7 February 2013 | tntokmenko
Builds upon the flaws that plagued the original. Twice as ridiculous, but only half as entertaining.
God of Gamblers Returns is a drunken repeat of first movie, and stumbles down to the ground in comparison. The story is just as simple where Chow needs to take revenge for his loved ones the only way he knows how through shooting, smiling, and gambling. The biggest flaw of the original God of Gamblers was the breakaway subplot of Chow Yun Fat losing his memory and thinking he was toddler for an hour. In this movie, Chow Yun Fat actually has to take care of a toddler, and this time the cheesy subplot lasts much longer than an hour which gets progressively more slapstick oriented. Like in the first movie, the introduction is both fast-paced and interesting then after 15 minutes immediately dives off into the subplot which has no relief until the villain makes a confrontation in the third act. In a similar structure CYF gains a few comic relief oddball-pals, except this round he gains two more which brings the count to four comic relief characters which surround him constantly. Despite the movie trying to present a facade of a fun group, they're plain annoying and obnoxious, overall detracting screen time and charisma away from Chow and the serious characters. The return of the God of Gamblers is disappointing as his return is weakened by flat side characters who treat him as a stooge. Wong Jing didn't learn from his previous mistakes, as still the only truly interesting portions of the sequel are where there's gambling and gunfights. Thus the beginning and end are great but the middle act will frustrate even the most patient HK fans. It has its moments but the stuff in between will wear you down. -5/10