Dir/Scr: Fruit Chan
Cast: Yiu Yuet-ming, Mak Wai-fan, Mak Suet-man, Robby Cheung
1999 / Colour / 35mm / Cantonese /
Chi & Eng subtitles / 100min
In the final installment of his “Handover Trilogy,” Fruit Chan explores a pivotal year in Hong Kong’s contemporary history through the eyes of a local boy Little Cheung and a young illegal immigrant named Fan. Chan transforms the dirty alleyways of Mongkok into an urban wonderland for the kids. Adults may have seen the city as a place of uncertainty, family feuds and civil unrest, but the kids found simply joy in a bike ride through the city, as well as sadness in the death of Cheung’s grandmother and Fan’s ultimate fate. Chan’s follow-up Durian Durian – a spin-off of Little Cheung – may have earned the filmmaker more critical acclaim, but Chan admits that he favors this enchanting urban fairy tale over his neorealist masterpiece.
||Cinema, Hong Kong Film Archive
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