To Live and Die in Mongkok

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To Live and Die in Mongkok
To Live and Die in Mongkok poster.jpg
Directed by Wong Jing
Billy Chung
Starring Nick Cheung
Mega-Vision Pictures (MVP)
Distributed byMega-Vision Pictures (MVP)
Release date
  • 19 November 2009 (2009-11-19)
Running time
95 minutes
CountryHong Kong

To Live and Die in Mongkok (traditional Chinese :旺角監獄; simplified Chinese :旺角监狱) is a 2009 Hong Kong drama thriller film directed by Wong Jing and Billy Chung.



Fai (Nick Cheung), a legendary triad figure, was convicted and sent to prison for life, for slaughtering rival gangsters in a gang fight. A local council member assisted him with paroling, leading to his subsequent early release from prison 30 years later. However, Mongkok has completely changed and he has almost forgotten his way back home.

Fai's fellow gangster Porky (Willie Wai) is due to take over as head of their triad gang after years of service, but his personality is deemed unsuitable as a leader. Another member in the gang, Peter, also has interests set in becoming the leader. It becomes apparent that both Porky and Peter may be using Fai as a pawn in their game towards winning the grand prize.

It emerged that on that fateful night 30 years ago, Fai was shot by a policeman, Yue, who is now a major figure within the police force because he had managed to shoot Fai and therefore ensuring his arrest. Yue turns out to be someone with his own agenda as well, but things are not always as they seem and there is a different story to be told.

Meanwhile, Porky has unseemly interests in Pamela (Monica Mok), a prostitute who became a love interest of Fai, as well as her younger sister, who is mentally disabled. Porky constantly makes crude sexual advances towards the sisters, only to have Fai rescue them on numerous occasions, which causes further friction between them.


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