Du shen 2 (God of Gamblers' Return) Reviews
Ko's newfound tranquility in and around the walls of his beautiful French château is destroyed by a sadistic Taiwanese rival who disembowels the God of Gamblers' pregnant wife and places the fetus of his unborn son in a jar.
Oh yeah, did we mention that Wong Jing returns as writer/director? If you missed the opening credits you'll surely know by now.
The wife's dying wish: no gambling or revenge for 365 days, which essentially allows Wong to stuff the film's slightly bloated time frame with Wong Jing A la carte (notwithstanding the huckster suspending his two favorite subjects...for the time being).
The payoff seems tailor-made for audiences who have come to thrive on the genre-bending packaged hysteria Wong Jing is both loved and loathed for.
Only the second film in the franchise to feature Chow Yun-fat "God of Gamblers Return" is known as "God of Gamblers 2" in Hong Kong and was one of the former colony's largest grossing films of the '90s easily out performing all three of its successful predecessors.
A step down from the original. The first one had a Rain Man like story in which Ko Chun lost his memory and became friends with some riff raff. In this one, he saves a kid from a rich family targeted by muggers and they escape from the police for most of the movie.
The movie is saved with a tense final card match climax which was pretty entertaining. Not a necessary sequel, but worth checking out if you like the first one.
(1994) God of Gamblers' Return
(In Chinese with English subtitles)
Director Wong Jing wanted to make some money and he knows how to do it, by making this nonsensical 2nd or 4th whatever you call it! Whatever what was shown on this film had already been shown before on other films whether it's action or comedy and was better! This was a total waste of time that despite doing really well at the boxoffice making it the highest grossing movie of that year in Hong Kong, star Chow Yun Fat dissapproved of Wong Jing's direction this time one reason that is appearent was that in the first film sauve Chow Yun Fat always wore a suit and tie and in this one I don't remember him wearing one at all! The gags are not funny because of a lack of credibilty where the jokes are forced as well as the action sequences meaning that director Wong Jing didn't put too much thought into this film and just wanted to make a fast buck! You can watch this for curiousity sake, if you like wwhat you saw from the first 3 movies!
2 out 4