Play A Dangerous — And Confusing — Game of Rock-Paper-Scissors In ‘Animal World’

Michael Douglas plays a villain.


Animal World (PG13)

Starring Li Yifeng, Zhou Dongyu, Michael Douglas

Directed by Han Yu

Listless lad Zheng (Li Yifeng) is forced to pay off a mountain of debt in a casino cruise ship run by Michael Douglas’ smarmy mastermind (picture Gordon Gekko as a Bond villain).

There, Zheng and fellow debtors partake in a bizarre Rock-Paper-Scissors-themed card game (what the what?!), while rich people bet on the winner.

The China-made thriller — based on Japanese manga Gambling Apocalypse Kaiji — boasts some exciting anime-inspired fantasy sequences (Zheng has a tendency to daydream), but is bogged down by the convoluted rules and shifting alliances. They’re sooo hard to follow that my head hurts just thinking about it. (**1/2)

Photo: Shaw Organisation

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