To Be Number One Programme Notes

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.

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