Every day 9-year-old Cheung cruises the crowded streets of Mongkoku delivering orders from his parents’ restaurant. The boy is both the protagonist and the narrator of the film – thanks to him we can discover and begin to understand the logic of this noisy place governed by its own rules. Cheung is known by lots of people – the local community full of immigrants sticks together. One day the boy meets Fan, a Chinese illegally staying in Hong Kong, and takes her under his wing. Since then they roam together around the city vibrating with its chaotic pulse – they work, play tricks on disliked clients but also try to find Cheung’s older brother, now a gangster. He was cast out by his father when he went astray.
Taking into account the pessimism of Fruit Chan’s previous films, "Little Cheung" is a surprising closure to the ‘handover trilogy’. Nostalgia and light humour prevailing in the film make it a warm story about growing up in the multicultural Hong Kong, where the tradition still holds on tight against the gusts of the wind of change.
Born in 1969 in China, from where his family emigrated to Hong Kong. A director, producer, actor and screenwriter, representing what is known as the Second New Wave of independent Hong Kong cinematography. Appreciated for films immersed in urban climate, for which he often engaged non-professional actors to show in a close-up the life of modern metropolis. Interested in social issues and fascinated with the Japanese 1960s avantgarde, for instance the works of Nagisa Oshima.
1991 Wu ge ji mo de xin / Five Lonely Hearts
1997 Made in Hong Kong / Xiang Gang zhi zao
1998 Najdłuższe lato / Hui nin yin fa dak bit doh / The Longest Summer
1999 Mały Cheung / Xilu xiang / Little Cheung
2000 Durian durian / Làuh Lìn Pìu Pìu / Durian Durian
2001 Hollywood Hongkong / Heung Gong you ge He Li Huo / Hollywood Hong Kong
2004 Pierożki / Jiao zi / Dumplings
2009 Chengdu, wo ai ni / Chengdu, I Love You
2015 My City
2016 Mou sha si shui nian hua / Kill Time
2018 Trzej mężowie / Sam fu / Three husbands