To Be Number One (film)

Not to be confused with To Be No. 1, a 1996 Hong Kong film directed by Raymond Lee.
To Be Number One

Film poster
Traditional 跛豪
Simplified 跛豪
Mandarin Bǒ háo
Cantonese Bai1 Hou4
Directed by Poon Man-kit
Produced by Stephen Shiu
Screenplay by Stephen Shiu
Johnny Mak
Story by Chan Wa
Lee Ying-kit
Starring Ray Lui
Kent Cheng
Cecilia Yip
Amy Yip
Waise Lee
Kenneth Tsang
Lawrence Ng
Elvis Tsui
Music by Joseph Chan
Cinematography Peter Pau (H.K.S.C)
Edited by Poon Hung
Golden Harvest
Johnny Mak Production Co. Ltd
Distributed by Golden Harvest
Release dates
5 April 1991 (1991-04-05)
Running time
143 minutes
Country Hong Kong
Language Cantonese
Box office HK$38,703,363

To Be Number One (Chinese: 跛豪) is a 1991 Hong Kong crime film directed by Poon Man-kit, and produced by Stephen Shiu. The film is based on the rise and fall of a real life gangster Ng Sek-ho (吳錫豪), who is portrayed in the film by Ray Lui. To Be Number One was a critical and box office success, grossing HK$38,703,363 at the Hong Kong box office and winning the Hong Kong Film Award for Best Film at the 11th Hong Kong Film Awards.


The protagonist Ho begins the story as a poor Teochew refugee from Communist China, and leads his men to become paws of corrupted police Fat Kwan to control the drug trade. After Ho establishes himself, Fat Kwan turns against him, cripples him and kills many of his men, but Ho keeps rising and eliminates all his enemies. However Ho is blinded by his growing power, and his empire ends with the establishment of ICAC.

Cast and roles

Awards and nominations

Awards and nominations
Ceremony Category Recipient Outcome
11th Hong Kong Film Awards Best Film To Be Number One Won
Best Director Poon Man-kit Nominated
Best Screenplay Johnny Mak, Stephen Shiu Won
Best Actor Ray Lui Nominated
Best Supporting Actor Kent Cheng Nominated
Best Supporting Actress Cecilia Yip Nominated
Best Film Editing Poon Hung Nominated
Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Days of Being Wild
Hong Kong Film Award for Best Film
Succeeded by

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