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Release Date:
20 October 2005 (Hong Kong) See more »
Rival gang leaders are locked in a struggle to become the new chairman of Hong Kong's Triad society. | Add synopsis »
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12 wins & 17 nominations See more »
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Above average gangster film See more (28 total) »


  (in credits order)

Simon Yam ... Lam Lok

Tony Ka Fai Leung ... Big D (as Tony Leung Ka Fai)

Louis Koo ... Jimmy Lee

Nick Cheung ... Jet
Ka Tung Lam ... Kun (as Lam Ka Tung)

Siu-Fai Cheung ... Mr. So (as Cheung Siu Fai)
Suet Lam ... Big Head (as Lam Suet)
Tian-Lin Wang ... Uncle Teng Wai (as Wong Tin Lam)
Bing-Man Tam ... Uncle Cocky (as Tam Ping Man)
Maggie Siu ... Mrs. Big D (as Maggie Shiu)
David Chiang ... Chief Superintendent Hui
Yong You ... China Police Captain (as Yao Yung)
Chung Wang ... Whistle (as Wong Chung)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Biu Law Che ... Tally (as Paul Ng)
Shao-Peng Chen ... Uncle Monk (as Chan Siu Pang)
Chi-Shing Chiu ... Long Hair (as Chiu Chi Shing)
Hoi Chau Ho ... Uncle Double East (as Ho Hoi Chau)
Robert Hung ... Sonny
Fung Kwok ... Fish Ball (as Kwok Fung)
Jonathan Yat-Sing Lee ... Denny Lam (as Jonathan Lee)
Wen-Wei Lin ... Sparky (as Lam Man Wai)
Ting Yip Ng ... Senior Inspector Tod (as Ng Yuk Sau)
Hsin Shen ... Uncle Long Gun (as Yu Yuen Yin)
Pui Chung Tong ... Uncle Chiu Chow (as Tong Pui Chung)
Chi Wai Wong ... Blackie (as Wong Chi Wai)
Ho-Yin Wong ... Detective Wong (as Raymond Wong)
Sze Yan Wong ... Chak (as Wong Sze Yan)
Ronald Yan ... Senior Inspector Yu
Bo Yuen ... Dinosaur (as Yuen Bo)
Bun Yuen ... Incense Master (as Yuen Bun)
Chi Ping Cheung ... Uncle Dead Dog (uncredited)
Jackson Ha ... Policeman (uncredited)
Wing-cheong Law ... Four Eye (uncredited)
Kin-Yung Tsang ... Police officer at detention centre (uncredited)
Wah Wo Wong ... Triad Leader (uncredited)
Sai Tang Yu ... Big D's Lawyer (uncredited)

Directed by
Johnnie To 
Writing credits
Nai-Hoi Yau (written by) (as Yau Nai Hoi) &
Tin-Shing Yip (written by) (as Yip Tin Shing)

Produced by
Catherine Chan .... production executive
Tiffany Chen .... administrative producer
Elos Gallo .... consulting producer
Maylie Ho .... administrative producer
Kok Leung Kuk .... line producer (as Kuk Kok Leung)
Dennis Law .... producer
Johnnie To .... producer
Original Music by
Ta-Yu Lo  (as Lo Tayu)
Cinematography by
Siu-Keung Cheng (director of photography) (as Cheng Siu Keung)
Film Editing by
Patrick Tam 
Art Direction by
Tony Yu 
Costume Design by
Stanley Cheung 
Makeup Department
Kit Ling Chan .... on-set dresser (as Chan Kit Ling)
Miko Chu .... makeup artist (as Mico Chu)
Rachel Kong .... hair stylist (as Rachel Kwong)
Production Management
Chi-Shing Chiu .... unit manager (as Chiu Chi Shing)
Elaine Chu .... project manager
Wan-San Ding .... production supervisor (as Ding Yuin Shan)
Jackson Ha .... production manager
Eric Huen .... assistant production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Wai Hung Chan .... assistant director (as Chan Wai Hung)
Wing-cheong Law .... associate director (as Law Wing Cheong)
Wing-cheong Law .... associate director (as Wing Cheong Law)
Art Department
Wing Kei Au .... property master (as Au Wing Kei)
Brian Lau .... assistant art director
Sound Department
Chun Wang Au .... foley artist (as Au Chun Wang)
King Fai Choy .... foley artist (as Choy King Fai)
Wing Hong Fung .... foley artist (as Fung Wing Hong)
Shek Key Kwong .... foley artist (as Kwong Shek Key)
Hon Chiu Lam .... foley artist (as Lam Hon Chiu)
Wai Shung Lam .... foley artist (as Lam Wai Shung)
Sin-kwok Lee .... location sound (as Lee Sin Kwok)
Charlie Lo .... sound designer
Charlie Lo .... sound editor
May Mok .... sound designer
May Mok .... sound mixer
Man Keung Ngai .... boom operator (as Ngai Man Keung)
Kwong Heung Yam .... foley artist (as Yam Kwong Heung)
Chi Man Yu .... foley artist (as Yu Chi Man)
Tomy Yu .... foley artist
Special Effects by
Peony Lam .... special effects coordinator
Visual Effects by
Pak Chung Kwan .... CGI animator (as Kwan Pak Chung)
Siu Lun Leung .... CGI animator (as Leung Siu Lun)
Stephen Ma .... visual effects supervisor
Lai Kuen Wong .... optical effects coordinator (as Wong Lai Kuen)
Camera and Electrical Department
Ting Fung Kwong .... best boy (as Kwong Ting Fong)
Hirotake Okazaki .... still photographer
Molly Siu .... making-of camera
Hung Mo To .... cinematographer: second unit (as To Hung Mo)
Leo Tsang .... making-of camera
Kwok Chiu Wu .... gaffer (as Wu Kwok Chiu)
Editorial Department
Simon Fung .... assistant editor
Cathy Lau .... post-production assistant
Calmen Lui .... post-production executive
Music Department
Andrew Chu .... music cabinet: Tang Lou
Barry Chung .... music cabinet: Tang Lou
K.Y. Yuen .... music cabinet: Tang Lou
Other crew
Charles Heung .... presenter
Ching Ting Law .... set runner (as Lu Ching Ting)
Dennis Law .... presenter
Andy Ma .... continuity
Po Sang Sie .... story consultant (as Sie Po Sang)

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Hak se wui" - Hong Kong (original title)
"Black Society" - Hong Kong (English title) (literal English title)
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France:101 min (Cannes Film Festival) | USA:100 min | China:85 min (cut version) | Argentina:100 min
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1 See more »
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Did You Know?

The porcelain spoon eating scene was based on Suet Lam's real life experience in triads.See more »
Big D:[to Lok] Don't talk to me until you have the baton!See more »
Movie Connections:
Featured in Boundless (2013)See more »


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4 out of 4 people found the following review useful.
Above average gangster film, 4 February 2012
Author: Pihlaja from Helsinki

This film has its upsides. It's shot with style, the characters all feel unique and identifiable, the action scenes are really gruesome, violent and stylistic, the pacing is a bit slow yet it feels just right and in the end the story isn't half bad either. Unfortunately the movie has some flaws as well. The characters feel unique, but there's way too many of them. It took me easily two thirds of the film to just start recognizing different faces from one another and the movie didn't exactly help, as the two main characters were quickly referenced by name, but it wasn't made clear just who they were on the screen. Perhaps I had extra difficulty differentiating Asian faces from one another as a Caucasian, but the problem still remains.

Aside from that there weren't any major problems. The story itself was a bit weird, as there were many scenes where the movie just seemed to end - or at least it felt like it would be a suitable ending - but then the movie just continued. The actual ending was a bit surprising, but not in a bad way, really. Especially when one realized that the movie actually has a sequel.

All in all, it's a good gangster film. The actors are talented, the action works and the story is captivating.

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