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Little Cheung

Xilu xiang
dir. Fruit Chan
Hong Kong 1999, 118’
35mm print screening
Awards and festivals
Locarno IFF 2000 - Silver Leopard, Golden Leopard (nomination) Hong Kong Film Awards 2000 - Best Picture (nomination), Best Screenplay (nomination)
Hong Kong 1999
Duration: 118’
director: Fruit Chan
screenplay: Fruit Chan
cinematography: Wah-Chuen Lam
editing: Fruit Chan
music: Hing-Cheung Chu, Wah-Chuen Lam
cast: Yiu Yuet Ming, Mak Wai Fan
producer: Keiko Ino
executive producer: Doris Yang, Makoto Ueda
production: Golden Network Asia
language: Cantonese
colouration: colour

Film description

Every day 9-year-old Cheung cruises the crowded streets of Mongkoku delivering orders from his parents’ restaurant. The boy is both the protagonist and the narrator of the film – thanks to him we can discover and begin to understand the logic of this noisy place governed by its own rules. Cheung is known by lots of people – the local community full of immigrants sticks together. One day the boy meets Fan, a Chinese illegally staying in Hong Kong, and takes her under his wing. Since then they roam together around the city vibrating with its chaotic pulse – they work, play tricks on disliked clients but also try to find Cheung’s older brother, now a gangster. He was cast out by his father when he went astray.

Taking into account the pessimism of Fruit Chan’s previous films, "Little Cheung" is a surprising closure to the ‘handover trilogy’. Nostalgia and light humour prevailing in the film make it a warm story about growing up in the multicultural Hong Kong, where the tradition still holds on tight against the gusts of the wind of change.

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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