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.
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