Asia and the Pacific Screens
Made in Hong Kong 香港製造
5:15pm - 7:15pm
13 Jul 2016
The Auditorium, China in the World Building (188), Fellows Lane, ANU
1997, 108min, Hong Kong
Directed by Fruit Chan 陳果
Cantonese with English subtitles
Moon is a high school dropout working as a debt collector for the local triads, but is proud of his independent spirit. His father has left the family for his Mainland mistress and their baby. On Moon’s rounds with Sylvester, his mentally handicapped sidekick, he meets and falls for Ping, the teenage daughter of a triad debtor. When Moon discovers Ping has a terminal kidney disease, he agrees to a hit job for quick cash that might fix everything. But although he beats people up for a living, the local high school children seem capable of more wanton violence—can he follow through?
Hailed as the leading independent director since the 1990s, Chan studied and worked with many of the key New Wave directors of the 1980s. As with all of Chan’s films, Made in Hong Kong deals with marginal lives that populate another Hong Kong, of nondescript apartments and dank Kowloon back alleys. That it was made at all is a testimony to Chan’s creative independence: reportedly costing less than $100,000, it featured non-professional actors and was shot on left over film Chan had collected during commercial projects he had been working on for years prior. Part of a trilogy obliquely reflecting on the handover period, it garnered Best Film at the 1998 Hong Kong Film Awards.
This film is part of Asia and the Pacific Screens Season Five: Made in Hong Kong, presented by the Australian Centre on China in the World.