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Archive - 12th Five Flavours Film Festival

No.1 Chung Ying Street

Hong Kong 2018, 118’
subtitles: Polish and English
director: Derek Chiu Sung-Kee
screenplay: Derek Chiu Sung-Kee, Tse Ngo Sheung
cinematography: Lai Yat Nam
editing: Angie Lam, Josie Tang
music: The Interzone Collective
sound: Chan Wai Hung, Richard Li Chi Fung
cast: Fish Liew, Yau Hawk Sau, Lo Chun Yip
producer: Derek Chiu Sung-Kee, Raymond Young
production: Boundary Film Production
language: Cantonese
colouration: colour

Awards and festivals

Osaka Asian Film Festival - Grand Prix, Udine Far East FF, Edinburgh IFF, Vancouver IFF

Film description

In the 1960s, Chun Man, a high school student from the Sha Tau Kok district on the border between China and Hong Kong, often engages in protests against colonial British authorities. His teachers support Mao Zedong, hoping the Cultural Revolution will reach Hong Kong, freeing its people from the failing colonial rule. One day, Chun Man meets a young refugee from China whom the Revolution prevented from finding a job and supporting his family. He wants to find work in Hong Kong and send money to his mother. Ideology will always remain in conflict with daily life, and yet history keeps repeating itself.

Derek Chiu reveals a fairly unknown period in the history of his home town, the events he vaguely remembers from his childhood. The riots of 1967 drastically changed the British government's approach to its rule over Hong Kong. In the 1970s the slums were turned into new apartment buildings, the economic miracle in the region created more jobs, and the middle class grew stronger, creating its own image of Hong Kong, now familiar to international audiences. Derek Chiu based his film on parallel, yet temporary distant narrative threads, pondering over the past and the future of the city.

Maja Korbecka

Derek Chiu Sung-kee

Born in Hong Kong in 1961, he studied foreign languages and literature at National Taiwan University. After returning to Hong Kong, he gained experience working in television. In 1992, he directed his first film, "Pink Bomb," then often collaborated with Johnnie To and Wai Ka-Fai shooting three films for their Milkyway Image film company. More recently, he served as a producer on the highly successful "Mad World," directed by Wong Chun. Derek Chiu is currently an associate professor at School of Creative Media at the City University of Hong Kong. 

Selected filmography:

1993 Pink Bomb

1996 The Log

1997 Final Justice

1999 Sealed with a Kiss

2000 Comeuppance

2001 Love au Zen

2007 Brothers

2010 The Road Less Traveled

2011 72 Martyrs

2018 No. 1 Chung Ying Street

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