‘Mahjong in Holland’ 2005 online
- Published on Saturday, 10 September 2011 08:00
- Written by Martin Rep
NIJMEGEN, the Netherlands - Finally! More than six years after the first Open European Mahjong Championship, the movie ‘Mahjong in Holland’ has been made available online. At the time, this comic feature was made to introduce the hosting country to the participants of the tournament. Directors Bram van Erkel and Jelte Rep have now granted permission to upload the movie to YouTube on the occasion of the 100th MERS tournament, which will take place this month at Bruck upon Mur, Austria.
In the movie, the couple Pa and Ma Jong (Wim and Griete Knieriem) claim that the game of mahjong is a Dutch invention, and they come with 'proof'. Finally, they convince skeptical Bram van Erkel. Meanwhile, the video shows a number of tourist highlights of the Netherlands, i.e. the windmills, the tulips, the Amsterdam canals and the old city of Nijmegen, where the OEMC2005 took place.
The European championship in Nijmegen was the first tournament organised by the European Mahjong Association (EMA). It was also the first competition with a ranking MERS: Mahjong Europe Ranking System. The 100th in this series will be the Bruck Mahjong Open, September 24~25. The coming month, Mahjong News will publish a number of articles about this special jubilee.