My Name Is Nobody (2000) My Name is Nobody

My Name is Nobody Directed by: Aman Chang
Starring: Nick Cheung, Wong Jing, Shu Qi

Tagline - "A gambling story"

Shu Qi does not get nude in this movie.

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 Hong Kong 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 (Shu Qi), 'the only blind model in Hong Kong' and immediately falls in love.

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 Hong Kong.

There's also an in-joke about piracy of movies, 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.

There are some interesting performances in this movie. While the main character and his girlfriend are what you would expect, the main bad guy is very over the top. One example is where he has sex with the hero's girlfriend in front of him while he is watching TV (the hero is blind at this stage.)

I didn't know about the God of Gamblers when I first saw this movie. Now I have seen it you can very easily trace the influence it had on this movie. Most gambling movies are similar in style to triad movies, except instead of having a big fight at the end there is a big poker game. This movie is no different.

I would recommend this movie if you have already seen God of Gamblers and want to see something similar.

Rating: 7/10

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