God of Gamblers
Dir / Scr: Wong Jing
Prod Co: Win's
Cast: Chow Yun-fat, Andy Lau, Charles Heung, Joey Wang, Cheung Man
1989 / Colour / 35mm / Cantonese / Chi & Eng Subtitles / 125min
Gambling films, which were very popular in the late 1980s, are the opposite of Money (1959) in its attitude towards getting rich quick. Hong Kong by then had unapologetically embraced free-market capitalism. Not only was unearned wealth no longer disdained, the urge for it was in fact openly expressed and readily accepted. Gambling, with its added dimensions of risk, globetrotting glamour and luxurious trappings like casinos and tuxedos, lends itself naturally to film. God of Gamblers, directed by the unapologetically commercial Wong Jing, at once celebrates this attitude towards money and seeks reprieve from it. In a plot inspired by Rain Man (1988), the title deity (the great Chow Yun-fat) suffers a head trauma and reverts briefly to a child-like state, a vacation in innocence from high-stake capitalism. But, alas, nurtured by a young hustler (Andy Lau, with the callow charm of a rising star), he eventually saunters back into the ring…
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# Post-screening talk with Wong Jing & Lam Kam-po
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