The countries of Asia have created many fun and action-packed gambling movies, from 1989’s God of Gamblers to its most recent sequel From Vegas to Macau II. Here are five movies you should definitely place your bets on, whether you’re a fan of poker night with your friends, online gambling at home or great movies in general.
God of Gamblers (1989)
This Hong Kong action film has just the right amount of comedy and drama to make it an entertaining romp. Starring silver screen bigwig Chow Yun-fat, this film follows the antics of a world-renowned gambler as he travels, bets and ultimately loses his memory. Immensely popular, this movie has spawned a stunning six sequels and nine spin-offs.
Casino Raiders (1989)
The same year as God of Gamblers came out, Casino Raiders also cashed in on the gambling trend in movies. Another Hong Kong action drama, Casino Raiders tells the story of Crab Chan and Sam Law, professional gamblers who are also best friends. This movie is nowhere near as light as God of Gamblers, spinning a darker tale of the dangers of gambling and organized crime.
The Conman (1998)
With the trend of Hong Kong gambling movies still running strong, The Conman premiered in 1998 with a mix of comedy and action that pleased a range of viewers. Boasting a large cast of colorful characters, this film also garnered a Hong Kong Film Award nomination for supporting actor Nick Cheung.
Tazza: The High Rollers (2006)
Nearly a decade after the allure of Asian gambling movies started to wear off, the film Tazza: The High Rollers made a name for itself. A South Korean gambling movie based on the manhwa (comic) “Tajja,” Tazza follows the story of a gambler-in-training seeking revenge for his family, who lost their entire life’s savings to followers of the habit. Fun fact: Tazza is one of South Korea’s highest grossing films to date.
From Vegas to Macau (2014)
The world recently revisited the God of Gamblers series with From Vegas to Macau. This crime-comedy film stars many of the regulars, including Chow Yun-fat, and explores similar themes such as gambling, gangsters and family ties. It was quickly followed by the most recent sequel in the lineup, From Vegas to Macau II (2015).