A master gambler loses his memory, and is befriended by a street hustler who discovers his supernatural gambling abilities.

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Ko Chun / 'The God of Gamblers' (as Chow Yun Fat)
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Joey Wang ...
Charles Heung ...
Fong Lung ...
Ko Yee (as Lung Fong)
Sharla Cheung ...
Janet (as Man Cheung)
Hon-Lam Pau ...
Chan Kam-Shing
Tse Lin Yang ...
Nam (as Chak Lam Yeung)
Fui-On Shing ...
Kau
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Brother Shing
Dennis Chan ...
Doctor Wong
Ching-Ho Law ...
Skinny
Lap Ban Chan ...
Knife's grandmother
Michiko Nishiwaki ...
Ko Chun's female Yakuza opponent
Yu Shangguan ...
Jane's Mother
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Do San (the God of gamblers) is a legendary gambler helped by his supernatural abilities. He undertakes to help a friend pay a debt by beating his friend's advisory at the card table. Despite being assigned a bodyguard Do San has a freak accident which leaves him with partial memory loss and at a mental stage of a child. The small time hustler Knife, his side-kick and his girl friend, being responsible for the accident takes care of the retarded Do San. After some time they discover that he has not lost all of his powers and takes him on a round at the local gambling halls. After being chased by both Knife's loan-shark and enemies closer to the home of Do San, a final showdown at the card tables may take place. Written by Staale A. Olsen <sao@idt.unit.no>

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The card marking technique used in the finale is an advanced form of illuminous marking, using certain chemicals not visible to the naked eye. To see the markings, you need a certain pair of glasses or contact lens. However, as you can see in the final showdown, marking cards doesn't always work. See more »

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When Yee and Ko Chun are in the hospital, Ko Chun has a large, circular blood stain on his head bandage. But when Knife breaks in, the blood stain is smaller and changes shape. See more »

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Odd mix of knockabout comedy and gambling gangster thriller
6 February 2015 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

One of Wong Jing's better directorial efforts, GOD OF GAMBLERS sees man-of-the-moment Chow Yun Fat playing an ultra-slick gangster/gambler who has a kind of supernatural ability to win at gambling. His activities soon bring him into contact with small-time crook Andy Lau, and after a bout of amnesia he finds himself caught up in a completely unpredictable adventure.

GOD OF GAMBLERS is a bit of an odd movie, plot-wise. Part of it feels like a slick John Woo thriller, complete with a lengthy and violent shoot-out in a multi-storey car park which wouldn't be out of place in the likes of THE KILLER. The other part of it is a more traditional Hong Kong comedy, a bit like the Jackie/Sammo flick HEART OF THE DRAGON, with some low brow humour and lots of situational stuff mixed in.

I have to say that I found the amnesia sub-plot to be overlong; it dragged the pacing of the film down as a whole, so my favourite parts were the first and final thirds. Saying that, it's still a pretty good little movie, with strong acting from Yun Fat and Lau, who make a good tag-team. The best bits are inevitably the stylish gambling sequences, which are funny and exciting in equal measure, filled with neat twists and some wonderful card tricks. Given this film's success at the box office, numerous sequels followed.


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