God of Gamblers Part III: Back to Shanghai (1991)
Reviewed by: MrBooth on 2001-11-21
Summary: Almost no gambling, but lots of silly comedy
GOD OF GAMBLERS III - BACK TO SHANGHAI. This one is purely on the SAINT OF GAMBLERS side of things, a pure Stephen Chiau movie. Almost no gambling takes place here, though there's lots of supernatural powers being weilded. Stephen Chiau is transported back to 1937 Shanghai, where he meets his own Grandfather and gets involved in the triads of the time. Some clear BACK TO THE FUTURE inspiration, but no direct scene stealing. Gong Li plays twin sisters - one the beau of the good Triad boss, the other her sister with the mental age of a 5 year old. She's quite good at this. The movie is a lot of fun, quite manic and creative. Some of the action scenes are quite shockingly brutal, and the treatment of the female characters has a definite Wong Jing touch which might offend some. There's plenty of Chiau comedy to be had from the movie though, including one of my all time favourite dialogues between Chiau and Uncle Tat!

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