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Chow Yun-Fat is, as always, excellent in this unusual hybrid of gangster action and slapstick comedy. Especially the suave, charismatic gambler with supernatural skills that we get in the beginning of this movie is a joy to behold. The mid-section drags a little which, for me, is mostly due to Andy Lau's annoying character, a scheming low-life with the occasional heart-of-gold moment. Interesting to note that some scenes in the movie are obviously inspired by recent American successes such as The Untouchables (1987) and Rain Man (1988). In the end, there is perhaps too much plot here, and too much silly comedy based on Yun-Fat's child-like behaviour, but the action scenes are amazing, the gambling scenes are shot with style and the ultra-fast pacing, typical of Hong Kong action at the time, all add up to an interesting viewing experience.
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This movie ranks #30 in LoveHKFilm.com's The Best Hong Kong Films Ever
This movie ranks #88 in The Best 100 Chinese Motion Pictures