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To Be Number One (1991)

Bo Hao (original title)
The story of Ho, a chinese peasant/slave worker who escapes to Hong Kong and becomes one of the most feared crime bosses in Hong Kong.

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Cecilia Yip ...
Tse (as Cecilia Ip)
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Waise Lee ...
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Lawrence Ng ...
Kwong Leung Wong ...
Dickens Chan
Frankie Chi-Leung Chan ...
Little Hak (as Chi-leung Chan)
Lieh Lo ...
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Man-Tat Ng ...
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Lai-Chu Ng
Elvina Kong ...
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The story of Ho, a chinese peasant/slave worker who escapes to Hong Kong and becomes one of the most feared crime bosses in Hong Kong.

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Ho: You are just interested in her tits, right? Well, I can get you a girl with tits bigger than your head!
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Solid HK fare
30 July 2007 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

A gritty view of the Hong Kong Triad, it graphically illustrates the meaning of "Face" and the consequences of this moral ethic. Whether or not the gangs abide by the rules presented here, or if the gang structures exist as presented, or the cops behave with such unrestrained arrogance is not the issue. It just feels so real. It's the HK equivalent of Goodfellas.

Contributing to produce this realism is the general interaction of the characters to each other and the world about them. Nice touches are the moments of filial respect with no words spoken and subtle gestures which speak volumes. If you can set aside the clownish fight scenes, this is a good way of seeing into the Chinese psyche.


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