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賭神3之少年賭神 (1996)
God of Gamblers 3 - The Early Stage

Reviewed by: STSH
Date: 10/30/2010
Summary: Ripper, though not quite as good as GOG-Return

Reviewer Score: 9

Reviewed by: eson
Date: 02/17/2003
Summary: Lots of Fun

This movie really includes some of the dramatic elements from the first God of Gamblers with the slapsticky comedy of Returns. The action is well choreographed and quite charming, and all the leads perform very well considering the namesake they have to live up to. Leon Lai does very well with the material, playing the cool parts cool and the dramatic parts well, very decently! Anita Yuen is charming, Gigi Leung is looking good, and Jordan Chan really works in the role as the God of Guns. Highly recommended for those who really enjoy the GoG series, as there are a lot of nods to the original in it.


Reviewed by: Sydneyguy
Date: 05/29/2001
Summary: Pretty good

A entertaining movie, with a great ending, yet the movie feels incomplete!!
I always get this way when it's a Wong Jing movie for some reason!!
This movie explains many of the God of Gamblers habits, such as his chocolate appetite and his slick hair!!
Since others have said heaps, i will stop hear and give this


Reviewer Score: 8

Reviewed by: jfierro
Date: 12/21/1999

Wong Jing does it again! Another great entry in the God of Gamblers series. You'd think this one has no chance since it replaces the incredibly charismatic Chow Yun-Fat with the incredibly plain Leon Lai. But the star of this movie is the ingenious gambling scenarios and slick action sequences --- two things at which Wong Jing excels, and Leon Lai is smart enough to stay out of the way. It doesn't hurt that Jordan Chan is wholly believable as the principled fighting master of very few words, Lone Ng (Charles Heung's "God of Guns" character from the earlier films). As with all films in this series, plot elements are just thrown at you randomly, and then everything comes together in a climactic gambling sequence which will have you trying to guess the outcome in futility. It seems there are two types of Wong Jing films: those which he lets his grunts direct just to make a quick buck, and those in which he invests his great talent to produce a geniunely creative movie. Fortunately, it seems that the God of Gamblers series is near and dear to his heart.

Reviewed by: hktopten
Date: 12/21/1999

Repeat after me: Leon Lai would never be Chow Yun Fat and I hate Leon. Having said that, you could experience how I felt when I watch this blasphemy and followup to one of my favorite films of all time, God of Gamblers' Return. Anyway, bad stuff out of the way first: Wong Jing is so out of ideas he is ripping off TV, as Anita Yuen Wing Yi's character is almost a complete rip off of Carol Do Do Cheng Yiu Ling's character in TVB's Once Upon A Time In Shanghai. I am glad though to see the entire sequence of the mentionally incapaciated Ko Chun was edited out (sequeneces in which Leon jerks Tsui Kam Kong and Cheung Tat Ming around) to avoid repeating God of Gamlers 1. The character designs are great, but only a few of them are actually fleshed out (Kudoes to Jordan Chan Siu Chun's portrayal of Lung Ng and Chung King Fai as the god father). Francis Ng Chun Yu and Gigi Leung Wing Kei's roles are ineffective (mostly due to the lacking script) Anita Yuen Wing Yi holds her own as Miss Seven, and believe it or not, Leon actually does a decent job under the circumstances. Cheung Tat Ming does his usual schtick as the comic factor. Unlike God of Gamblers or its excellent sequel, the fun factor is almost nonexistent. Nevertheless, it is ok if you are bored or just want to watch it for the sake of completeness.

Reviewed by: pablo
Date: 12/09/1999

1969. Young Ko Chun is saved from life as a crippled street beggarby a mysterious godfather. 1986. Ko Chun is part of a three person team of professional gamblers. Meanwhile, Sister Seven has just recruited Vietnamese martial arts expert Lung Ng as her bodyguard. A private card game brings the two together, leading to events which will define Ko Chun as the God of Gamblers we know and love in the first two films of this series. You'd think any film that tries to put another actor in one of Chow Yun Fat's most famous roles is doomed to fail, but this one came out pretty good. The story is similar to the first two films - Wong Jing does whatever he wants for the first 90 minutes, then ties it all up with a clever explanation in the last 10. Production values are high, providing for a nice polished look to the film. Jordan Chan takes on the role of an action star quite well, and Anita does a good job with her role too. Other performances are on par; Leon doesn't add anything new to the character, but doesn't embarass himself either. Trivia buffs take note; this film explains everything about Ko Chun, from his predilection for chocolate to why he wears a jade ring on his pinky to why he gels his hair.

Reviewed by: spinali
Date: 12/08/1999
Summary: NULL

This prequel to God of Gamblers plays almost like a remake of the influential original (also by director Wong Jing); and in its own way, it's more satisfying. Sister Seven (Anita Yuen) is the daughter of a minor triad chieftain; Ko Chan (Leon Lai) is a gambling master whose specialty is poker, and he's been tutored by the Southeast Asian God of Gamblers on technical and psychological techniques; Love Ngo (Jordan Chan) is the sullen Vietnamese hitman who'll do anything for Sister Suen for just a bowl of rice; and cute Kent Kg (Gigi Leung) is master of manipulating dice, a gal who knows the values just by listening to the dice jingle. In a double-cross, Ko Chun is shot in the head by his mentor (with a gun disguised as a roll of lipstick -- I don't want to think about why a grown man would be carrying lipstick in the first place). The only thing that brings Chun back to full awareness is cheesecake (Moe! Larry! Cheese! -- it's amazing how different cultures independently come up with the same gags), his first step to the God of Gamblers World Competition in Law Vegas. Leon Lai has been developing quite a name for himself as a proficient actor; the story itself is favored with the starts and stops of your average poker game. Chow Yun-Fat doesn't appear until the very end, but with the inherent merits of this one, I'm not sure if it matters all that much.


[Reviewed by Steve Spinali]

Reviewer Score: 7