MADE IN HONG KONG
Restored by the Far East Film Festival, Fruit Chan’s impossible-to-find masterpiece ‘returns’ to Udine after twenty years!
Low-budget, nonprofessional actors, real locations: a genuine manifesto for independent cinema which comments on the Handover of 1997.
UDINE – For the Far East Film Festival, Hong Kong is more than just an inexhaustible source of movie marvels: it’s the place that gave birth to it. The first spark. The “Once upon a time…” from which, way back in 1998, the whole story began. At the time, what we can now think of as edition zero of the FEFF used to be called Hong Kong Film, and it’s one of the films shown back then – a film that later became a cult – which is the highpoint of the sixth day: we are talking about Fruit Chan’s legendary Made in Hong Kong, which we will finally see again in Udine for the international premiere of the FEFF’s brand new restored version, realised by Bologna specialists L’Immagine Ritrovata!
An independent film in the true sense of the word, Made in Hong Kong was shot on a tiny budget in real locations with nonprofessional actors and leftover film stock Fruit Chan had collected in his job as assistant director. Made with the financial support of HK superstar Andy Lau and Best Picture winner at the Hong Kong Film Awards, Made in Hong Kong is one of the first great Hong Kong films released after the Handover, the transfer of Hong Kong to China in 1997. It tells the story of the rise and fall of Moon (the extraordinary Sam Lee), a thug who has dropped out of school and lives in the pay of a mob boss. Destined for failure, his fate becomes even more certain when he falls in love with the terminally ill Ping…
“Fruit Chan is a great friend of our Festival,” comment Sabrina Baracetti and Thomas Bertacche, President and Festival coordinator of FEFF, “and we are very proud to be able to pay tribute to him, just as we are to have produced the restored version of Made in Hong Kong: one of the first films we brought to Udine, in 1998, and one of the titles that most inspired us, despite nowadays being impossible to find, on film or other media.”
SIXTH DAY OF THE FESTIVAL PROGRAMME:
Let’s not forget that, with Made in Hong Kong, the programme for the sixth day includes 10 movies: another journey through the heart of Asian cinema including brand new films and some grand “returns”: Fruit Chan’s, and on the screen of the Visionario, that of Infernal Affairs, Andrew Lau and Alan Mak‘s extraordinary action thriller which was shown at Udine in 2003.
Policeman And Me
by Hiroki Ryuichi
From a manga for high-school girls, a comedy of the absurd with a sparkling, musical rhythm, all filtered through the delicate sensibility of Ryuichi Hiroki.
In the spotlight from 14.30 to 15.15, the new Japanese cinema. Next, from 15.30 to 16.15, meeting with the legendary Feng Xiaogang, 2017 Golden Mulberry Award for Lifetime Achievement winner.
by Alan Mak and Anthony Pun
(Hong Kong/China, 2017)
The fathers of Infernal Affairs are back, and their pedigree guarantees suspense, action and grand spectacle!
Mifune: The Last Samurai
by Steven Okazaki
Toshiro Mifune was the first Japanese – or Asian – actor to become an international star of action cinema. Finally, a documentary that retraces his extraordinary life and career.
by Kim Tae-yun
(South Korea, 2017)
A gripping legal thriller based on a true story.
Hamon: Yakuza Boogie
di Kobayasi Syoutarou
Drama and comedy in a buddy film packed with gags, flashes of violence and, above all, two irresistible protagonists.
Made In Hong Kong
di Fruit Chan
(Hong Kong, 1997)
Moon is a thug who has dropped out of school and lives in the pay of a mob boss. Destined for failure, his fate becomes even more certain when he falls in love with the terminally ill Ping. An essential film and a dense blend of urban alienation and youthful despair shot with a complete lack of funds and an impressive freshness. Released shortly after the handover of ’97 (upon which it reflects allegorically), Made In Hong Kong returns twenty years on thanks to the restored version promoted by the Far East Film Festival.
by Park Kwang-hyun
(South Korea, 2017)
A hi-tech action film that keeps raising the stakes with humour and a great sense of spectacle.
Moments In A Stolen Dream
by Mike De Leon
A bitter love story that unveils the contradictions at the heart of Philippino family and society.
by Yaguchi Shinobu
And suddenly, there was darkness! A powercut in Tokyo brings everything to a standstill. From being a temporary blackout, the situation becomes permanent, but the Suzuki family don’t lose heart…
by Andrew Lau and Alan Mak
(Hong Kong, 2002)
A policeman and a member of the triads work as undercover agents inside the two opposing factions and each is instructed to discover the identity of the other before his own is revealed. The crisis in Hong Kong is reflected in that of the two main characters in an action thriller which became a legend and a cultural touchstone for everything that Hong Kongers consider representative of their local cinema.