God of Gamblers 3: The Early Stage
God of Gamblers 3: The Early Stage is a Hong Kong film that is based on an orphan who is introduced to the exciting, but treacherous world of gambling.
This action comedy film was released in the year 1997 as a prequel to the original God of Gamblers film, and was one that was well-received by God of Gamblers fans.
Featuring 110 minutes of action, comedy and an underlying message that warns of the risks when anyone gets involved in the world of gambling.
Cast and Film Crew
God of Gamblers 3: The Early Stage was directed by Wong Jing, a director, screenwriter, producer, actor and presenter who has formed a large part of the Hong Kong cinema over the last few decades. Wong Jing is known for his success with films that follow a gambling theme, such as the original God of Gamblers, which broke Hong Kong’s all-time box office record when it was released in 1989. The film was not only directed by Wong Jing, but he is also credited as the producer, as well as the writer.
With this prequel sporting a recast of the first God of Gamblers, God of Gamblers 3: The Early Stage features an interesting cast made up of popular Hong Kong actors. Leon Lai plays the lead role of Ko Chun, with Chung King-fai as his godfather Kent, Gigi Leung as Kent Hing and Francis Ng as Ko Ngo, his gambling partners. Other roles include Anita Yuen as Seven, Jordan Chan as Lung Wu, Cheung Tat-ming as So and Elvis Tsui as Tai-Chin.
In the early stages of God of Gamblers 3: The Early Stage, the film goes back in time where Ko Chun is introduced as a young orphan, who has been taken under the wing of his veteran-gambling godfather, Kent. Kent is training Ko to become one of Hong Kong’s finest gamblers and earn the title of God of Gamblers.
With both his godfather and his mentoring behind him, Ko prepares to hit the gambling circuit with Kent and his gambling partners, Kent Hing and Ko Ngo. However, in a climatic twist of events, Ko is betrayed by the ones he trusted most, while staring danger in the face at the very same time.
Taken in by his childhood friend, Seven, Ko escapes endangerment and begins to map out his revenge and retaliation to what his so-called loved ones had done to him. With the help of Seven, who’s been an admirer of Ko Chun for a very long time, as well as Lung Wu and So, he prepares to get back all that he lost – a theme that appears consistent in the God of Gamblers films.
Release and Reception of Film
Released in 1997, God of Gamblers 3: The Early Stage was considered to be a success in Box Office and was well-received by many. The film was rated 6,3 out of 10 on the Internet Movie Database (IMDb) and is said to be an unbeatable film in terms of the action-comedy and overdone romanticism prevalent in commercial Hong Kong pop cinema.