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The Odd One Dies (1997)

89 min - Drama, Action, Comedy, Crime, Foreign - 5 October 1997
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A failure of a Triad who is desperate for money decides to accept an assassination mission. With his advance in money he decides to risk it in gambling, he becomes lucky and wins a fortune. With all this money he is not so sure that he wishes to do the murder anymore, he looks for a hitman to take his place. He finds a women willing to take the job but she ends up more trouble than he expected. He ends up falling in love with her and he is not sure about sending her to kill or to do the job himself and take the risk. During the next few days they will prepare to make the hit.

Director:  Patrick Yau
Writers:  Wai Ka-Fai

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A failure of a Triad who is desperate for money decides to accept an assassination mission. With his advance in money he decides to risk it in gambling, he becomes lucky and wins a fortune. With all this money he is not so sure that he wishes to do the murder anymore, he looks for a hitman to take his place. He finds a women willing to take the job but she ends up more trouble than he expected. He ends up falling in love with her and he is not sure about sending her to kill or to do the job himself and take the risk. During the next few days they will prepare to make the hit.


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Country:   Hong Kong
Language:  Cantonese
Release Date:  5 October 1997

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Runtime:  1 h 29 min

Patrick Yau’s first movie was described by some Hong Kong critics at the time as carbon-copy Wong Kar- wai (presumably in reference to the off-centre camerawork); but in retrospect it has much of the same romantic fatalism, black humour and quirky, unexpected touches as his subsequent The Longest Nitea nd latest Expect the Unexpected.

It’s also very much a Milkyway Image production, with the fingerprints of scriptwriter Wai Ka-fai (whose directorial debut, Too Many Ways To Be No. 1, is also in this year’s festival) and executive producer Johnnie To all over it – from the oblique narrative (which makes the audience work as hard as the characters), strikingly offbeat use of music, and view of life as a shifting kaleidoscope in which people’s fortunes can change dramatically from one moment to the next. Japanese-Chinese actor Takeshi Kaneshiro plays a young mobster who is seriously wounded in a fight and loses the will to live. However, after accepting a HK$88,000 contract to kill a Thai gangster, he unexpectedly wins HK$200,000 when gambling, and decides to retire. He subcontracts the hit to another killer, who turns out to be a young woman (Carman Lee) who’s half-crazed and at the end of her rope. After a wild “courtship,” the two fall in love – but one of them still has to carry out the hit, and maybe die doing it.

Derek Elley

Thanks to Far East Film Festival

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