Cheung King-wai turns from documentaries to fiction with this multiple-award winning slow-burn crime drama.
Hong Kong, 2017
Dir Cheung King-wai
In Cantonese with English Subtitles
Acclaimed documentary director Cheung King-wai (The Taste of Youth) makes his feature debut with a bleak and compelling tale of troubled youth in Hong Kong. Based loosely on a real-life incident, the film revolves around the case of a young girl who murdered her parents and the pregnant police officer investigating the reasons why (pop idol and rom-com queen Stephy Tang, doing a fantastic job of shedding her former image), who has a dark family secret of her own. Bold, engrossing and unflinchingly grim, the film is both a challenging piece of highly accomplished social realism and a slow-burn masterpiece of crime cinema. Cheung makes the move from documentaries to fiction with ease, and the film draws power from its observational approach, taking a non-judgemental view of its characters, finding sympathy for them even when their actions are monstrous.
About Cheung King-wai
Cheung King-wai is the winner of many awards, including The Best New Director at the 29th Hong Kong Film Awards, the Winner of the Best Documentary, the Best Sound Editing and the Best Editing at the 46th Golden Horse Awards, as well as the Award for Best Artist at Hong Kong Arts Development Awards 2009.
Born in Hong Kong in 1968, Cheung King-wai graduated from Brooklyn College, at City University of New York. In 2001, his first film project, Farewell Hong Kong, competed in the Sundance Film Festival, and his first feature-length script, God’s Apple, won him the Excellent Prize in the Mainland, Hong Kong & Taiwan Myth Script Creation Contest. In2005, his second script, The Way We Are, was awarded the Best Story Prize in Hong Kong-Asia Film Financing Forum, and was later directed by Ann Hui as Night and Fog. In 2008, his first feature documentary, All’s Right with the World, was nominated for the Humanitarian Award at the 32nd Hong Kong International Film Festival. In 2009, his feature documentary, KJ: Music and Life won the Best Documentary, the Best Sound Editing and the Best Editing at the 46th Golden Horse Awards. The film also won Cheung the Best New Director at the Hong Kong Film Awards and was nominated for other three awards. The film was released theatrically in Hong Kong, running for over 8 months and breaking box office records.
In 2010, his short fiction film Crimson Jade was nominated for the Best Short Film at the 47th Golden Horse Awards and was selected for the 33rd Clermont-ferrand Short Film Festival. In 2011, his feature documentary One Nation, Two Cities was nominated for the Humanitarian Award at the 35th Hong Kong International Film Festival. It was released theatrically, running for 5 months. In 2012, his documentary projects Music and the Nation and Young Girl Star were selected by Hong Kong-Asia Film Financing Forum and funded by Hong Kong Arts Development Council respectively. His fiction short film The Waves was completed in 2012, and in 2014 his short fiction film Hill of Ilha Verde was awarded the Best Story Award at Macao International Film and Video Festival 2014 and the Narrative Feature Golden Award and the IndieFlix Audience Award at USADC Chinese Film Festival. In 2016, his feature documentary The Taste of Youth was premiered at the 40th Hong Kong International Film Festival in the Hong Kong Film Panorama section, before being released theatrically.
Somewhere Beyond the Mist (2017)
Young Girl Star (In-production)
The Taste of Youth (2016)
Hill of Ilha Verde (2014) – short
The Waves (2012) – short
Winter Sunshine (2011) – short
One Nation, Two Cities (2011)
Crimson Jade (2010) – short
KJ Music and Life (2009)
All’s Right with the World (2008)
About Nicole Chan (Chan Wai-yee)
Nicole Chan has over 10 year-experiences in producing, promoting and distributing independent movies. In 2004, at the age of 17, she directed a short documentary Gay or Not, which won the International Young Film Makers Award at Up-and-Coming International Film Festival Hannover And an Honourable Mention at Bangkok International Film Festival. The film was selected for more than 10 international film festivals. In 2008, studying Comparative Literature at the University of Hong Kong, she won the pitching at CNEX out of 100 participants. With the fund, she made a documentary The District Councillor, which was awarded a Special Mention at Chinese Documentary Film Festival.
In 2009, she helped establish the Hong Kong branch of CNEX, promoting documentaries including KJ: Music and Life and Let the Wind Carry Me. She attended pitching forums in France, Korea and Taiwan, bringing Chinese projects to international platforms. Meanwhile, she promoted local independent movies like 1+1 and Crimson Jade. Since 2011, she has joined Beautiful Productions Limited established by Director Cheung King-wai to assist in different positions. Now, she is a project manager, who makes director’s creative ideas happen.
Somewhere Beyond the Mist (2017, Producer)
The District Councillor (2009, Director)
Gay or Not (2004, Director)
Support for the Hong Kong programmes under CVF, including the visit of Cheung King-wai and Nicole Chan, comes courtesy of the Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office, London.