MIA announce The God of Gamblers
MIA have announced the 1989 Hong Kong classic The God of Gamblers for R2 DVD release under their appropriately named Hong Kong Classics label for February 17th 2003 with a retail price of £15.99. This two disc collectors edition will include the following features/presentations...
-Anamorphic Widescreen presentation of the original Cantonese language version with remastered English Subtitles
-Exclusive interviews with Chow Yun Fat, Andy Lau and Wong Jing
-Extensive biographies and filmographies of cast and filmmaker
-Production still gallery
-Full screen international version of the film with Dolby Digital sound
From the PR...
Although a great many Hong Kong films are hailed as "classics", not many actually manage to live up to that accolade, with the likes of The Killer, Hard Boiled, City On Fire, Bullet In The Head, A Better Tomorrow and Police Story being among those few worthy of the title. One other film that ranks among those films and undisputedly deserves the title "classic" is Wong Jing's seminal 1989 caper THE GOD OF GAMBLERS.
Chow Yun Fat (Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon; The Killer) plays the mysterious Ko Chun, a legendary gambler gifted with almost supernatural skills when it comes to winning games of chance. At the request of a Japanese businessman he agrees to take on a Taiwanese gambler in a high stakes game, but before the game takes place Ko hits his head in a freak accident, leaving him with partial amnesia and reducing him to the mental age of a child. He is taken in by small time hustler Knife (Andy Lau) and his girlfriend Jane (Joey Wong), neither of whom knows who he is, but who soon discover his incredible talent for gambling. When Knife and Jane set out to exploit Ko's talents, the trio find themselves the targets of vicious gangsters hell-bent on eliminating them and usurping Ko Chun as the God of Gamblers.
Director Wong Jing (Return To A Better Tomorrow; City Hunter) blends violent action, intense drama, hair-raising stunts and outrageous slapstick in this classic of Hong Kong cinema. A massive hit in Hong Kong on its original release THE GOD OF GAMBLERS kicked off a wave of imitators and spawned three sequels. The all-star cast includes Chow Yun Fat (Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon; The Killer), Andy Lau (Return To A Better Tomorrow), Dennis Chan (Double Dragon; Police Story 2) and Joey Wong (City Hunter; A Chinese Ghost Story).
THE GOD OF GAMBLERS (cert. 15) is released on VHS (£12.99) and, for the first time in the UK, as a special two disc collector's edition DVD (£15.99) by Hong Kong Classics on 17th February 2003. Special features on the DVD include an anamorphic widescreen presentation of the original Cantonese version with remastered English subtitles, exclusive interviews with Chow Yun Fat, Andy Lau and Wong Jing, extensive biographies and filmographies of cast and filmmaker, production still gallery, theatrical trailers, Dolby Digital sound, scene selection and fully interactive moving menus. The second disc in the set features the full screen international version of the film with Dolby Digital sound, scene selection and fully interactive moving menus.