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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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Details

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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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

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

In the opening sequence, the English language prints omit the mention of 'San Francisco' in the caption, replaced by 'Win's Movie Production & I/E Co, presents'. The 'goofs' section explains the reason why. See more »

Connections

Spoofed in The Conmen in Vegas (1999) See more »

Soundtracks

Raindrops Keep Falling On My Head
(Instrumental)
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play your cards right
10 September 2013 | by lee_eisenbergSee 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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