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God of Gamblers (1989)

Dou san (original title)
A master gambler loses his memory, and is befriended by a street hustler who discovers his supernatural gambling abilities.

Director:

Jing Wong

Writer:

Jing Wong
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Yun-Fat Chow ... Ko Chun / 'The God of Gamblers' (as Chow Yun Fat)
Andy Lau ... Michael Chan / Little Knife / Dagger
Joey Wang ... Jane
Charles Heung ... Lung Wu / 'Dragon'
Fong Lung ... Ko Yee (as Lung Fong)
Man Cheung ... Janet
Hon-Lam Pau ... Chan Kam-Shing
Tse Lin Yang ... Nam (as Chak Lam Yeung)
Fui-On Shing ... Kau
Man-Tat Ng ... 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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Storyline

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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Genres:

Action | Comedy | Drama

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

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Country:

Hong Kong

Language:

Cantonese | English | Japanese

Release Date:

14 December 1989 (Hong Kong) See more »

Also Known As:

God of Gamblers See more »

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Box Office

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$4,751,175
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

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Sound Mix:

Mono | Stereo (DVD version)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

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 »

Goofs

In the opening scene, Ko appears to play baccarat in a casino in San Francisco whilst other gambling machines are visible. Casino gambling is illegal in most parts of the United States including California. This caption, mentioning San Francisco at the start, is excluded in English language print. See more »

Alternate Versions

UK cinema and video versions were cut by 41 secs to remove shots of a butterfly knife being twirled and to shorten a scene where a man threatens to slash a woman's face with a knife. The DVD released in 2003 in the UK is uncut, as all previous cuts were waived by the BBFC in December, 2002. See more »

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Soundtracks

Raindrops Keep Falling On My Head
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Makes me want to become god of gamblers
14 April 2005 | by evilhinataSee all my reviews

This movie once again demonstrates Hong Kong cinema at its best. At the helm of the movie, Chow Yun Fat demonstrates magnificent acting skills as he is able to act in all types of characters, from being a man trapped in a child-like state, to ultimately being the "God of Gamblers". Andy Lau also gives a very note-worthy performance, as Chow Yun Fats sidekick (even though this is a much younger Andy Lau). The movie itself was pretty good, although I would have preferred if the movie was entirely serious instead of putting comic relief in the middle. Regardless buy this movie, it is a must for people who enjoy Hong Kong cinema!!


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