Memories to Choke On, Drinks to Wash Them Down

Ye heung, yuen yeung, sham shui po
dir. Kate Reilly, Leung Ming-kai
Hong Kong 2020, 78’

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Credits
Hong Kong 2020
Duration: 78’
director: Kate Reilly, Leung Ming-kai
screenplay: Kate Reilly, Leung Ming-kai
cinematography: Ming-Kai Leung, Hing-Wah Siu
editing: Marcus C. W Chan, Kate Reilly, Leung Ming-kai
music: Timothy Leung Lok-tin
cast: Cheok Mei Leong, Mia Mungil, Zeno Koo
producer: Kate Reilly, Leung Ming-kai
production: Gold Stone Workshop
language: Cantonese, English
colouration: colour
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Film description

Hong Kong is more than just a place. It is a unique experience in which the local mixes with the global, tradition meets modernity, and big politics affects the fates of the individuals. This is where people from all over the world meet, creating
a cultural mosaic and networks of economic dependencies, bringing in elements of their cultures, and the tastes of their cuisines… "Memories…" is a film composed of four novellas, casually grasping the essence of Hong Kong on the brink of its imminent end. Here, nostalgia and reflection meet tasty culinary tropes. It is important to remember that they were created by two artists, one from Hong Kong, the other from the US, both with international experience in filmmaking.

The last novella is a documentary, reminding us that we are here and now. The camera follows a young girl running for local office in 2019. We all know what happened next. The film reminds us, lightly yet pointedly, that the reality of Hong Kong and its future is made grim by political decisions, and that there are millions of lives at stake.

text:
Marcin Krasnowolski

Leung Ming-kai

As a cinematographer he worked on Sylvia Chang's "Murmur ofthe Hearts", Johnny Ma's "Old Stone", and Anocha Suwichakornpong's "By the Time It Gets Dark". Films he shot have been selected by festivals including Cannes, Berlin, Locarno, New York, Rotterdam. Kai has been nominated for various national cinematography awards. His most recent cinematography effort, Ray Yeung’s "Suk Suk", was justshown at Berlin Film Festival and is nominated for Best Picture at the Hong Kong Film Awards. Kai has also directed several awarded short films. "Memories to Choke On, Drinks to Wash Them Down" is his feature directorial debut. 

Filmography:

2007 Three Boys (kr. m.)

2007 Lock (kr. m.)

2011 On one (kr. m.)

2019 Wspomnienia, które dławią, trunki, które je naprawią | Ye heung, yuen yeung, sham shui po | Memories to Choke On, Drinks to Wash Them Down

Kate Reilly

An actress and filmmaker from the United States. As an actress, Kate has worked with directors including Anocha Suwichakornpong, John Magary, Lee Chatametikool, and Leung Ming-kai, in films that were selected by Rotterdam's Tiger Awards, Tribeca, Busan, and Edinburgh Film Festivals, as well as HBO’s US Comedy Arts Festival. Kate acts with New York theater group Polybe + Seats. Kate was on a house sketch team that wrote and performed live comedy at the Peoples Improv Theater in New York. She wrote for and produced Lock-in!, a variety show, and played Dorothy in improvised "Golden Girls" episodes.

Filmography:

2019 Wspomnienia, które dławią, trunki, które je naprawią | Ye heung, yuen yeung, sham shui po | Memories to Choke On, Drinks to Wash Them Down

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