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My Name Is Nobody (Du sheng wu ming xiao zi) (2000)

  Directed by: Aman Chang
Starring: Nick Cheung, Wong Jing
Links: My Name Is Nobody on the IMDb
Genre: Drama

This movie gets: 7.00 (1 rating) Ranking: not yet ranked (awaiting 2 ratings)

"A gambling story" - a review by timchuma

At first, this looks like a classic gambling tale with all the crooks, fights and card tricks you can ask for, but it does have many surprises in store.

No-Name and Uncle Lo are card playing swindlers who have gone to Shenzun to gamble after the players in HK became 'too hard to fool' as they put it; however Uncle Lo gets too friendly with a local gangster's girlfriend and Mr Tough (the gangster) beats up Uncle Lo.

On his way to invest his winnings from the previous night's gambling, No-Name sees Candy, 'the only blind model in Hong Kong' and immediately falls in love (as well as falling down).

The stakes become higher when No-Name starts trying to woo Candy and Mr Tough wants him to start playing cards for him, but I'll leave you to find out what happens in the rest of the movie.

I really liked this movie. At first, I thought it was going to be a Hong Kong version of Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels (1998), but I was surprised when I found out otherwise. What I also liked was that the fight scenes seemed more realistic than some films I've seen from HK (the hero tries to run away at one point and gets kicked down an escalator).

There's also an in-joke about piracy of movies in HK, which is a very big problem for the film industry to deal with.

Although I didn't recognise any of the actors in this film, I reckon that they all put in good performances and I would probably see another film if I recognised them on the movie poster.

Overall, this is not the usual 'gambling story' but it does have some very good sections and is interesting enough to warrant a look if it comes into your local specialist on HK movies.

timchuma gives this movie 7 out of 10.
Review created on Fri 28 Jan 2005

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