Days of Being Wild 阿飛正傳
In 1960s Hong Kong, a wily playboy longs to find his birthmother; he travels to meet her in the Philippines, but she rebuffs him. This simple story is made unforgettable under Wong’s subtle direction, and the sensual lens of Christopher Doyle.
Made in Hong Kong 香港製造
When Moon, a triad debt collector in Kowloon, discovers his teenage girlfriend needs an organ transplant he takes on a hit job, but can he follow through? Fruit Chan’s breakout independent feature is part of a trilogy reflecting on the handover period.
This documentary records the 1 July protest of 2003, when roughly half a million people marched to oppose anti-sedition laws—the largest Hong Kong protest since the 1989 marches in sympathy with the Beijing democracy movement.
The Big Parade 大阅兵
Less well known than Yellow Earth 黃土地 (1985) and his multi-award winning Farewell My Concubine 霸王別姬 (1993), Chen’s ambiguous second feature depicts a military unit training for a grand military parade.
In the Heat of the Sun 阳光灿烂的日子
One summer in Beijing, during the Cultural Revolution... Ma Xiaojun roams the city with his friends, looking for adventure, waging street battles and discovering love, in this adaptation of Wang Shuo’s 1991 novel Wild Beasts 动物凶猛.
Wenchuan earthquake anniversary screening: Disturbing the Peace 老妈蹄花
"A visual record of a Sisyphean trip through the justice system." Evan Osnos, The New Yorker
In 1930s Hong Kong, the ill-fated love of Chan, a stylish playboy, and Fleur, a much sort after courtesan, leads them to make a suicide pact. When Fleur reappears fifty years later to find her lost love, she discovers that the city she knew has also left little trace of its past.
A Better Tomorrow 英雄本色
John Woo’s take on the gangster-redemption film also marked Chow Yun-fat’s action debut, becoming a contemporary classic. When triad member Ho tries to go straight, the gang brings his innocent father and policeman brother into the fray. His partner in crime, Mark (Chow), sets out to avenge his friend and regain their honour.
Comrades: Almost a Love Story 甜蜜蜜
Two Mainland Chinese migrants meet and fall in love in Hong Kong, where they have gone to make their fortunes. A love story spanning years and continents, this is also an oblique reflection on shifting identity and aspirations in Hong Kong and China during the 1980s-1990s.
Boat People 投奔怒海
Boat People was a breakthrough drama for the New Wave, reflecting real social issues and politics in a conventional narrative genre. This film is a seminal example of Hui’s ability of conveying universal themes through local, personal experiences; it also foreshadows her interest in border-crossing stories, perhaps a result of her own background—born in Liaoning, northeastern China, to a Japanese mother and Chinese father, in 1947.