The Saint of Gamblers (1995)

Funny is funny, no? The Saint of Gamblers is a comedy film written, produced, and directed by Wong Jing. This film is made for Hong Kong audiences, at a time when its biggest stars were seeking international fame and fortune in Hollywood. The humor of the film is quite provincial as Wong has a grand time sending up the genre conventions he spent a decade developing.

The Saint of Gamblers marks the last collaboration of Andrew Lau Wai-Keung as a cinematographer and Wong Jing as a director. This was a time just before Lau made a name for himself as a director. Both men are at the top of their games. The movie looks real good and gets high technical marks all around.

This is not a film I would recommend to you if you are new to Hong Kong cinema. This one is for a more seasoned viewer. Of course, The Saint of Gamblers marks the film debut of the lovely Diana Pang Dan, which is worth the price of admission. Fans of Ng Man-Tat will be pleased with his comedy styling, and you can see Donnie Yen Ji-Dan is a supporting role. Look for one of the director/producers of the original All for the Winner, Corey Yuen Kwai in a small cameo role playing mahjong.

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