The Top Bet (1991) Chinese Movie Information
Title in Chinese – 赌霸
Title in Pinyin – Du Ba
Genre – Action
Subject/theme – A sister with super powers tries to stop her brother from using his super powers in gambling
Language – Cantonese
Region – Hong Kong, China
Hong Kong – 1991
Movie running time – 111 minutes
Director – Jeffrey Lau
Cast & Role Played
Anita Mui – Mei, Sing’s sister
Ng Man-tat – Blackie Tat, family friend manager
Carol Cheng – Fanny, Queen of Gambling
Stephen Chow – Sing
Lowell Lo – Tai
Wan-yin Angelina Lo – Auntie Luke
Lau Shun – Yim Chun
Mei is a psychic with super natural powers working for the Chinese government who goes to Hong Kong to stop her equally gifted brother from exploiting his powers and gambling. Once in Hong Kong she discovers her brother is on holiday and gradually gets sucked into the world of gambling in his place.
She ends up helping the Queen of Gambling and Blackie Tat to compete against the evil gambling boss Chun and a world class tournament. The situation becomes desperate when Mei is taken by surprise and injured by another psychic.
Editor’s Review of The Top Bet – Score 6/10
The Top Bet was a continuation of Stephen Chow’s hit movie All for the Winner and continues tries to imitate the success of Stephen Chow, Andy Lau and Chow Yun-fats earlier hit gambling movies. Anita Mui, Ng Man-tat and Carol Cheng put on good performances but they lack the on screen charisma of Chow Yun-fat or the charm of Stephen Chow. Even though The Top Bet does not compare to the earlier gambling epics, it is still enjoyable to watch with one very enjoyable fighting scene.