Mixed bag of treats

New movie releases gun for CNY box-office moolah. By Dylan Tan

Published Thu, Jan 30, 2014 · 10:00 PM
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IT'S no secret Chinese films released during the Lunar New Year season are often high on star power but low on everything else. More often that not, these blockbusters tend to be hit-and-miss affairs, though recent ones such as Eric Tsang's I Love Hong Kong franchise boasted better-than-usual plots instead of simply rehashing the same old family reunion theme that Raymond Wong's rebooted All's Well That Ends Well shamelessly did.

Both filmmakers have given their respective series a rest this year and in place are several new ones including King of Hong Kong trash cinema, Wong Jing, rebooting his God of Gamblers franchise from the 1990s. His latest, From Vegas to Macau, stars Chow Yun Fat as Magic Hands Ken, a casino security expert who can tell cards simply by touching them. He's forced to return to gambling when his daughter Rainbow (Kimmy Tong) is captured by Ko (Gao Hui), the cocky head of an underground gambling syndicate who has never …

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