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The Odd One Dies (1997)

Liang ge zhi neng huo yi ge (original title)
The secret world of contract killing comes to focus in the dark, comical tale of Hong Kong's triad. A lowlife gangster is offered a huge fee to commit a murder. He accepts, but there's a ... See full summary »

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Tat-Chi Yau (as Patrick Yau)

Writer:

Ka-Fai Wai
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Cast

Credited cast:
Takeshi Kaneshiro ... Mo
Carman Lee ... The Girl
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Woo-min Byeon Woo-min Byeon
Chi-Shing Chiu Chi-Shing Chiu
Fung-wah Choi Fung-wah Choi
Foo-Keung Kong ... (as Fu-Keung Kong)
Suet Lam ... Mah jong heavy
Ching Ting Law Ching Ting Law ... (as Ching Ting Lu)
Do-Yu Lee ... George
Kim-Wing Lee Kim-Wing Lee
Man-zuk Tin Man-zuk Tin
Chun Kang Wang Chun Kang Wang
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The secret world of contract killing comes to focus in the dark, comical tale of Hong Kong's triad. A lowlife gangster is offered a huge fee to commit a murder. He accepts, but there's a catch - he just won a huge fortune and wants to back out of his contract! Written by zanegoldy

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Country:

Hong Kong

Language:

Cantonese

Release Date:

10 May 1997 (Hong Kong) See more »

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Mono

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Color

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1.85 : 1
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Follows Too Many Ways to Be No. 1 (1997) See more »

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Funky & unique little movie
26 August 1999 | by donleavySee all my reviews

Part of the new wave of Hong Kong productions, very modern and unique.

Takeshi Kaneshiro's best movie persona is that of the lovable loser. (e.g., ANNA MAGDALENA, CHUNGKING EXPRESS) He begins the movie as a completely hopeless and messed up loner who's foolish enough to be beaten and thrown out of a bar, and then goes back in for more beating. You just want to give him a hug.

Carman Lee is the same sort, looking bruised and makeup-less throughout most of the movie, but still beautiful. She needs a hug, too. Doesn't take a genius to figure out that these two orphan-like people end up clinging to each other.

The ending is heart-rending - so much is told without words. It had me clutching my chest with both my hands.

Also, the music is great. Xylophones reminiscent of TWIN PEAKS, and a wacky samba beat is played over a tragi-comic scene in which a gang desperately scrambles to find ice to put their boss's severed fingers in. It's just absolutely cool.

Some violent scenes (aforementioned beating, creative finger-slicing) and a lot of character-building with visual elements. Pre-coital grooming rituals include clipping their nails, and the lovers try on each other's clothes and give each other bad haircuts. Yup, it's that sort of a movie.


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