God of Gamblers III: Back to Shanghai
|God of Gamblers III: Back to Shanghai|
|Directed by||Wong Jing|
|Written by||Wong Jing|
God of Gamblers III: Back to Shanghai (simplified Chinese: 赌侠2之上海滩赌圣; traditional Chinese: 賭俠2之上海灘賭聖; pinyin: Dǔxiá èr Shànghǎi tān Dǔshèng; lit. Knight of Gamblers II: Shanghai Beach's Saint of Gamblers) is a 1991 Hong Kong comedy film, a sequel to the film but prequel chronologically to God of Gamblers II. The film is directed by Wong Jing, and stars Stephen Chow and Ng Man Tat. The film does not feature the Knight of Gamblers, or the God of Gamblers. God of Gamblers III continues the story of the Saint of Gamblers (Chow).
After the events in God of Gamblers II, Tai-Kun who lost his ESP powers has regained the abilities again and seeks revenge against Sing, the Saint of Gamblers. When Tai-Kun, aided by his fellow disciples, exerts ESP powers under full force against Sing who is doing likewise to them, the spacetime becomes distorted and sends Tai-Kun and Sing to Shanghai in 1937.
Meeting his own grandfather Chow Tai Fook and the benign millionaire Ding Lik, Sing must deal with Ding Lik's foes and the Japanese military forces, with his "mistaken" crush on one of a pair of twin sisters, find out who defeated the French "God of Gamblers", Pierre Cashon, in that era (the mysterious "Comment allez-vous"), and finally find out how to travel back to Hong Kong in 1991.
- Stephen Chow as Pu-Sing Cho "Saint of Gamblers"
- Ng Man-tat as Uncle Tat/Chow Tai Fook
- Gong Li as Miss Yu-San/Yu-Mong (Yu-San means "fairy-like" while Yu-Mong means "dream-like")
- Sandra Ng as Spring
- Ray Lui as Ding Lik
- Chan Lung as Tiger Lui
- Cheung Man as Yee Mong
- John Ching as Tai-Kun, Devil of Gamblers
Parodies and references
The movie makes use of its cast to make references to other well known Hong Kong media. Barry Wong plays a supporting role as a Police Chief in 1991 Hong Kong, a role he also played in the Chow Yun Fat film The Killer. Ray Lui plays Ding Lik, a role he also played in the Hong Kong dramatic TV series The Bund.Lung Fong has a supporting role as a Chinese backer of the Japanese in 1937 Shanghai. His character accidentally kills the main character's love interest by defenestration, an action also performed by his character in the original God of Gamblers, which Stephen Chow's God of Gamblers films were spun off from.
The two titles, Chinese and English, has discrepancies with each other. The English title, however being God of Gamblers III: Back to Shanghai, does not feature the God of Gamblers, played by Chow Yun-fat. The Chinese title is translated to Knight of Gamblers II: Shanghai Beach's Saint of Gamblers, but the Knight, played by Andy Lau, is also entirely absent in this film. To clarify that, Shanghai Beach does not literally refers to the shores of Shanghai. It refers to a TVB drama called "The Bund" in the 1980s, which featured the clash between Shanghainese triads set in the era of the 1930s.
- God of Gamblers (1989)
- All for the Winner (1990)
- God of Gamblers II (1991)
- God of Gamblers Returns (1994)