Saturday, 19 July 2014

FROM VEGAS TO MACAU aka "Ao Men feng yun"/"The Man From Macau" - Review By Greg Klymkiw - He's bigger than Jesus, Cooler than Elvis: CHOW YUN FAT rocks 2014 FantAsia International Film Festival - JE ME SOUVIENS!


GOD is in the house!
Dir. Wong Jing
Starring: Chow Yun-Fat, Nicholas Tse, Chapman To, Philip Ng, Gao Hu

Review By Greg Klymkiw

Is there anyone alive cooler than Chow Yun-Fat? Uh, no. Bar none, the man rocks and he's back in the role that made him famous - Ken, the God of Gamblers. And what a God he proves to be! Jesus, Allah, Buddha: Move the fuck over, Ken is Lord and Master.

In From Vegas to Macau (aka Ao Men fang yun and The Man From Macau), this man among men, this God amongst Gods, can read cards like no other. He's sly as a fox, sexier than the devil himself and cooler than Elvis!

Ken teams up with a tripartite army of law enforcement officials and the burgeoning master hustler Cool (Nicholas Tse, no slouch in the "cool" department). His Robin Hood-like team of daring young men rob from the syndicate to give to the poor.

When Cool's Dad is kidnapped by the organized crime scumbags, our heroes must do battle with the revoltingly nasty Mr. Ko (Gao Hu). In addition to Ken's kung-fu-like prowess at flinging poker cards like deadly blades, he's got more than a few tricks up his sleeve.

Luckily for us (and our young hero), Ken also has a babe-o-licious daughter Rainbow (Kimmy Tong). What's a great HK action comedy without a babe? (There's more than a few wandering about here.)

Directed by the legendary Wong Jing (so prolific, he's directed enough films to rival the population of Hong Kong) and with superb fight choreography by Nicky Li, this is a frothy delight that happily brings us back to the pre-1997 glory days of HK cinema.

So ante up, varmint.

God awaits!