Du shen (God of Gamblers) Reviews
(1989) God of Gamblers
(In Chinese with English subtitles)
Chow Yun Fat likable as a master gambler at the beginning gets amnesia when bumping his head while going down a hill because people want to kill him as a result of his success. A small poor group of naive misfits finds Chow Yun- Fat and take him under their wing where they would then try to exploit him! As you're watching this, you're like why couldn't they have taken him to a hospital and so forth... and the reason is that it wouldn't be a much of a movie and no one would watch it! He builds a rapport with this family who is taking care of him with a mind of a child and an automatic hand as an ace gambler! More comedy slapstick, betrayls and back stabbings happen along the way, and of course action- a true definition of fun Asian Trash cinema from Wong Jing! There is even a necrophiliac scene which is kind of kind of unnecessary in the overall film and not for everybody!
This was a big boxoffice commercial hit with Hong Kong audiences wanting to see more which also inspired many Hong Kong copycats such as "King of the Gamblers", "All For The Winner", "Queen of Gamblers", "Gamblers vs Gamblers" etc...
3.5 out of 4
God of Gamblers stars CHow Yun Fat in his pre Hollywood days and i daresay puts him in one of the most unforgettable roles with this crowd pleasing comedy. Chow is the gambling don who, loses his memory and is saved by a bunch of ne'er do wells who discover and try to exploit his gambling skills. Yes, i know it sounds seriously cliched. And yes there are some seriously campy moments. But Chow is simply phenomenal as the chocolate loving, Gambing supremo. An entertaing and enjoyable film, one of CHow's most memeorable, and far, far better than most of the substandard movies he makes in Holllywood.
The Defender or "Zhong Nan Hai Bao Biao", stars Jet Li as the bodyguard from beijing, one of the very elite who is tasked with the job of protecting the absolutely babelicious Christy CHung. Don't expect great acting or dazzling directing, just relax and be entertained by good action sequences and a decent acting by Jet Li. And yes, gawk at the stunning Christy Chung. An enjoyable way to spend your time.
The Enforcer is riddled by a seriously lame plot, where Jet Li is a police officer going undercover, leaving behind a pugilistically talented son. Now the kid, who looks barely over 10, goes in search of his father, displaying remarkable martial arts skill in the process. The kid actually has rather good chemistry with Jet Li and even treatens to upstage him. If you ignore the seriously unbelievable plot, the enforcer is a watchable and entertaining, albeit lightweight flick.
Now if the Enforcer has a tenuous plot, Black MaSk is even worse. With a plot more farfetched than a kid's daydreams, one can safely ignore the plot and the many obvious logical flaws of the film and just concentrate on the action, which the film delivers competantly. However even if you forgive the plot, the many contrivances and lack of acting muscle, together with a poorly cobbled script, make it a less than mediocre offering, with only the action sequences of Jet Li saving it from abysmal failure.
The Heroic Trio stars the late Anita Mui with Michelle Yeoh and Maggie Cheung. Like the Enforcer, it also suffers from a tenuous plot (now why am i sounding like a bahroken record???) involving- if you can believe it- a plot to kidnap infant newborns as a sacrifice for some demonic ritual, which is thwarted by a trio of [i]Charlie's Angel[/i]ish superwoman with kick ass skills (and looking like a superhero out of a comic book) . And no, this ain't set it some period era like the ancient dyanasties, in which case it might be somwhat plausible, but set in a modern setting with cars and all. WTF, you might say? well don't expect much from the plot. Only slightly better than the abysmal Charlie's Angels, and somewhat redeemed by a surprisingly good soundtrack, the Heroic Trio is an exercise in mediocrity.