To Be Number One (1991)

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Based on a true story, this Hong Kong crime and action drama follows the rise to power of a mainland gangster who has come to Hong Kong to do business. His ruthless willingness to engage in violence quickly gains him a prominent place in that city's rackets, but he wants to be number one. In a number of very violent battles with gang members of the current number one, he finally attains the goal he seeks, displacing his rival before being condemned to a term in prison. Reviewers found that this action film paints a sufficiently realistic picture of the true crime situation in Hong Kong and is extremely instructive, in sharp contrast with the violent crime fantasies of director John Woo.
Rating:
NR
Genre:
Art House & International , Drama
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Studio:
Johnny Mak Productions

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Back in the end-1980s/early-1990s last century, in the era of pre-1997, everyone in the HK Cinema was scrambling for making biopics. "To Be Number One" was such a hype back then as the pioneer of the genre. The film was in fact so disjointed & broken in narrative between scenes (not recalling if this was because a lot of edition had been done due to the alluding of the characters in real life) which, anyway, was one of the common features of HK Cinema even in its prime time.

WS Wu
WS Wu

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