(Hong Kong News) It has been 34 years since Chow Yun-fat, affectionately known as Fat Gor, portrayed the iconic character Gao Jin in the Hong Kong film “God of Gamblers,” which remains one of his most memorable roles. Now, Chow Yun-fat is back on the silver screen with a new movie titled “Don’t Call Me ‘God of Gamblers’.” In this film, he intends to shatter the myth surrounding his previous gambling image and portray the realities of life.
“Don’t Call Me ‘God of Gamblers'” features Chow Yun-fat and Anita Yuen in leading roles. When discussing his character, Chow Yun-fat stated, “I play a gambler in the film. In reality, I understand that many people enjoy gambling, but ultimately, it is meaningless.” Despite having portrayed the “God of Gamblers” in the past, he hopes that through his new work, he can convey to a wider audience that there are more important aspects of life than gambling.
The title, “Don’t Call Me ‘God of Gamblers’,” holds significant meaning. Screenwriter Zhuang Wenqiang explained that the character Wu Guanghui, portrayed by Chow Yun-fat, was tailor-made for him. While audiences may see glimpses of Gao Jin from “God of Gamblers,” they will also notice shades of A Lang from “A Lang’s Story” and Xiao Ma from “The True Colors of a Hero.” Zhuang Wenqiang further revealed that Wu Guanghui is a brand new character, evolving from a skilled gambler who aspired to be the god of gamblers to someone who decides to change himself for the sake of his son.
“Don’t Call Me ‘God of Gamblers'” tells the story of Chu Shuihui (played by Chow Yun-fat), a sleazy and lazy individual who frequents casinos, often losing all his money at the gambling tables. One day, his former lover, Li Xi (played by Anita Yuen), reappears and asks him to take care of their son, Li Yang (played by Ke Weilin), for a month. She offers him a deposit of HKD 50,000 (approximately S$8,600) and an additional HKD 5 million. Reluctantly, Chu Shuihui accepts the job of being a nanny, only to discover that his son is autistic.
“Don’t Call Me ‘God of Gamblers'” is set to be released on July 6th, allowing audiences to witness Chow Yun-fat’s transformation and the poignant story that unfolds on the screen.