Bet to Basic (2000)





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The Asian gambling film Bet to Basic concerns a gangster named Flying Dragon who owes a lot of unsavory types a great deal in gambling losses. Flying Dragon discovers his cousin Roy has uncanny luck at games of chance. He gets Roy to come to a casino in order to help raise the money to get Dragon out from under his creditors. Soon Roy is hobnobbing with some respected gamblers, but his lack of ambition makes it easy for him to become a pawn in the complicated machinations of very bad men.
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Jordan Chan
as Lloyd
Wah Yuen
as Wah Saam-Yuen
Eric Kot Man-Fai
as Kot Wo-Chin
Kar Lok Chin
as Fei Lung
Liu Fan
as Zhang
Charlie Cho
as Charlie
Lee Kin Yan
as Dragoon
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A mediocre gambling movie in a flooded genre also starring Yuen Wah (from the other mahjong movies Kung Fu Mahjong 1-3). While rather formulaic for the genre, their were a few comedic times but far too few to save this movie. Jordan Chan is the dopey hero who of course has uncanny luck to win at mahjong, while Chin Kar-lok plays his family member looking to exploit his power. Eric Kot and Yuen Wah play the mahjong masters who will teach young Chan the ways of the game to win back their honor after being defeated by their old student, Samuel Pang. The musical number was entertaining, the Election fishing spoof humorous, though the Kung Fu Hustle jokes were waaaay over played at this point. Overall nothing new and it does drag at times, however for fans of the genre at least it's another gambling movie and a mahjong one at that.

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