Casino Raiders II (1991)

A dark and depressing film directed by Johnnie To Kei-Fung from his early pre-Heroic Trio days. This was a time when everyone was emulating the style of John Woo's The Killer. Casino Raiders II even goes so far as to use cinematographer Horace Wong Wing-Hang to get that "look"; plenty of slow motion shots with leaves and old newspaper blowing around on the ground.

Sequel in name only to the original, this film stars Andy Lau Tak-Wah as a 2nd rate gambler called upon to redeem his uncle and gambling master, played by Lau Siu-Ming. Pop star Andy is cast along with the beautiful Ng Sin-Lin as lovers in an effort to capture the screen magic they had in A Moment of Romance [1990]. It never quite happens.

The story revolves around a couple of magical jade pieces that never really play a part in the outcome of the plot. This movie has some crazy stunt work featuring a speed boat explosion, a car going of a cliff, and a brutal hanging. Casino Raiders II marks the film debut of Dave Wong Kit in a small, twisted role. Look for Anthony Wong Chau-Sang playing a creepy henchman for Kelvin Wong Siu's nasty villain.

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