God of Gamblers is a 1989 Hong Kong action comedy-drama film written and directed by Wong Jing, and featuring an ensemble cast.Chow Yun-fat plays Ko Chun, an extremely talented and well known gambler. On the eve of a big confrontation with a famous Singaporean gambler, Ko walks into a trap set by Knife (played by Andy Lau), an avid but a so-so gambler, meant for an Indian servant. Struck on the head, Ko suffers from amnesia and regresses to a child-like state. Knife, not knowing who Ko is, takes him in and gives him a name, the film following the pair's exploits as Knife exploits Ko's gambling ability.The film would spawn several sequels and spin-offs, notably Stephen Chow's All for the Winner. Stephen would later appear in a movie alongside Andy Lau called God of Gamblers II reprising their respective roles. note
Tropes associated with this work:
- Continuity Snarl: God of Gamblers showed that Ko Chun just met his bodyguard Lung Wu for the first time, yet the story was later written such that they established a friendship in the prequel God of Gamblers 3: The Early Stage.
- Disposable Woman: God of Gamblers, God of Gamblers Returns, and God of Gamblers 3: The Early Stage (Prequel to the first two films) contained particularly egregious examples of this trope. Any woman who Ko Chun loved, or any woman who have a crush on him, WILL ALWAYS die before the final game goes into play, giving him all the reasons for revenge on his opponent, who ALWAYS happened to be responsible for their deaths.
- Easy Amnesia: Ko Chun's having amnesia from injuries sets up the basis of the first film.
- Lighter and Softer: God of Gamblers II (Not to be mistaken with God of Gamblers Returns) and All for the Winner is more light-hearted in comparison to the first film God of Gamblers, in no small part to Stephen Chow's role. Additionally, revenge is not a main motivation for the main characters in these two spin-offs.
- The Magic Poker Equation: Given the nature of the film, it's not surprising this trope comes into play. The writing even attributes the "pick the best card" to an actual skill.
- As it is portrayed in the movie, Ko wins the lottery for Big Mouth (a gambling boss) not because of sheer luck but instead because of skill.
- Mundane Made Awesome: Just about every action is made out to be epic, regardless of whether or not it would be so in Real Life. Look on, ye lesser mortals, as Chow Yun Fat WALKS INTO A ROOM!
- Professional Gambler: The protagonists are, unsurprisingly given the nature of the work, professional gamblers.
- Psychic Powers: Sing has several, including but not limited to:
- Origins Episode: God of Gamblers 3: The Early Stage explains Ko Chun's 3 main characteristics as portrayed in God of Gamblers and God of Gamblers Returns - his slick-backed hairstyle (A promise to his 2nd lover), his love of Feodora brand chocolate (Revenge) and his jade pinky ring (A gift from his 2nd lover).
- Red Baron: The titular God of Gamblers, Ko. Knife would later become known as the Knight of Gamblers, and Sing from All for the Winner would become the Saint of Gamblers.
- Trademark Favorite Food: Ko loves eating chocolate, and chocolate is even the nickname Knife gives him while he has amnesia. Knife himself picks up the chocolate-eating in God of Gamblers II.
- Worthy Opponent: Lung Wu viewed Ko Chun that way in God of Gamblers 3: The Early Stage when they introduced themselves to each other through a fight.
- Absurdly High-Stakes Game: God of Gamblers Returns: As the poker game continues into final round, Ko Chun and Chau Siu-Chee each wager own eyeballs.
- Knowing how high the stakes of the poker game are, prior to the game, Chau Siu-Chee even resorts to employing Cheung Po-Sing's dubious supernatural ability, in order to cheat on the poker game by teleportatively swapping Ko Chun's cards. Little does Chau realize, that in fact Cheung is a mole set up by Ko.
- Fictional Counterpart: Cheung Po-Sing is the fictional counterpart of Chinese fraudster Zhang Baosheng. Zhang Baosheng was once believed to have supernatural abilities, because of massmedia publicity and scientific illiteracy.
- Skeptic No Longer: Initially Chau Siu-Chee is skeptical of supernatural powers and has no thoughts of utilizing it in the upcoming match with Ko Chun, but because of a big rumor about Cheung Po-Sing and because of A-bou's (Chau's ally) testimony of witnessing Ko fearing Cheung and finally after personally seeing Cheung doing magic tricks, then Chau believes Cheung supposedly can teleportatively swap cards.
- When Chau was first introduced to Cheung, Chau paid his due respect to Cheung by calling Cheung a national treasure of Mainland China supposedly for possessing supernatural abilities, despite that in fact Cheung is Ko's mole.