The New Beverly’s Grindhouse Fest programmer Brian will be celebrating his birthday on May 24th by screening 35mm prints of two of his favorite (but lesser known) Hong Kong gangster films – the great Ti Lung in A KILLER’S BLUES (1989) followed by Lau Ching Wan in Johnny To & Wai Ka-Fai’s stunning TOO MANY WAYS TO BE NUMBER ONE (1997). Do not miss!
A Killer’s Blues is a 1990 gangster film directed by Raymond Lee, starring Mark Cheng, Olivia Cheng and Roy Cheung. To repay Sun’s (Pao Fong) kindness, Wai Yat Ming (Ti Lung) went to the U.S. to help Sun to settle the gang war conflicts of fourteen years ago. Before he went, Wai asked his girlfriend Tse Shu Wai (Olivia Cheng) to adopt a child named Tse Shu Ming (Fennie Yuen) from an orphanage. Ming’s father had been killed by Wai, who had always regretted this rash act. Unfortunately, Wai’s mission failed, and he was sent to prison for fourteen years. After Wai was released, he was determined to get out of the triads and lead a peaceful life with Tse and Ming. But trouble was on the horizon… (7:30PM)
Too Many Ways to Be No. 1 is a 1997 Hong Kong gangster movie directed by Wai Ka-Fai, starring Ching Wan Lau, Francis Ng and Tat-Ming Cheung. 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. (9:05PM)