Made in Hong Kong
Dir/ Scr: Fruit Chan
Cast: Sam Lee, Neiky Yim, Wenders Li, Amy Tam
1996 / Colour / D Beta / Cantonese / Chi & Eng Subtitles / 108min
Fruit Chan’s powerful response to the 1997 handover sentiment of Hong Kong, made with a scarce budget, a five-men crew, a non-professional cast plus film negatives left over from various film companies. Despite all these seemingly inferior conditions, the film was very well received winning both Best Director and Best Film in the Hong Kong Film Awards. The story centres around four teenagers who face their life’s destiny with different attitudes – one choose to commit suicide, one choose to summit to life’s rough offers, one choose to take some risks. The key role Chungchau (Sam Lee) is a typical “youth made in Hong Kong” who sees no future in his life and tries his luck by following a “gangster brother”, ending up being abandoned by his mother. His girl-friend Ah-ping, who is ill-fated with kidney failure, does not lose hope for love and freedom. The film has a few unforgettable cemetery scenes that serve as an emotional outlet for the youth-mates.
||Cinema, Hong Kong Film Archive
Post-screening talk with Fruit Chan and Sean Yim
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