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