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Archive - 11th Five Flavours Film Festival

Mad World

Yat nim mou ming
Hong Kong 2016, 101’
subtitles: Polish and English
director: Wong Chun
screenplay: Florence Chan
cinematography: Zhang Ying
editing: Wong Chun
music: Yusuke Hatano
cast: Shawn Yue, Eric Tsang, Elaine Jin, Charmaine Fong
producer: Derek Chiu, Heiward Mak
production: Mad World Limited
language: Cantonese
colouration: colour

Awards and festivals

Golden Horse FF 2016 - Best Supporting Actress, Best New Director; Hong Kong Film Awards 2017 - Best Supporting Actor, Best Supporting Actress, Best New Director; Osaka Asian FF 2017 - Grand Prix; Hong Kong Film Directors Guild Awards 2016 - Best New Director; 23rd Hong Kong Film Critics Society Award - Best Director, Best Screenplay, Film of Merit; Toronto IFF 2016

Film description

A young man, Tung, leaves the hospital after a long therapy. His career in finance was put to an abrupt end by an episode of the bipolar disorder. He comes back under the wings of his father – a truck driver, traveling between continental China and Hong Kong. The protagonists face a double challenge – rebuilding the relation between them, and facing the society, which is ruthlessly closing many doors for people with mental disorders.

Wong Chun and his screenwriter, Florence Chan, show the problem of bipolar disorder with tact and precision. Before shooting the film, they've made a detailed research and talked to a number of consultants. But this is not the only topic their film raises. It is also a story of a complicated relationship between an adult son, who needs to redefine his life and find himself a new place in the world, and his aging father, a simple man trying to understand the situation and keep Tung company in his struggle. Sharing the microscopic flat in one of Hong Kong’s apartment buildings, is not an easy task. The world of staircases, storage rooms, cellars, and chance meetings on the roof with neighbors equally roughed up by life, becomes a metaphor of a life in a modern metropolis.

The form of a psychological drama, a genre rarely chosen by the Hong Kong filmmakers, and the polished script, caught the attention of two extraordinary actors – the legendary Eric Tsang (who, so far, has played almost 140 roles), and an ex-model and pop star, Shawn Yue. This independent debut achieved quite a success, receiving a lot of attention from the critics and being praised by the industry, which resulted in eight nominations for Hong Kong Film Awards.

Jagoda Murczyńska

Wong Chun

Born in 1988. His short film "6th March," created with the help of and awarded by the Fresh Wave program, told the story of the 2011 protests in Hong Kong. To create his debut feature, he received a Create Hong Kong scholarship. The film brought him the Best New Director award at Golden Horse FF and at Hong Kong Film Awards.


2011 6th March (kr. m.)

2016 Yat nim mou ming / Mad World 

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