Archive - 12th Five Flavours Film Festival
Made in Hong Kong
Rebellious Moon wanders among Hong Kong skyscrapers doing minor jobs for dubious characters from local underworld. His seriously ill girlfriend is waiting for kidney transplant and his friend’s life is not a bed of roses, either.
The trio would greatly fit a wild and romantic storyline, one resembling popular Hong Kong cycle about the Young and Dangerous with its alluring picture of gangster life. Chan, however, deconstructs such conventions and stays closer to dull reality – hardly impressive day-after-day operations of the gangs. The style of his film owes a lot to 1960s Japanese productions about young rebels and not less to Wong Kar-wai’s aesthetics. Powerful frames, dynamic editing and the air of melancholy and desperation turn "Made in Hong Hong" into an expressive urban poem, hypnotic and painfully touching.
The young filmmaker shot his film truly independently, with a kind of DIY method – he used the strips of tape remaining from the films on which he assisted. A crew of five, money borrowed for the equipment and only two months for production were enough to create a movie that soon became a legend: fresh, essential and perfectly reflecting the spirit of the times. Over 20 years after its premiere – and two decades since Hong Kong’s return under Chinese rule – a number of its threads remain relevant and a renovated copy offers a chance to appreciate its ferocious visual form.
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