To Be Number One

Directed by Poon Man-kit

Ray Lui’s performance as mobster Ng Shek-ko majestically leads this epic, and highly influential, crime drama that in true crime film style follows the rise and fall of a gangster from humble beginnings. Supposedly based upon a true story, but clearly influenced by a range of Hollywood classics, its success kick-started a cycle of ‘rise of the gangster’ films in Hong Kong. To Be Number One was voted Best Film at the 1992 Hong Kong Film Awards.

136 minutes

Cantonese, English, Hakka, Mandarin and Thai

Chinese and Full English

Country of origin:
Hong Kong

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