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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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Action | Comedy | Drama

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

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Details

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:

| (dubbed)

Sound Mix:

Mono | Stereo (DVD version)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The God of Gambler's "card changing" technique is a form of handmucking. The technique used in the film consisted of switching cards from the same deck. However, not all of the steps are shown. 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

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

Followed by Legend of God of Gamblers (1996) See more »

Soundtracks

Raindrops Keep Falling On My Head
(Instrumental)
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A nice drama, comedy and actionfilm
5 June 2000 | by action-6See all my reviews

God of Gamblers is a bit of a hybrid of different genres. There`s intense drama, lively comedy and ultraviolent action. Chow Yun-Fat is God of Gamblers. Because of an accident, his mental state is reduced to the level of a child, but he has not lost his gamblegift(nor his hunger for chocolate). The people responsible for the accident(they didn`t mean to by the way) soon discover the unusual gift of their "patient", and begin to take advantage of it. Chow Yun-Fat gets a chance to prove his great acting abilities, without so much use of a gun(he also uses a gun, but rather rarely).

God of Gamblers has intense drama and a rather nice soundtrack(if a little bizarre at times). The comedy part is also all right, but a Western audience might find quite a few of the jokes a little TOO chinese for their liking. Overall though, God Of Gamblers is a quite tasty hongkong-movie that every fan should see. 8,5/10


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