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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 »

Parents Guide:

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Country:

Hong Kong

Language:

Cantonese | English

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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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 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 »

Goofs

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 »

Alternate Versions

Hong Kong video, laser disc, video computer disc and DVD versions lack 10 minutes of footage from original theatrical release. See more »


Soundtracks

Raindrops Keep Falling On My Head
(Instrumental)
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Awesome - One of the best movies ever made
3 October 2004 | by TD-11See all my reviews

All I can say is WOW! This movie has it all. There is action, comedy, drama, suspense. I have never seen a movie combine all elements as well as this one. I've seen about 10,000 movies in my life and this one rates in the top 5. It is that great! Chow Yun Fat is brilliant and certainly would have deserved an Oscar if this film had a proper US release. His comic genius is present in all aspects of his character. The supporting cast does a fine job, but he is the God of Actors and not just the God of Gamblers. The direction is superb as well. The timing, the camera angles and the music make this movie an absolute pleasure to watch. I just finished watching the DVD and will order the remainder of the series as soon as I'm finished typing here. WATCH THIS FILM!


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