In the Face of Demolition
Dir: Lee Tit
Scrs: Lo Duen, Chan Wan
Prod Co: The Union
Cast: Ng Cho-fan, Cheung Ying, Tsi Lo Lin, Mui Yee, Wong Man-lei, Bruce Lee
1953 / B&W / 35mm / Cantonese / Chi & Eng Subtitles / 129min
Director Lee Tit’s neo-realist drama approaches various social and economic troubles in 1950’s Hong Kong from a humanist perspective. With precise framing, Lee masterfully builds a claustrophobic environment of tight spaces that also enhances both the physical and mental closeness of a tiny community and the camaraderie between the people living in it. In some ways, the tightly packed apartment and its diverse group of residents in In the Face of Demolition is a microcosm of Hong Kong society at the time. Despite their struggle to survive in a competitive society, the residents know when to stand together as one in the face of trouble – natural or otherwise. Amazingly, the film’s “all for one and one for all” message seems to be a message that is still relevant to Hong Kong even six decades later.
||Cinema, Hong Kong Film Archive
Post-screening talk with Eric Tsang
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