Movie Review: From Vegas to Macau

The return of the God of Gamblers in casinos from East to West

We all remember Chow Yun Fat in his iconic role in Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, and his fans from Asia and all over the world are excited with his latest project, From Vegas to Macau. Set to be released during the Chinese New Year in 2014, Chow will again be one of the protagonists in this fourth installment of the God of Gamblers film series. However, the actor denied that this movie is a direct sequel to his previous role as Ko Chun, a skillful player in gaming tables. In an interview with Yahoo Entertainment, he laughingly said that this is actually a cop movie, despite the misleading title which contains two of the most popular gambling destinations in the world. Guess we’d have to wait and see for ourselves.

The movie has a stellar cast of Hong Kong’s finest actors namely Nicholas Tse, Chapman To, Natalie Meng, Jing Tian, Benz Hui, Max Zhang, Philip Ng, and Sammy Sum. Veteran kung fu actor Nicholas Tse’s role is that of a man who wanted the God of Gamblers as a mentor but ended up learning how to be a better person, not just a master player. If he only knew that a few trips to The Venetian in Macau will hone his skills enough to make him shine like [betfair]’s poker ambassador Jonathan Driscoll, he wouldn’t have bothered. Chow Yun Fat, when asked about the role of Nicholas Tse, said that the latter will be responsible for all the action. Chapman To, on the other hand, is in charge of the comedic side of the film. According to the director Wong Jing, this installment will have elements of comedy in large amounts, more than the previous movies under the franchise. Fans should also anticipate a new storyline and new developments in characterization.

The first God of Gamblers movie was released in 1989, and it was about a clever gambler who lost his memory and later befriended by a hustler who came to know about his extraordinary gambling abilities. God of Gamblers 2 (1991) was about a man who was down on his luck, so he sought the aid of the master gambler in order to become his disciple. God of Gamblers III: Back to Shanghai was released in the same year as the second film, and it focused on the ESP powers of the recurring characters in the franchise. There’s a big pressure on the fourth installment to live up to the first three, and fans can hardly wait to watch From Vegas to Macau, especially since it’s bound to be both hilarious and action-packed. It’s expected to do well not just in Hong Kong but all over Asia, and might appeal to Hollywood fans who enjoy casino movies.