Archive - 12th Five Flavours Film Festival
Hollywood Hong Kong
After the realistic "Durian Durian," Fruit Chan did not let himself be tagged and came back with a film styled as a fairy-tale for adult audience. Chu, a butcher, and his two sons, Ming and Tiny, have postures of sumo wrestlers. They dwell in a seedy village in the shadow of skyscrapers forming a rich commercial and residential complex Plaza Hollywood. They sell the best pork in the vicinity. It is them who attract the attention of a mysterious, seductive prostitute from China. But what are the intentions of the girl, who constantly changes names, and how will they affect the life of the small community?
Infused with erotic tension and black humour on the verge of macabre, shot in high contrast and strong colours, "Hollywood Hong Kong" is a commentary on the injurious effect which China has exerted on Hong Kong. Fruit Chan shot his film in Tai Hom when the village was being demolished and recorded its last moments. Like "Durian Durian", the film was presented in the competition section of the Venice Film Festival.
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