This screening will be introduced by Tamara Courage, University of Reading.
Released on the eve of Hong Kong’s handover to the PRC in 1997, this darkest of dark comedy centres around a seemingly minor decision which brings about two very different fates for an unlucky small-time gangster played by Lau Ching-wan. A long-time collaborator of Johnnie To, who works here as producer, the delirious, excessive and endlessly inventive Too Many Ways to Be No. 1 is typical of writer-director Wai Ka-fai’s, exploration of fate.
Please note this is an original 35mm print.