From Vegas to Macau ("The Man from Macau", "Doh cheung fung wan")
“A boisterous mix of goofy humor and kinetic action... radiates an infectious sense of fun” - Maggie Lee, VARIEY
“Fast, funny and spilling over with escapist antics in opulent surroundings” – James Marsh, TWITCHFILM
The Man is back! He has the uncanny ability to read cards by touching them face-down, and uses a set of a poker cards as deadly flying darts! Move over, 007! He’s Ken, Magic Hands himself, a legendary gambler who crosses paths with two young hustlers Cool and Karl (Nicholas Tse and Chapman To). The trio team up to take down an international crime syndicate but lack any hard evidence. Cool’s father has been captured and tortured! Cool’s half-brother (Philip Ng, ONCE UPON A TIME IN SHANGHAI) has been working undercover with a camera in his contact lenses and his kung fu chops at the ready, but fails miserably. The clock is ticking. Will Ken topple this house of cards at the gambling table or with his kung fu-style flying cards, or is there another ace in the hole?
Are you ready to go all-in with a royal flush of comical action madness in Wong Jing’s trademark Hong Kong style? The King of Cool, Chow Yun-Fat, is back in a signature role he made famous in the classic GOD OF GAMBLERS (Fantasia Year One!). Though the characters are all new, the spirit of the original is intact. Audiences only familiar with his serious action films, THE KILLER and CROUCHING TIGER, HIDDEN DRAGON, are in for a real feast as he displays his comical, musical and action talents with equal zest, while retaining his high-calibre coolness and charm. He reunites with the original writer/director, the ever so prolific Wong Jing (too many to film count, including this year’s ONCE UPON A TIME IN SHANGHAI). Wong shook up the gambling movie in the ’80s and ’90s by seamlessly mixing multiple genres and injecting a lethal dose of high-style imagination, ridiculousness, and excitement that became indigenous to Hong Kong cinema. Released during the Chinese New Year, this wild card was greeted with potent box office results, even outgrossing Disney’s FROZEN in Mainland China! You’ll laugh equally when a truth serum is unleashed with hilarious results, or the two gamblers outwit each other with flashing flying cards, as you witness with excitement the spectacular action directed by Jackie Chan regular Nicky Li (also action choreographer on this year’s WHITE STORM).
— King-Wei Chu