God of Gamblers (1989)
Reviewed by: Gaijin84 on 2005-08-30
Summary: Maybe I was tainted by the poor DVD....
Chow Yun-Fat stars as Ko Chun, a man widely referred to as the "God of Gamblers." He not only dominates games of skill, but games of chance always seem to go his way as well. When he is challenged, he attracts throngs of people to watch him annihilate his opponent at any game chosen. As the movie opens, Ko is challenged by a Wong, a business man who wants to see just how lucky the God of Gamblers is. After Ko crushes him in both dice and Mah-Jongg, the challenger concedes. Later that night at dinner, Wong proposes a business proposition to Ko Chun: ruin a group of dirty gamblers, led by a man named Chan, who financially ruined his father. Ko Chun accepts, and works his way up through the group until he is finally about to meet the leader. Unfortunately, before the big showdown, Ko falls into a trap set by some local Hong Kong teens. He falls down a hill, smashes his head, loses all memory of who he is, and mentally reverts to being a 8 or 9 year old. Fortunately, he is found by the same teens, who nurse him back to health but are unsure what to do with him; that is until they find his knack for gambling. Their leader Knife (Andy Lau) comes up with hair-brained schemes to make some quick money, but nothing really seems to work out. After trying to ditch him, Knife realizes that he has grown attached to Ko. By this point, everyone is looking for Ko, and he is slowly coming back to his senses. His old bodygaurd has tried to pin Ko's girlfriend's murder on him, and the police are closing in. Predictably, Ko eludes the cops, regains his former mental state and once again wreaks havoc on the gambling world.

Chow Yun-Fat once again provides a quality acting turn, as does Andy Lau and his girlfriend, played by Joey Wong. Unfortunately, after starting with a bang, the story really loses steam and there is not enough of Chow being his suave self to keep the interest going. The story also tends to spin a little out of control and wraps up much too quickly, leaving you wondering what's going to happen to most of the characters.
4/10
Reviewer Score: 4