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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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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
Man Tat Ng ...
Brother Shing
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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 game played is 5-card stud poker. It was popular among many high-stakes gamblers in the US from the early 1900s to the early 1960s. While this game is still played privately in the US, it's not played that widely anymore. Also, the Asian & US rules are slightly different. 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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10 September 2013 | by (Portland, Oregon, USA) – See all my reviews

Part of the reason why I was a little confused about the plot of Wong Jing's "Du shen" ("God of Gamblers" in English) is that the copy that I watched cut off most of the subtitles at the bottom of the screen. From the amount that I could understand it was a very entertaining movie, casting Chow Yun-fat as a gambler with an almost supernatural gift. One of the best scenes takes place on scaffolding. Even if you can't read all the subtitles it's still a pleasant romp. Partially a study of the underbelly of gambling and partially a look at Hong Kong during its final years as the last British colony on Earth, the flick is a fun ride. Maybe not to the extent of a Bruce Lee or Jackie Chan movie, but enjoyable nonetheless. You'll probably like it.


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