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God of Gamblers (1989)
"Du shen" (original title)

R  |   |  Action, Comedy, Drama  |  14 December 1989 (Hong Kong)
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A master gambler loses his memory, and is befriended by a street hustler who discovers his supernatural gambling abilities.



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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 ...
Man Tat Ng ...
Brother Shing
Doctor Wong
Ching-Ho Law ...
Lap Ban Chan ...
Knife's grandmother
Michiko Nishiwaki ...
Ko Chun's female Yakuza opponent
Yu Shangguan ...
Jane's Mother


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A nice drama, comedy and actionfilm
5 June 2000 | by (Froland, Norway) – See all my reviews

God of Gamblers is a bit of a hybrid of different genres. There`s intense drama, lively comedy and ultraviolent action. Chow Yun-Fat is God of Gamblers. Because of an accident, his mental state is reduced to the level of a child, but he has not lost his gamblegift(nor his hunger for chocolate). The people responsible for the accident(they didn`t mean to by the way) soon discover the unusual gift of their "patient", and begin to take advantage of it. Chow Yun-Fat gets a chance to prove his great acting abilities, without so much use of a gun(he also uses a gun, but rather rarely).

God of Gamblers has intense drama and a rather nice soundtrack(if a little bizarre at times). The comedy part is also all right, but a Western audience might find quite a few of the jokes a little TOO chinese for their liking. Overall though, God Of Gamblers is a quite tasty hongkong-movie that every fan should see. 8,5/10

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