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鬼馬雙星 (1974)
Games Gamblers Play

Reviewed by: Chungking_Cash
Date: 11/03/2008

Cantonese comedies often have difficulty finding an audience outside of the dialect since the bulk of their delivery is rooted in culture-specific sight gags and word play. To its credit, "Games Gamblers Play" does contain a handful of good bits and one-liners, but those same punch lines are fairly universal and could exist anywhere.

An early hit for sibling duo Michael and Samuel Hui "Games Gamblers Play" is a fairly thin romp about two conmen who meet in prison and then take their act on the road once they are released. Situations come and go; characters appear and disappear.

Despite the fact that "Games Gamblers Play" acted as a jumping-off place for the successful careers of the Hui brothers -- this one may be a complete mystery to some audiences.

Reviewer Score: 5

Reviewed by: STSH
Date: 12/04/2005
Summary: Maybe you had to be there

Must disagree strongly with the other reviewers. It may have been groundbreaking and funny in the 70s, but not so now.

The yardstick I use is their hilarious outing of two years later, Private Eyes. GGP is far inferior to PE. Put simply, it is that lamest of beasts, a comedy without laughs. Despite the charming presence of Sam Hui and the all-out mouth-open-wide antics of brother Michael and a cast of dozens, all of the gags just fell flat for me.

Deal me out of this one !

Reviewer Score: 2

Reviewed by: mpongpun
Date: 05/08/2002

This was a ground breaking comedy hit by Golden Harvest and Michael Hui. Michael Hui stars, writes, and directs this flick, which apparently did better than flicks like Bruce Lee's Fist of Fury for example. The flick has a catchy song and is sung by Sam Hui. The song was released before the movie came out and was a hit too. The strategy of releasing the song before the movie was to draw more people to the movie. Seems liked it work. The story is about two guys, Wen (Michael Hui) and Chieh (Sam Hui), who meet up in prison and strike up a relationship. Once the two get out of prison, the two try to make money. They don't plan on making money with a regular job, but by ways of gambling. The two test their luck in mahjong, pai gow, game shows, dog races, casinos, etc. They win some and they lose some, but when they win, it’s nothing big. Finally, the two have a master plan to get big money. The plan centers on the dog races. They plan on betting a sum of money with a gangster named Ching (Wang Sam), implement their plan, and then receive a huge payout. Wen and Chieh's plan is exposed, and now Boss Ching wants their heads.

Reviewed by: Inner Strength
Date: 05/01/2002
Summary: GOOD

Well, this is the movie that started it all for the Hui brothers! This film was the break through for Michael Hui, and his own special comedy roles with his brothers Sam & Ricky. Many people would have seen this before I’m sure, even though there are hardly any reviews here. I’m sure they will all remember that horribly addictive theme tune (by Sam Hui), which has stayed in my head ever since I first saw this years ago, one of the first HK films I saw in fact.

The story is basically about a gambler (Sam Hui), who is not very good at winning. One day at a casino, he sees a man stealing chips (Dean Shek), and decides to beat him at his own game. However, in doing so he gets caught by the manager and is arrested. He is sent to jail (though a bit over the top I think for what he did) where he meets a prisoner (Michael Hui). The two gamble against each other in jail, and agree that when they are released they will both set up a major con. Lots of gambling and con scenes go on for the next 60 minutes, with a lot of comedy in-between. These days it would look nothing special, but at the time this was a major standout.

It’s a gambling comedy, yes-another one, but back in the 70’s there were hardly any compared to the amount being churned out these days. It is also (unlike a lot of new films) very very funny, though obviously some stupidity arises here and there. Cameos galore too from such 70’s stars as Ricky Hui(who is not a main character with his brothers in the film), Dean Shek, Chan Lung, Helena Law, Betty Ting, Roy Chiao, Lee Kwan, and others who you will know from HK 70’s films. James Wong also stars in his first major appearance in this. I think this one is still around VCD too, so if you find it and you like the Hui Brothers, it’s a must.

A 70’s non-kung fu classic! Recommended.

Rating: [4/5]

Reviewer Score: 8

Reviewed by: roninja898
Date: 02/21/2002
Summary: Great Early Gambling movie!!!

Ok, so it's not as great as "God of Gamblers" however it's still a great movie. A lot of dice hustling and card sharping techniques are demonstrated which are really funny. I highly recommend it. However, the vcd is not subtitled which stinks.

Reviewed by: hkcinema
Date: 12/21/1999

Brothers Michael and Sam team up as gambling conmen in thishilarious escapade.

[Reviewed by Tai Seng Catalog]