Did You Know?


References The Seven Year Itch (1955) See more »

User Reviews

Neither an amusing riff on the genre nor the affecting melodrama it wants to be, this terrible excuse for a Cat III film will leave you limp and wanting
2 May 2015 | by moviexclusiveSee all my reviews

There's no other way to say this – 'The Gigolo' is a terrible film.

Its Chinese title may suggest a throwback to the Cat III movies of the 80s and 90s, and at least at the start, that seems to be what writer/ director Au Cheuk-Man was aiming for. Indeed, it would be fine if Au wanted his movie to be no more than a sex farce, but no, halfway through the farce, he decides that he ought to make it some moving drama about how the shy, mild-mannered teenager who overcomes his inhibitions not by choice but by circumstance and becomes the titular 'King of Gigolos' is now tragically prevented from falling in love despite having found his soulmate. The result is one of the most ludicrous plot contrivances we've seen in a while, enough really to make us go limp, if you catch our drift.

The gigolo at the centre of Au's film is Ho Kui-Fong (played by 'Lan Kwai Fong's' Dominic Ho), who relates his 'coming-of-age' story beginning from his high-school days as a basketball player who crosses path with a gangsterly schoolmate that happens to be in love with the same girl. Their disagreement boils over when that same schoolmate tries but fails to frame his fellow player for drug possession and then demands compensation for it in return; expelled from school, and forced to support his family after his mother hurts her back, he goes to work at his aunt's (Elena Kong) club as a janitor, where due to his clean-cut looks, he gets some of her regular clientele excited at seeing 'fresh meat'.

Egged on by his aunt, Fung decides to make his maiden foray into the skin trade but ends up humiliating himself by 'cumming' too early in front of Yoyo (Hazel Tong) and seasoned veteran Chris (TVB star Ronan Pak). That forms his resolve to seek out Absom, who has a reputation for being 'king of the gigolos' and which he eventually does. In one of its most self-aware moments, the filmmakers have cast former Cat III actor Pal Sin as Absom, whose training of Fung includes getting the latter to lick a coin against a mirror so quickly that it stays on the surface and using his fingers against a woman's body as if he were playing the piano. These scenes are arguably the most entertaining bits of the movie, but their pleasures are not new – fans of Hong Kong Cat III sex comedies will recognise the similarities with Chapman To's 'Naked Ambition II', where he received similar training under veteran Japanese AV actor Taka Kato.

Whereas To's earlier film was a self-aware parody of the well- established Japanese AV industry, Au's own chronicle of one man's rise to fame (pun intended) is entirely self-serious, so much so that any hint of humour is in fact unintentional. Unfortunately for its sake, it actually is funny, but only because it is jaw-droppingly daft without knowing it. Why should a bunch of thugs out to collect a debt end up hacking their debtor to death, while leaving the debtor's family member right next to him virtually unscathed? What are the odds that one of Fung's regular clients, Michelle (Candy Yuen), turns out to be the stepmother of his girlfriend Chloe (Jeana Ho)? What are the odds that Fung's aunt happens to be in debt as well, such that she would hand over a personal video of Fung at work in her club servicing her clients to Michelle so that the latter can wreck her stepdaughter's relationship with her gigolo?

We get that plot isn't necessarily one of the strong suites of a movie like this, but Au's intention to draw sympathy for Fung and his awkward predicament having 'f**ked' both his girlfriend and her stepmother is simply hilarious. That doesn't even begin to describe the finale, which is so ludicrous it deserves an award of its own. Besides a jealous husband and an equally envious stepmother, there is also a vindictive step-daughter and rape and murder thrown in for good measure. It is utterly absurd to say the very least, just the icing on the cake – or to be more accurate, the hovering fly on top of the stinking pile of turd that this maudlin and woefully filmed drama is.

Since character is just as inconsequential here, the acting is just as forgettable; instead, what you're probably interested to know is how much skin each actor or actress shows. Like what you've already heard, Candy Yuen goes topless for a number of sex scenes in the movie, but don't count on the former Miss Hong Kong contestant to set your pulse racing. On the other hand, Jeana Ho is all tease and no show, so those looking for her to follow in the footsteps of Yuen might as well banish that thought. Females however will likely get a kick out of seeing Dominic Ho bare (almost) all for the camera, and it doesn't hurt that he does look great in the role.

And yet, as the saying goes, beauty is just skin deep, so if you're looking for skin and nothing else, then yes you'll get some of that in 'The Gigolo'. Even so, to sit through one and a half hours of tedium just to get to those scenes is hardly worth the while, and it is not even as if the wait can be called foreplay to begin with. Rather than turn this into some melodrama about the plight of a reluctant teenager turned professional gigolo, Au would have done his film and himself a favour by making a straightforward comedy instead of one that ends up being unintentionally so. No wonder then that even Wong Jing himself stepped away from making this farce of a farce after all – yes, it really is that bad.

11 of 14 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See one user review »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.


Official Sites:

Official Facebook


Hong Kong



Release Date:

29 January 2015 (Hong Kong) See more »

Also Known As:

鴨王 See more »


Box Office

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

See more on IMDbPro »

Company Credits

Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs



See full technical specs »

Contribute to This Page

Free Movies and TV Shows You Can Watch Now

On IMDb TV, you can catch Hollywood hits and popular TV series at no cost. Select any poster below to play the movie, totally free!

Browse free movies and TV series

Recently Viewed