Conman in Tokyo (2000)

Funny man Nick Cheung Ka-Fai and heartthrob Louis Koo Tin-Lok are teamed up by producer Wong Jing in action filled comedy film spun out from the gambling genre he helped to create. Internationally acclaimed director Tony Ching Siu-Tung does excellent job making Cheung and Koo look like highly skilled martial artists. Cheung plays a low rent gambler with a typically huge ego who seeks out a legendary gambler, played by Koo, who dropped out of sight several years earlier. Involvement of Japanese production funding and the casting of Yasuaki Kurata mandates that various Tokyo locations are used for international flavor while the various plot intrigues play out.

Direction by the man who gave us such wonderful films as A Chinese Ghost Story and its sequels, Swordsman and its sequels, and Wonder Seven allows for kinetic martial arts fantasy sequences to burst on the screen every few moments. Koo's character, named Cool, is famous for throwing playing cards like deadly blades. Watch for a crazy scene were Cool battles a lady ninja using his cards against her deadly throwing stars. Christy Chung Lai-Tai demonstrates superior comedic acting skills as Cheung's girlfriend while bad guy Ben Lam Kwok-Bun gets particularly nasty with beautiful Athena Chu Yun. If you don't appreciate the comedy styling of Nick Cheung Ka-Fai, you should probably avoid this film.

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