Today: February 29, 2024

Casino Raiders

If you’re a fan of Hong Kong movies, then this month, you’re in luck, because Eureka will be adding another absolute classic to their ever growing list of Golden Age thrillers.

Casino Raiders is a tale of blood, brotherhood, and sacrifice that keeps the thrills and shocks coming right up until the final reel. And, even with a run time of 125 minutes, there’s barely a second’s pause in the action.

With an unashamedly violent and morally ambiguous plot line, Casino Raiders was an early entry in the Hong Kong gambling film cycle of the ’80s and ’90s. Here, however, the usual crime caper blueprint is given  a healthy dose of  blood, guts, and mayhem courtesy of directors Jimmy Heung and Wong Jing.

Con-artist and gambler Crab (Andy Lau) gets out of prison and joins his childhood friend and partner Sam (Alan Tam) to work for a casino magnate. Their job is to expose a group of Japanese card-players who have cheated their way to a fortune. The pair find themselves in the cross-hairs of the Yakuza, leading to a series of escalating acts of violence that test the bonds of loyalty to their limit. When their luck runs out, they make one final gamble: a game of poker with the highest of stakes.

Casino Raider is out now on Blu-ray for the first time, as part of Eureka Classics range. 

Extras include:

  • Limited edition O-Card slipcase featuring artwork by Grégory Sacré (Gokaiju). 
  • 1080p presentation on Blu-ray from a restoration of the original film elements. 
  • Original Cantonese audio track.
  • Optional English subtitles. 
  • Brand new feature length audio commentary by Asian film expert Frank Djeng (NY Asian Film Festival).
  • Brand new feature length audio commentary by action cinema experts Mike Leeder & Arne Venema.
  • Brand new featurette by CFK (Crazy From Kong) looking at the “gambling film” craze that hit Hong Kong cinema in the late 1980s and early 1990s.
  • Brand new interview with Billy Chan.
  • Original theatrical trailer.
  • PLUS: A Limited edition collector’s booklet featuring new writing by David West.

Paula Hammond - Features Editor

Paula Hammond is a full-time, freelance journalist. She regularly writes for more magazines than is healthy and has over 25 books to her credit. When not frantically scribbling, she can be found indulging her passions for film, theatre, cult TV, sci-fi and real ale. If you should spot her in the pub, after five rounds rapid, she’ll be the one in the corner mumbling Ghostbusters quotes and waiting for the transporter to lock on to her signal… Email: writerpaula@icloud.com

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