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Zombi 57: The Zombie that couldn't stop being no. 1 (1997)

Jat go zi tau di daan sang (original title)
When Ah-Gou, a smalltime Hong Kong street rascal, visits a fortune teller and hears that soon he will face a life-changing choice, he surely can't imagine that his life reached a middle ... See full summary »

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Ka-Fai Wai

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Ka-Fai Wai (script writer) (as Ka Fai Wai), Kam-Yuen Szeto (script writer) (as Kam Yuen Szeto) | 1 more credit »
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Credited cast:
Ching Wan Lau ... Kau
Carman Lee ... Prostitute
Francis Ng ... Matt
Ruby Wong
Tat-Ming Cheung ... Bo (as Tat Ming Cheung)
Elvis Tsui ... (as Jin Jiang Xu)
Joe Cheng
Matt Chow ... (as Matthew)
Pounh Chong Soong Pounh Chong Soong
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Yan-Tak Chiu Yan-Tak Chiu
Ha Ha Ha Ha
Morris Hsiang Jung
Tien-Fa Kao Tien-Fa Kao
Turbo Kong ... Spa Customer
Yuen Man Leung
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When Ah-Gou, a smalltime Hong Kong street rascal, visits a fortune teller and hears that soon he will face a life-changing choice, he surely can't imagine that his life reached a middle point without return. Will he go to Mainland China with his fellow gangsters to close a deal on a couple of stolen cars? Or will he instead chose to accompany his friend on a trip to kill a mafioso in Taiwan? We are presented with the outcomes of both choices, but is any of the choices really a good one won't be easy to tell... This underground action comedy not only draws inspirations from Krzysztof Kieslowski, Guy Ritchie and Quentin Tarantino, but can also be seen as a highly evaluated political commentary on Hongkong's transition to the People's Republic of China in 1997. Avant-garde cinematography, trippy electronic music and a variety of characteristic figures makes it a fun and memorable experience. Written by obczajajdlo

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Country:

Hong Kong

Language:

Cantonese

Release Date:

14 March 1997 (Hong Kong) See more »

Also Known As:

Zombi 57: The Zombie that couldn't stop being no. 1 See more »

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Mono

Color:

Color

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1.85 : 1
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Goofs

During the van robbery shootout, at least one shot is reversed. The "Accord" in "Honda Accord" is shown backwards. See more »

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Followed by The Odd One Dies (1997) See more »

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Great New Hong Kong Action
20 December 2000 | by fuldamobilSee all my reviews

One of the best films to come out of Hong Kong in many years. The cinematography is an outstanding play on Chris Doyle's Wong Kar Wai films. This is the story of an inept group of gangsters and Kau, the poor sap, played by the great Lau Ching Wan, who gets mixed up with them. The story is told twice a la Sliding Doors. Kau makes two different choices and we see the outcomes. The film is hilarious and sometimes a little sad. The star is the stunningly acrobatic camerawork. Two scenes are shot upside down, a shootout is filmed entirely in the dark, wide angle lenses abound. The film never stops moving and never stops surprising. A 10 out of 10. Some have said it is an allegory for the Handover, and I can see it. Kau's choices are Hong Kong's, and that makes this a very subversive film. Either way, it's an amazingly entertaining experience.


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