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Durian Durian

Liu lian piao piao
dir. Fruit Chan
Hong Kong 2000, 116’
Polish premiere
35mm print screening
Awards and festivals
Venice Film Festival 2000 - Golden Lion (nomination) Hong Kong Film Awards 2001 - Best Screenplay, Best New Performer
Hong Kong 2000
Duration: 116’
director: Fruit Chan
screenplay: Fruit Chan, Chan Wai-Keung, Zhi Min Sheng
cinematography: Lam Wah-Chuen
editing: Tin Sam-Fat
music: Chu Hing-Cheung, Lam Wah-Chuen
cast: Mak Wai Fan, Qin Hailu
producer: Carrie Wong
production: Nicetop Independent Ltd.
language: Cantonese
colouration: colour

Film description

Yan has come to Hong Kong from north-east China with a three-month visa to work as a prostitute in a social agency. Her days are a monotonous cycle of waiting for clients and serving them in cramped hotel rooms. One day she meets Fan, who lives here illegally with her whole family and earns a living as a dishwasher on the street. For both of them this unusual friendship becomes a gateway from the tough reality.

When Yan comes back to her home town with the money she earned, the landscape and tone of the film change diametrically. The woman is no longer on the margin. Now she can invest her savings and decide on her life.

"Durian Durian" opens another Fruit Chan’s trilogy, which focuses on prostitutes and brings a reflection on the identity of Hong Kong being already a part of China and functioning in "one country, two systems" reality. When the film was created, Hong Kong newspapers were full of stories about Chinese women appearing on the streets of Fragrant Harbour. Carefully designed plot, deep analysis of an important social issue and the outstanding role of debuting Hailu Qin made this almost documentary-style film the greatest artistic triumph in Fruit Chan’s career and assured him recognition both in Hong Kong and at world film festivals, including Venice, where it was shown in the competition.

Marcin Krasnowolski

Fruit Chan

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.

Selected filmography:

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

Festival guests

Fruit Chan


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