(as Wong Jing)


(as Wong Jing)
1 nomination. See more awards »
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Action | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

Wong Jing's sequel to All for the Winner and spin-off to God of Gamblers finds Chow Sing Cho looking up to Michael "Dagger" Chan in order to become Ko Chun's next disciple, but the two must... See full summary »

Director: Jing Wong
Stars: Andy Lau, Stephen Chow, Man-Tat Ng
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.6/10 X  
Director: Jing Wong
Stars: Pak-Cheung Chan, Nick Cheung, Andy Lau
Action | Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

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

Director: Jing Wong
Stars: Yun-Fat Chow, Andy Lau, Joey Wang
Action | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

A low level gangster in Hong Kong gains new respect after saving a boss's life in a gang fight. Despite his wife's death in this attack, he appears to be moving up in the Triad family until... See full summary »

Director: Jing Wong
Stars: Andy Lau, Gigi Leung, Suki Kwan
Tricky Brains (1991)
Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

A trickster-for-hire, known as the Tricky Expert, is hired to ruin the lives of a father and son by making them think that he's a part of the family.

Director: Jing Wong
Stars: Stephen Chow, Andy Lau, Rosamund Kwan
Action | Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

Ko Chun vows to keep his identity hidden while looking for the gangsters who murdered his pregnant wife, in Wong Jing's sequel to his action/comedy classic.

Director: Jing Wong
Stars: Yun-Fat Chow, Tony Ka Fai Leung, Chien-Lien Wu
Action | Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

A monk turned body-builder, with the gift to see into people's lives, befriends a female cop, and uses his gift to change the force of Karma and her destiny.

Directors: Johnnie To, Ka-Fai Wai
Stars: Andy Lau, Cecilia Cheung, Siu-Fai Cheung
Action | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

Inside a Chinese prison two inmates form a friendship and face the difficulty of life on the inside.

Director: Ringo Lam
Stars: Yun-Fat Chow, Tony Ka Fai Leung, Ka-Kui Ho
Action | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

Police inspector and excellent hostage negotiator Ho Sheung-Sang finds himself in over his head when he is pulled into a 72 hour game by a cancer suffering criminal out for vengeance on Hong Kong's organized crime Syndicates.

Director: Johnnie To
Stars: Andy Lau, Ching Wan Lau, YoYo Mung
Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

Sammi Cheng plays Mimi Mo, a young exchange student to Japan who met and fell in love with a budding pianist, Kurokawa, played by Rikiya Kurokawa. Kurokawa eventually leaves to study music ... See full summary »

Directors: Johnnie To, Ka-Fai Wai
Stars: Andy Lau, Sammi Cheng, Rikiya Kurokawa
Action | Comedy | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

This film focuses on the disciple of the God of Gamblers, Chow Sing Cho, also known as the "Saint of Gamblers". A group of people with telekinetic powers matching his attack him and his ... See full summary »

Director: Jing Wong
Stars: Stephen Chow, Li Gong, Ray Lui
Action | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

A man discovers that his dumb, lovable nephew can see through objects and decides to unleash him into the world of gambling.

Directors: Jeffrey Lau, Corey Yuen
Stars: Stephen Chow, Man-Tat Ng, Sharla Cheung


Cast overview, first billed only:
Waise Lee ...
San Ken
Ma Kau Wan
Angie Cheung ...
Fanny (as Cheung Wai Yee)
Bonnie Law ...
King's Lover
Emotion Cheung ...
Ka-Wing Man ...
Raymond Chou
Ben Ng ...
Frankie Chi-Hung Ng ...
Chi Yeung Wong ...
Spencer Lam ...
Football Commentator
Jing Wong ...
Comrade Jing
Siu-Kei Lee ...
Winner Gary


Add Full Plot | Add Synopsis

Plot Keywords:

con man | gambler | See All (2) »




See all certifications »




Release Date:

24 December 1998 (Singapore)  »

Also Known As:

Dao hap 1999  »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Sound Mix:


Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See  »

Did You Know?


Followed by The Conmen in Vegas (1999) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

Great fun, but essentially worthless
30 January 2000 | by See all my reviews

THE CONMAN (Du Xia 1999)

Aspect ratio: 1.85:1

Sound format: Mono

Following their collaboration on the eminently watchable A TRUE MOB STORY (1998), director Wong Jing and star Andy Lau re-teamed almost immediately for THE CONMAN, a variation on the hugely successful "God of Gamblers" series. Here, Lau plays a ruthless card-sharp who's jailed for killing a mobster after being caught cheating during a routine card game. Upon his release five years later, a repentant Lau is targeted by the dead man's equally vicious brother (Waise Lee) and forced to play for big money against a notoriously successful gambler during a contest which revolves around the outcome of the 1998 World Cup (!). In the meantime, while searching for the wife and child he abandoned after landing in jail, Lau is given refuge by a loyal - though somewhat dim-witted - admirer (Nick Cheung) who is determined to learn the tricks of the gambling trade. And just to complicate matters, Lau finds himself unable to resist his feelings for Cheung's protective older sister (Athena Chu)...

Not an action film per se, THE CONMAN proceeds at a rapid clip whilst never really moving into first gear, perhaps because it foregoes elaborate set-pieces in favor of character-driven tableaux. Lau coasts through the film largely on autopilot (hardly surprising, given the material) and allows himself to be upstaged throughout by Cheung, who parlays the role of lovable buffoon into something quite distinctive through sheer force of personality. But the climactic card game - during which Lau and his cohorts attempt to deceive their opponents by rigging the satellite transmission of an alternative World Cup Final - lurches wildly from drama to comedy and back again, and hinges around such a ridiculous sequence of events that the entire film is completely derailed. Perversely, this ludicrous episode is also side-splittingly funny, with Cheung playing multiple roles (including the women!) during a series of fake commercial breaks which are designed to make it look as though Brazil won the Cup (don't ask me to explain why - you wouldn't believe me if I tried!). Having thus abandoned all credibility, the film has nowhere else to go. Ben Ng (RED TO KILL) and Karel Wong (THE JAIL OF NO RETURN) are featured in the supporting cast as a couple of vicious thugs, though neither of these fine actors is billed in the English-language credits.

(Cantonese dialogue)

1 of 2 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Discuss Du xia 1999 (1998) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for: