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.
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