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Chasing Dream

Wo de quan wang nan you
dir. Johnnie To
Hong Kong, China 2019, 118’
subtitles: Polish and English

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Polish premiere
Online Availability
11 Feb, 10:00 – 14 Feb
Additional Materials
Awards and festivals
Fantasia FF 2020 - Best Actor Udine Far East FF 2020 San Diego Asian FF 2020
Hong Kong, China 2019
Duration: 118’
director: Johnnie To
screenplay: Wai Ka-fai, Ryker Chan, Mak Tin-shu, Angus Chan
cinematography: To Hung Mo
editing: David Richardson
music: Peter Kam
cast: Jacky Heung, Keru Wang, Shao Bing, Bin Zi, Ma Xiaohui, Kelly Yu, Emotion Cheung
producer: Johnnie To, Wai Ka-fai, Elaine Chu
production: Hero Star Movie Cultural (Beijing) Company Limited, China Star Movie Limited, Milkyway Image (HK) Ltd Production
language: Cantonese
colouration: colour

Film description

She dreams of becoming a singer, but so far she is working in night clubs to pay off the gangster she owes money to. He is experiencing the ups and downs on his road to winning a MMA title. Bothe of them will do anything to finally be in the spotlight. Although they meet in very unfavorable circumstances, their journey through the unforgiving world of a brutal sport and the equally fierce celebrity rivalry will forge a bond stronger than any candlelight dinner ever could.

A romantic side of the master the dark Hong Kong action cinema? Apart from the virtuoso gangster films, beloved by audiences around the world, Johnnie To has also been making romantic comedies for the Chinese market. Permeated with local contexts and sense of humor, the films were not aimed at viewers from other regions – finding them was virtually impossible. In his newest project, presented in Poland for the first time, the director joins his two genre worlds, combining the essential elements of a touching love story and slapstick humor with a powerful form and choreographic imagination. The camera creates an equally expressive portrayal of boxing matches and music competitions, and the protagonists' challenging journey through the cities of the new Chinese reality seduces with its production panache.

Jagoda Murczyńska

Johnnie To

A Hong Kong director, screenwriter and producer born in 1955, accomplished at different genres and styles, best known as a master of gangster movies (e.g. "The Mission", "Election", "PTU"). A cult film author who won prizes at numerous festivals and a role model for a whole generation of young Hong Kong filmmakers, but also for Quentin Tarantino. Appreciated for his ability to combine accurate social observations with dynamic images and unconventional narration. Currently more and more frequently makes films in co-production with China.

Selected filmography:

1980 Bik seoi hon saan dyut meng gam / The Enigmatic Case

1989 Ah-long dik gu si / All About Ah-long 

1995 Mou mei san taam / Loving You 

1998 Bohater nie umiera nigdy / Chan sam ying hung / A Hero Never Dies 

2001 Miłość na diecie / Sau sun nam nui / Love on a Diet 

2003 Daai zek lou / Running on Karma 

2004 Rzut na matę / Throw Down / Yau doh lung fu bong

2005 Wybór mafii / Hak se wui / Election 

2007 Psychodetektyw / San taam / Mad Detective 

2012 Kartel / Du zhan / Drug War

2016 Trójka / San ren xing / Three

2019 Ścigając marzenie / Wo de quan wang nan you / Chasing Dream

2020 Septet / Baat bou bun / Septet (współreżyseria)

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